Article by Matt Mckenzie courtesy of the West Australia.

Gina Rinehart has turned the first soil at a $20 million project to renovate the future West Perth headquarters of iron ore miner Roy Hill Holdings.

The office building at 53 Ord Street could house up to 600 staff for the big mining company, which is embarking on expansion plans at its multi-billion-dollar Pilbara export operations.

It was revealed in October the City of Perth had signed off on planning approval for the site, which will be themed on the red Australian wildflower the Sturt desert pea. The flower and the pink theme reflect Roy Hill executive chairman Gina Rinehart’s long commitment to breast cancer research and support.

Mrs Rinehart said the building, which will feature a roof garden and solar panels, would be welcoming for staff and visitors.

“We love our firsts at Roy and our design will be the first of its kind in Australia, indeed the world,” Mrs Rinehart said.

“It is fitting our new West Australian corporate headquarters will embody something so Australian and special as the Sturt desert pea.”

The building sold for $60m in April 2022, according to CoreLogic, and was formerly occupied by oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips.

Mrs Rinehart’s business empire includes Hancock Prospecting, based nearby on Ventnor Avenue.