BRISBANE'S PROJECT OF THE YEAR: SETTING A NEW STANDARD
8 July 2016, Written by Karen Rickert
IN addition to taking out Project of the Year in 2016, Watpac Construction has set a new benchmark for office construction with 180 Brisbane.
The $300 million high rise on Ann Street towers above the CBD offering almost 60,000m2 of A-grade commercial space spanning 34 storeys.
Completed last December, 180 Brisbane comprises a ground and podium retail precinct, 200 parking spaces, 192 bicycle racks for tenants and shower and locker facilities.
The building is a striking addition to the city's skyline featuring a large-scale artistic imprint of the Brisbane River on its facade, designed by architects Crone Partners.
Watpac Limited managing director Martin Monro says 180 Brisbane represents a pivotal project for not only the group but also the city.
He says the combination of smart technology and environmentally-conscious elements present an attractive office solution for a wide range of businesses.
"We are proud to be playing a major role in delivering this project for Daisho as it has marked a turning point in Brisbane's building industry and one that has also raised the bar for environmentally sustainable design," Martin says.
"The 180 Brisbane project has reinforced the group's expertise in delivering commercial developments and it has been exciting to watch the project take shape, becoming a new landmark tower for the city, worthy of its prime location."
It's the first building in Brisbane to achieve a 6-Star Green Star Design Rating and 6-Star Green Star As-built Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, with rainwater and greywater recycling and a tri-generation plant for energy generation.
The office space has been designed to promote a healthy work environment, including floor-by-floor fresh air intakes and stepped ceilings to encourage natural light.
International property developer Daisho Group appointed Watpac as managing contractor in 2013 as part of its investment in Brisbane's commercial market.
The strategy was rewarded after snaring high-profile client Commonwealth Bank as anchor tenant of the building.