The University of Queensland has submitted plans to Brisbane City Council to refurbish two levels one of the city’s historic buildings, Custom Credit House, as part of an expansion of their city teaching facilities for MBA students and executive education clients.
The application said the faculty of Business, Economics and Law would occupy two floors with plans designed by leading architecture firm Woods Bagot.
Level 6 of the building is set to be a teaching facility for MBA an Executive Education programs and office space. Level 7 is targeted to be used for alumni and advancement related activities.
The Chancellor’s Office and executive support staff would be located on this floor to be able to engage with alumni and VIP guests.
A UQ spokeswoman confirmed to BrisbaneTimes.com.au that the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law had leased the site, but said she was unable to provide further information about the plans.
The seven-storey interwar building was constructed in 1926 from a design by Melbourne architects Gibbs, Finlay and Morsby and Brisbane-based Thomas BM Wightman. Suncorp Insurance purchased the property in 1988.
The Queensland Heritage Register recognises the building as “a fine example of an interwar commercial building reflecting the dignity and solidity of a financial institution”.
University of Queensland Business School has an exisiting facility, UQ Business School Downtown, in the CBD which has executive education teaching rooms and an MBA teaching theatre