The Circle, First Nations Entrepreneurs Hub


Renewal SA, National Indigenous Australians Agency


Cox Architecture, WSP

Client Project Manager

Renewal SA

Delivery Model

Lump Sum


Adelaide, SA


6 weeks

Project Size


Project Summary

The Circle – First Nations Entrepreneur Hub was established as a joint effort
between the Australian Government and South Australian Government and seeks
to build and support indigenous-owned businesses within South Australia. As such,
partnering with a majority-indigenous owned contractor was important for the
client, and DLG SHAPE was selected to deliver this project.

The works involved the creation of new offices with upgraded finishes, new joinery,
and furniture which featured indigenous designs and suppliers.

The project site was located within Lot Fourteen within the Adelaide CBD, more
specifically, within the heritage-listed Eleanor Harrald Building. As such, the main
challenge for this project was delivering the works within a busy precinct that was
currently undergoing many concurrent projects both in the same building and
neighbouring buildings.

As our capability partner, SHAPE, was already present within the building to
undertake the ground floor fitout works, DLG SHAPE and the client could benefit
from this by sharing project resources and access pathways. This allowed both
projects to proceed without impacting each other and by streamlining access routes
and delivery timing.

The Eleanor Harrald Building also had multiple tenants within the upper floors
so minimising disruption was a key consideration throughout the works. Due to
the age of the building, the heritage layout provided some challenges regarding
access. To counter this, the project was staged to try and limit the impact that the
construction activities would have with the building tenants.

The final result was very positive, with the works completed in time for The Circle’s
soft launch and the delivery meeting the client’s budget without sacrificing on their
functional and design goals.