Refitting a 70’s Gem with LED Technology

61 Mary St LED Refit


For 61 Mary St, Brisbane, GLG was asked to design a full LED solution for net lettable and core building areas, including office areas, meeting rooms, communications rooms, foyers, lunch breakout rooms, toilets and basement.

This existing office tower owned by QIC had remained unchanged since its construction in the 1970’s. The brief was to refit the entire building including supplying energy efficient lighting. Although not strictly a ‘Greenstar Project’, it was designed with that intent, whilst meeting the client’s commercial expectations.


In each breakout lunch room, GLG supplied DOT9700 Surface cans. The architect envisaged an industrial style area with exposed vents, concrete ceilings, cable trays etc. GLG presented the DOT can with a powder coated rod which was initially seen by the client as being ‘too modern’. At this point, GLG was able to engage directly with our supplier Nimbus Lighting to supply the can with a customised back plate so the electrical contractor could install using threaded rod. This change brought the lighting solution into line with the industrial theme.

With a few delivery challenges along the way there could have been significant delays on this project, however with constant communication between our Brisbane office and Sydney headquarters, any issues were resolved quickly and efficiently to ensure efficient delivery. The entire project was completed within a 5-month period.


This project was released as a full Design and Construct project with all risk and ownership falling onto Fredon QLD. This tier one contractor in the QLD market is one of GLG’s largest contractors, whom we’ve worked with for several years. They know they can partner with GLG to deliver a successful result.

GLG also have a close relationship with WSP, who worked for the builder and had the responsibility of signing off all lighting, reticulation, mechanical and switchboard plans. Our established relationship with them helped ensure the lines of communication remained open, streamlining the approval process.