Sydney’s Australian Technology Park reached construction milestone
The companies behind the Australian Technology Park redevelopment in Redfern have celebrated the topping out of the first of three buildings that will make up the $1 billion project.
Mirvac and its fellow with consortium members AMP Capital, Sunsuper and Centuria Property Funds completed main structural works with the nine-storey “building 1” set to be finalised by 2019.
Building 1, designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, comprises 42,500sq m of commercial space, boasting the largest office floor plates in the country at 5500-8600sq m.
Mirvac managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz said that the topping out had occurred ahead of schedule.
“[The topping out] underlines the significant progress that has been achieved in the past 12 months since construction began,” Hurwitz said.
Mirvac partnered with Commonwealth Bank to develop the original tender for the site, with the big four bank occupying 94,000sq m across three buildings. The bank has signed a 15-year lease for at least 10,000 of its employees.
Commonwealth Bank Group Property and Security executive general manager Jennifer Saiz said the goal at was to create Australia’s “pre-eminent innovation district”.
“The important thing for us is that this is a vibrant place, not only for our 10,000 employees and the precinct’s other businesses but also for our surrounding communities, to live, work, learn, experience and create in.”
The ATP’s first building will soon be accompanied by two other structures, a four-storey multi-purpose building and the other a seven-storey commercial office building.
The completed project will eventually cater to 18,000 workers when it reaches completion in 2020, featuring cafes, a supermarket, sporting facilities and public spaces.
The precinct will provide more than 700 car spaces, as well as 600-plus secure bicycle spots across the three buildings.
The developers have also invested in initiatives such as Hoist, the “innovation and technology” co-working space on site, with a range of other collaborative opportunities being explored across research, employment, education and incubator spaces for local businesses.
Construction of the ATP’s second building is expected to top out in September this year, with the third and final building expected to top out mid-year 2019.
On Sunday 6 November, Mirvac opened the doors to its headquarters at EY Centre, 200 George Street, for the annual Sydney Open, an event aimed at celebrating the past, present and future of Sydney’s most architecturally inspiring buildings.
Sydney Open is run by Sydney Living Museums and is a chance for the public to explore our city’s unique architectural history. The event provides Sydneysiders and visitors the opportunity to enjoy behind the scenes access to some of the city’s most loved architecture, groundbreaking contemporary masterpieces and everything in between.
On 6 November, over 2,600 visitors walked through levels 28 and 29 of 200 George Street, Mirvac’s headquarters, exploring the innovative features and modern fit-out. Inside the building, visitors got to see the industry-leading façade, which gives the building its unique appearance.
Visitors were shown a range of ‘Smart Building’ initiatives, including the workplace layout and innovative fitout, which are designed to promote collaboration and interaction, with floor plate configuration that allows activity based working and improves the flow of people throughout the space.
In addition to EY Centre, Sydney Open ticket holders could tour through Arup Studios and Workshop, Australia Square, Sydney Town Hall, Fort Phillip Signal Station and Parliament House.
At Mirvac, we’re proud of what we have accomplished with 200 George Street and it was great to share our vision with eager architects, builders and the wider Sydney community.
On Monday 22nd May, Mirvac and our major tenants, Pitcher Partners and ExxonMobil, celebrated a construction milestone with the Topping Off of 664 Collins Street, Melbourne.
Simon Healy spoke on behalf of Mirvac and the development team, saying “Mirvac is proud to reach this significant milestone at 664 Collins. The development showcases the strength of Mirvac’s integrated model, managing the end-to-end journey of the development through planning, construction and delivery for long term tenancy.”
“664 Collins will feature innovative smart technology, allowing us to better understand the building’s utilisation, collecting real-time data to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Focusing on tenant experience, we’re creating connectivity throughout the building; developing adaptive and intuitive workplaces.”
“The Topping Off ceremony today acknowledges a successful collaboration between partners, tenants and stakeholders in the delivery of 664 Collins, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of Mirvac.”
664 Collins Street represents the final stage of the Southern Cross Station complex and will comprise of a 26,000 square metre A-grade office building across 9 levels.
The building will be equipped with innovative smart technology and sustainability features, including a 5 Star Green Star Design and 5 Star NABERS Energy rating being targeted. It also embraces best in class tenant end-of-trip facilities, along with on-site car parking. 664 Collins Street is due for completion in 2018.
Over the past 3 years, Mirvac has been working in partnership with Unwired Ventures, the producers of the annual global conference, WORKTECH. This year as a platinum sponsor Mirvac hosted a breakfast for 70 of our top clients and partners, featuring keynote speaker Dr Kristine Dery, Research Scientist from MIT Sloan and Philip Ross, CEO of Unwired Ventures, as well as Paul Edwards discussing his recently published paper on the ‘Intermix Approach’.
The breakfast explored themes such as overcoming the challenges around employee connectedness by unlocking the potential for responsive leadership in the digital sphere; removing bureaucratic silos within an organisation and using technology to engineer serendipity between colleagues in physical space; and how we can create a physical space that helps to facilitate the sharing of knowledge as people interact in less formal and more diverse ways.
The three discussion topics emphasized how a ‘set and forget’ approach to implementing technology within a workplace is dangerous to employee connectedness if it does not easily align to different requirements.
The following day at the conference, Paul addressed over 400 individuals from real estate, technology and innovation divisions, presenting his ideas on the future of the SMART precincts. With reference to Mirvac’s new development, ATP, Paul highlighted how this development will set a new precedent in base build technology and how this can add value to businesses and allow them to thrive in a new digital world.
To download the full version of ‘The Intermix Approach: Activating the Smart Precinct’, please click here or email Paul Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Riverside Quay, Southbank – construction completion
On Friday 3rd March, 2017 we celebrated the end of construction of 2 Riverside Quay with over 100 guests on the beautiful sun-soaked rooftop terrace. Achieving practical completion two months ahead of schedule, 2 Riverside Quay is a testament to the exceptional hard work of the team and our partners. Mirvac worked in close collaboration with PwC to create a bespoke Head Quarters using innovative design and construction techniques to deliver 12-storeys of A-grade office space above an existing public car park.
The Melbourne city skyline provided the perfect backdrop for the celebration, with our event company curating a colourful, lively and vibrant space complete with a gelato cart from a local gelataria. Simon Healy, General Manager of Commercial Development, welcomed our guests and introduced three key speakers, Daryl Browning, CEO of ISPT; Karl Fender, Director of Fender Katsalidis Architects; and Peter Konidaris, Managing Partner of PwC.
Riverside Quay is a world-class office precinct, set to transform Melbourne’s Southbank into a vibrant community hub and unique office environment. The building will be one of Melbourne’s leading environmentally sustainable buildings, with a 5 star NABERS Energy rating and 5 star Green Star as built. Featuring striking architecture from Fender Katsalidis Architects, the building maximises the natural light exposure of the north facing outlook. The commissioned public art is a significant element of the public space and cleverly conceals the carpark at the base of the building.