The QVB is an iconic and contemporary shopping destination that provides customers with a world-class shopping experience in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
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To coincide with the completion of the refurbishment, QVB was relaunched as an iconic and contemporary shopping destination that provides customers with a world-class shopping experience in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
The Queen Victoria Building was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of trade's people, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated.
Over many decades, change saw the concert hall become the city library, offices proliferate and more tenants move in, including piano tuners, palmists and clairvoyants. Drastic 'remodelling' occurred during the austere 1930s and the main occupant was the Sydney City Council. As recently as 1959 the Queen Victoria Building was threatened with demolition.
In 1986 Ipoh Gardens Berhad, a Malaysian company restored the QVB. They signed a 99-year lease with Council in August 1983. The restored building was opened on 18 November 1986 at a development cost of $86 million.
Whilst the major refurbishment of the mid 80's was initially successful, the building has remained untouched for a long period. In 2008, Ipoh Pty Limited commenced a $48 million refurbishment of the centre. Completed in mid 2009, the refurbishment works sought to enhance the heritage and architectural values of the building, and ensure that the QVB continues to set the standard as a world-class shopping destination whilst keeping pace with commercial realities of the 21st century. The centre received a cosmetic makeover to improve and modernise its appearance including new signage, shopfronts, carpets and painting. New escalators were added linking Ground to Level 1, to improve the traffic flow to upper levels, and escalators from Level 1 to 2 were also replaced. Behind the scenes work was also conducted on air conditioning, chillers, power and other elements to modernise the building and improve water and power usage.
Key retailers include Country Road, Oroton, Bally, Longchamp, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swarovski, Victoria's Secret, Haigh's Chocolates, Hobby Co. and The Tea Room.
455 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9264 9209