Soundbridge gives new life to Quay St historic building
IT WAS once the hub for Rockhampton socialites; now it's a buzzing hive of financial advisers and accountants.
Soundbridge Financial Solutions, which has operated locally since 1978, has breathed new life into the heritage-listed former Rockhampton Club building at 166 Quay St.
The $1.1 million riverfront property left the hands of the Rockhampton Club in 2000 and was home to an accounting firm for 14 years.
Just a month after hitting the market in October 2014, Soundbridge snaffled it up.
Soundbridge general manager Penny Farrell, who is the daughter of the company's founding principal, said the historic building was a fitting match for the local generational business.
Mrs Farrell said after buying the property and completing extensive refurbishments, Soundbridge relocated from their premises on Gladstone Rd about six weeks ago.
"We purchased the building and it needed a bit of a facelift so we've done quite extensive works on the building," she said.
"Upstairs we have replaced the veranda because it was all rotted; the floor at ground level was also rotted so we had to do some replacement there.
"We've put new carpets and paint and generally spruced the place up.
"We still have the old bedrooms and the old dining room doors and we stripped back the staircase to its original condition.
"We may still remove some walls upstairs because previous owners and tenants throughout the years have put walls in and it has changed the form of the building.
"We're going to open that back up because we plan to hold client functions upstairs."
Mrs Farrell said while the Rockhampton Regional Council's push for CBD revitalisation wasn't a driving factor in the move, it worked in well with their plans.
"It's a beautiful area on the riverfront so we thought it was a wonderful opportunity for us as a business to move in here and move forward," she said.
"We have been in contact with the new town planner, Russell Klaus, and what I've noticed as well is it's not just us that have moved in.
"Next door has been completely refurbished as well and I know other businesses that are moving into the CBD.
"There is plenty going on and I think it is starting to happen. We have a beautiful natural resource here in the river and coming to work here is quite relaxing."
Mrs Farrell said the expansion of Soundbridge was behind the move.
"We've recently been in a growth phase and have tripled our staff in the last two years. We just couldn't fit into the old premises any longer," she said.