Having been at the Carillon City Office Tower for over seven years Engenium has now waved goodbye to the building that had become our home.

Our business has grown to a point where the space no longer meets our requirements and a new office has been found just around the corner on Level 2, 88 William Street.

Our new offices are bright and spacious, and most importantly, we are all on the same floor which creates a more sociable and friendly working environment. We are particularly pleased with our kitchen and its huge lunch bar - a great place to meet for a beer on Friday afternoons.

Also known as Walsh’s Building, 88 William Street is located on the corner of Hay Street and William Street in Perth’s CBD and has an interesting history, including two fires over its lifetime.

Previously known as the Economic Store Building the site was destroyed by a fire in 1921. It was then re-built in 1922 and consequently renamed to Walsh’s Building when Walsh’s Menswear store opened on the ground floor.

The building was designed in the inter-war Art Deco style by Talbot Hobbs, an architect responsible for a number of buildings in the Perth CBD.

In 2007 the building succumbed to another fire forcing its closure. It was then renovated for a second time in 2010 at a cost of approximately $15 million, resulting in the stunning offices we have today.

Photo of the clean-up following the fire in 1921.

Taken from the Western Mail on Thursday 20 January 1921, courtesy of the National Library of Australia archives