Archive | April, 2010

1 Bligh Street achieves world leadership 6 Star Green Star

22 Apr

Mon 29 Mar, 2010 Industry News

1 Bligh Street achieves world leadership 6 Star Green Star and highest rating in Sydney.

Co-owners of 1 Bligh Street DEXUS Property Group, DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund and Cbus Property today announced that the 1 Bligh Street office development in Sydney has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 Certified rating.

1 Bligh Street has also been awarded the highest Green Star rating score in Sydney/NSW, which includes the maximum allowable five points for innovation in categories such as environmental design initiative and exceeding Green Star benchmarks.

DEXUS CEO, Victor Hoog Antink said “Every aspect of 1 Bligh Street, from Australia’s first high rise double skin facade to the unique full building height naturally ventilated atrium, is designed to optimise sustainability and tenant amenity throughout the 28 level development. As co-owners, we are delighted that our vision to deliver the next generation of sustainable office buildings has been recognised through the achievement of a world leadership 6 Star Green Star rating.”

The double skin façade system is a major contributor to the 6 Star Green Star rating and allows the energy consumption of the building to be kept at a minimum, and facilitates the energy performance to be maintained at 5 Stars NABERS Energy levels with a 42% CO2 reduction when compared to a similar sized conventional office tower.

Other innovations which contributed to 1 Bligh Street’s leading score and sustainability credentials include:

  • the solar cooling system which feeds into the tri-generation system that reduces the strain on the CBD grid infrastructure by a further 25% and provides free cooling for the building
  • the specially formulated high strength concrete used and the column design which reduces the number of columns, and therefore minimises the amount of concrete used
  • the first use of a black water recycling in a high rise office building that will save 100,000 litres of drinking water a day, equivalent to an Olympic swimming pool every two weeks
  • state-of-the-art water efficient fittings, rainwater harvesting and fire system water reuse
  • all timber and plywood used in the structure is recycled or from FSC accredited sources
  • 90% of all steel used in the project comprises more than 50% recycled content

80% of all PVC type products have been replaced with non PVC materials
Grocon CEO, Daniel Grollo, who is also a founding member of the GBCA, said he was proud that all involved had shown world leadership on this project. “This is a fantastic project in the centre of Sydney and symbolises a new way forward in sustainability features,” he said.

“The use of unique high strength concrete with a lower cement content means there is 5,768 tonnes less of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere and to date, we have recycled 37,000 tonnes or 94% of all construction waste produced on the project.”

Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system undertaken by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings. The 6 Star Green Star Rating is the highest awarded by the GBCA.

“We congratulate the co-owners DEXUS Property Group, DWPF and Cbus Property for this world class achievement,” says the Chief Executive of the GBCA, Romilly Madew. “Achieving five innovation points (out of five) reflects that 1 Bligh Street is a truly ground-breaking green building. Following DEXUS’s 123 Albert Street in Brisbane receiving a 6 Star Green Star and DEXUS’s/Cbus Property’s pursuit for sustainability throughout their respective portfolios, 1 Bligh Street further confirms the co-owners’ commitment to sustainability and green building innovation.”

When 1 Bligh Street is completed in May 2011 the building will provide a new benchmark for sustainable office space. 1 Bligh will provide the highest levels of tenant amenity including spectacular views in all directions, in particular, the premium northern aspect over Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay.

The unique full height atrium and elliptical shaped floor plates enables 74% of the building to be within 8m of either the façade or the atrium, providing large amounts of natural light into the building and spectacular views in all directions. Occupying a premium corporate address in the heart of Australia’s financial capital, 1 Bligh will be a striking new addition to the Sydney skyline.
For further information contact:

DEXUS/DWPF/Cbus: Emma Parry 0421 000 329
Grocon: Jane Wilson 0407 831 456


1 Bligh Street – Sydney’s first high rise office tower to incorporate blackwater technology

Mon 29 Mar, 2010 Industry News

1 Bligh Street – Sydney’s first high rise office tower to incorporate blackwater technology

DEXUS and co-owners DWPF and Cbus Property announced that NSW Water Minister, Phil Costa today awarded the first combined private network and retailer’s water recycling licence to the 1 Bligh St development, making it Sydney CBD’s first high rise commercial office tower to incorporate blackwater recycling technology.

Minister Costa said construction is under way on a recycled treatment plant in the basement of the new development to treat waste water for use in the building’s toilets and cooling towers.

“This licence is the first of its kind to be granted to a Sydney high rise and will save 100,000 litres of precious drinking water a day,” Minister Costa said.
“This licence, granted under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 is part of a NSW Government strategy to secure Sydney’s drinking water by attracting private investment in recycled water projects.”

Under the project:

  • Wastewater is mined from the nearby sewer main and the base building
  • Wastewater will then be treated to the highest standards approved by NSW Health at the recycled water plant in the basement
  • Water is then distributed around the building for non-drinking purposes, with 75,000 litres used for cooling towers and 25,000 litres will be used for flushing toilets.

“Recycling is an important part of our Metropolitan Water Plan to secure Sydney’s drinking supplies, along with key initiatives including desalination, water efficiency, and dam upgrades,” Minister Costa said.

“It is vital we attract private investment into water recycling to ensure we meet our target of recycling 12 per cent of Sydney’s water needs by 2015.
“This project will reduce the volume of wastewater being pumped to Bondi and entering the ocean.”

The 1 Bligh Street development is co-owned by DEXUS, DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund and Cbus, and being built by Grocon. Aquacell will build and operate the recycled water infrastructure.

Aquacell CEO Colin Fisher said the granting of the licence is an important part of a sustainable future for NSW. “Recycled water schemes like this will ease pressure on water, energy and land as our population increases – this legislation ensures ongoing management is robust and a level playing field is achieved. Only organisations that meet the highest standards can be issued a licence which streamlines the approval process for future schemes. We are really honoured to be the first company to be granted the licence.
We plan to add other sites in NSW to our licence, which will open the way for developers to access private sewer and recycled water schemes where they are urgently needed.”

DEXUS CEO, Victor Hoog Antink said: “Consistent with the co-owners commitment to sustainability. 1 Bligh Street has been designed to be the next generation in high performing sustainable office space, incorporating world leading technology and design innovation. We are delighted to be announcing today another key milestone in 1 Bligh Street’s development with the awarding of the new blackwater recycling licence; a first for Sydney and the first high rise office building in the CBD to incorporate this leading technology”.

Grocon CEO, Daniel Grollo said the company’s core value of sustainability was being embraced with the incorporation of blackwater sewer mining on 1 Bligh St. “Water is a precious resource and its preservation is being achieved through the use of this system. This system provides 100% recycled water for toilet flushing, as well as 90% of cooling tower makeup water – thus demand on the water infrastructure is drastically minimised. It has been great to work with DEXUS/Cbus Property and Aquacell on this initiative.”

NSW Minister Costa said the 1 Bligh St development will be opened in May 2011.
“We have some of the largest recycled water projects in Australia under construction or online across greater Sydney and we are on track toward the Metropolitan Water Plan target of producing 70 billion litres a year by 2015,” Minister Costa said.

“Water efficient devices such as taps, showerheads and washing machines, and Water Wise Rules will help save up to 24 per cent of Sydney’s water needs by 2015.

Metropolitan Water Plan key initiatives include:

  • $119 million on deep water storage from Sydney’s dams providing up to an extra 10 per cent, providing Sydney with 6 months supply in extreme drought;
  • $30.5 million has been spent on recycled water projects across greater Sydney towards the target of providing 12 per cent savings by 2015;
  • $1.9 billion on the Desalination Plant to provide up to 15 per cent; and
  • $26 million on almost 1 million rebates and offers helping to save up to 24 per cent by 2015 along with educational campaigns and our new Water Wise Rules.

Media contacts:

Minister for Water: Claire March 0403 937 849
DEXUS/DWPF/Cbus: Emma Parry 0421 000 329
Aquacell: Nicola Rutzou 0421 179 953
Grocon: Jane Wilson 0407831456
Architectus + Ingenhoven: Jackie Blundell 02 8252 840



Sydney Fish Markets to receive major upgrade

7 Apr

07 Apr 10 Centralmag by staff

Sydney Fish Market is set for a $40 million facelift to secure its future as the city’s premier seafood marketplace, under a new partnership between the State Government and Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd.

The Government will contribute up to $20 million towards the redevelopment, which will include funding for a new harbour side foreshore park. 

Last financial year alone, the Sydney Fish Market traded 13,600 tonnes of seafood, generating $152 million in retail sales and attracted 3.5 million visitors a year, with more than 30 per cent coming from interstate or overseas.

The redevelopment aims to boost visitor numbers by 30 per cent and retail business by 20 per cent, with space for up to 12 extra retailers.

It includes a 36 per cent increase in wholesale and retail space, a new boardwalk, new parkland, outdoor dining and public foreshore access as well as measures to reduce odour.

“The Fish Market has been an icon since the mid 1960s, and has become synonymous with Christmas and Easter in Sydney,” Premier Kristina Keneally said. 

Minister for State Development, Ian Macdonald, said the redevelopment will improve the Fish Market’s appearance as well as its performance and safety.

“This partnership will bring this cultural icon up to world class standards,” Mr Macdonald said.

“The site will be significantly improved though better transport links, better pedestrian access, reduced odour, foreshore access and open space,” Mr Macdonald said.

Member for Balmain, Verity Firth, said the local community has long called for improvements to the Sydney Fish Market. 

The redevelopment will be planned and coordinated to avoid major disruption of the fish market’s business.

The Department of Planning will work with the Sydney Fish Market to develop a concept plan for the entire site so that a development application can be lodged this financial year.


Fish market sick to the gills on $80m delay

Sunanda Creagh Urban Affairs Reporter May 3, 2008 SMH

THE Sydney Fish Market’s board of directors is considering abandoning an $80 million plan to upgrade its decaying Pyrmont headquarters because the NSW Government has dithered so long about its future.

The market’s managing director, Grahame Turk, said that after 2½ years he had given up waiting to hear if the Government would contribute $30 million towards the restructuring, which was to include a public reserve on the present car park and a new harbour foreshore walk.

“We have a board meeting next week and I will be saying then we have really run out of time. We have to commit some serious money to patching up what we have got now and forget about the idea of major redevelopment,” he said.

Since the Sydney Fish Market redevelopment master plan was approved by the Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, in 2005, Mr Turk has sought funding from the Premier, the Department of State and Regional Development, the Department of Planning, Treasury, and the Department of Primary Industries.

“We are just bewildered by the total lack of response. You make a presentation and you get a bunch of nodding heads and nothing happens. I was supposed to have a meeting with David Richmond [NSW Co-ordinator General of Infrastructure] and he didn’t turn up,” Mr Turk said.

He said it was too late to consider moving the entire fish market to another site, such as the car unloading wharf on Glebe Island at White Bay.

“We couldn’t afford to build a whole new fish markets at White Bay,” he said. “We have been pushing back major maintenance on this site for about five years. We will be staying right where we are and starting repairs. It will be putting lipstick on the bulldog, but it’s all we can do.”

The company needs to spend about $10 million resurfacing the car park, putting in a new roof and fixing the drainage system.

“Once we do that it will be financially not possible to walk away and build elsewhere,” Mr Turk said.

A spokeswoman for the Premier said the Government was considering the future of the Sydney Fish Market as part of a review of the Bays Precinct, including Glebe Island and White Bay, Rozelle Bay, Blackwattle Bay and the former rail yards at Rozelle.

“The NSW Government recognises the issues faced by the Sydney Fish Market and we want to help them find the best possible solution that maximises their commercial operational capacity and public accessibility – including transport access,” the spokeswoman said.

She did not say why it was taking the Government so long to decide on the future of the site.


Pitt Street to become jewel in retail crown

4 Apr


Billion-dollar strip… $1.4 billion will be invested in Pitt Street Mall by 2012. Photo: Helen Nezdropa

SYDNEY’S centre is poised to return to dominance as the jewel in the state’s retail crown with about $1.5 billion in major new developments opening in Pitt Street Mall.

But the changes – which will bring many international brands to Australia – have intensified calls to resolve the city’s public transport crisis.

By 2012, $1.4 billion will be invested in the mall, which attracts 65,000 pedestrians a day and is among the top 10 most expensive retail spaces for rent in the world, with the hope of turning it into a destination shopping experience.

The bulk, $1.2 billion, will be spent by Westfield on replacing the Imperial Arcade, Centrepoint and Skygarden buildings with 250 shops – 37 more than before.

Westfield is tight-lipped about the new tenants, but industry insiders say Spanish fashion label Zara, Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy are on the verge of signing maiden leases. All are expected to be open for Christmas.

At the Mid City development in Pitt Street, new stores for General Pants, G-Star Raw and Witchery have been the first to open their doors in two years since the site closed for redevelopment.

When Mid City officially opens in June, there will be 45 stores on four levels. More than 400 jobs will have been created via shops such as Rebel Sport, Rodd & Gunn and Peter Alexander.

The $10 million spent on a new walkway and street furniture, paid for by Westfield, Mid City owners Lend Lease and City of Sydney council, will be finished by late August.

Sydney Business Chamber executive director Patricia Forsythe said the redevelopments would ensure people returned to shopping in the city. ”There has certainly been a drop-off in traffic in the last year, particularly with the work site around the Pitt Street Mall. But everyone is seeing the redevelopment as a great new opportunity to refresh the Sydney retail experience and brand.”

Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said the easing of the jackhammers would entice shoppers back but the opening of stores such as Zara would have the biggest impact. “There will be shops that haven’t been around before.”

City of Sydney councillor John McInerney said the state urgently needed to address public transport to sustain the retail boost. ”This is the beginning of a major fightback from the city to bring it back to the dominance of the 1920s and 1930s, when everyone came to the city for the best of everything,” he said.

He said council welcomed the government’s recent transport plan, which included more bus and train services and an extra light rail connection in the city, but council want to see a light rail line added to George Street to replace cars and buses.


Green light for Newtown RSL redevelopment

1 Apr

CentralMag, 01 Apr 10 by Marie Sansom
NEWTOWN RSL Club has been given the go-ahead to demolish its Enmore Rd site and build a five-storey, 63-room hotel.

Artist’s impression of Newtown RSL plans.

The Eastern Joint Regional Planning Panel decided last week to approve the development, which also includes a licensed club, shop, cafe and 17 basement parking spots plus the hotel on four levels.

The RSL club will stay but its premises will be reduced in size by 84 per cent.

Marrickville Greens councillor Cathy Peters said council officers previously recommended refusal because of the project’s bulk and scale. Councillors and residents were concerned about traffic and parking.

“There’s a significant under allocation of parking – 17 spaces is way below what it should be,” Cr Peters said.

The Greens made an independent submission to the panel on the potential heritage impacts of the plans, which they said clashed with the buildings around it.

“Our feeling was that this design, in particular, did not comply with any aspects of the development control plan,’’ she said.

“It’s a completely modern building and it doesn’t have any of the architectural features or the scale or mass that would relate to the streetscape. It’s a lot of metal and glass on three floors.

“The community should be concerned at the quality of decision making from these panels.”


Repairs ordered on Australia’s oldest house, Surry Hills

1 Apr

CentralMag, 31 Mar 10  by Robert Burton-Bradley

Cleveland House Picture: Phil Rogers

The owner of Australia’s oldest home, Cleveland House, has been ordered to repair the building after a surprise Heritage Office inspection found it in a state of severe decay.

LGC Enterprises, the owner of the state heritage-listed Georgian mansion in Surry Hills was issued with a works order earlier this month after Central revealed the poor state of the building.

It built was 1823-1824 and is the oldest home in Australia, predating Cadmans Cottage in The Rocks previously thought to be the oldest property, though this was not actually lived in until 1827.

The Heritage Office order requires the company to repair the roof, drainage system, gutters, down pipes and flashing to prevent water damage.

Cleveland House Picture: Sally,

It must also hire an expert to inspect the house and make any necessary repairs.

A spokesman for the Heritage Office said a full report on the whole building was also required.

“(It) is to be prepared and submitted to the Heritage Council,” the spokesman said.

“The report must identify all maintenance and repair measures that are necessary to ensure the building is structurally sound and watertight.”

Cleveland House was designed by well-known colonial architect Francis Greenway for convict emancipist merchant Daniel Cooper according to the State Heritage office, which has officially listed the house as the oldest surviving residence in Sydney.

The exterior of the building is in very poor condition with peeling paint, crumbling columns and broken veranda railings. Part of the veranda also has scorch marks from a fire and has grass growing on the floorboards along one side.

The descriptions of the house on the NSW Heritage offices online register express concern at the state of the property and the relative obscurity in which it presently exists.

“Its lack of setting and state of disrepair do not do justice to its history as a prominent house on a large city estate,” the entry says.

Late last year a complaint was made to The National Trust about the poor state of the building and the Trust contacted Sydney Council. The council told the Trust that the owner was going to make repairs which it was monitoring.