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2014 is a huge year for Sydney glitz and glam.

16 May

2014 is a huge year for Sydney glitz and glam.

A number of old icons are being razed for new icons. Each one of the below buildings are world class.

Under construction


International Towers | 49st, 43st, 39st / 217m, 178m, 168m /
Architect- various

The fantastic Barangaroo is emerging from the primordial soup of east Darling Harbour.



20 Martin Place
Architect- Crone Partners in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates (NY).

A dazzling glass Miesien box to replace the seventies dazzling glass Miesien box. The main part of the renaissance of Martin Place. The architects have moved the circulation cores out of the main floor area. The old building was reduced to a fantastic steel skeleton.
Crones are so hot right now!


5 Martin Place
Architect- Johnson Pilton Walker with Tanner Kibble Denton Architects.

A rather sympathetic and sophisticated approach to the sandstone canyon of Martin Place. Compliments the Commonwealth Bank money-box building next door.


Macquarie Martin Place headquarters
48 Martin Place.
Architect- Johnson Pilton Walker

This one looks like great fun. The architects have created a central void and a vast domed skylight.
A real urban testament to the money and glamour of banking (like something out of a Batman movie!).


UTS Information Technologies Engineering Building (Broadway)
Architect- Denton Corker Marshall (DCM)

I’m not sure how this will turn out. It is pretty cool to look at, but it’s such an ugly monolithic metallic slug on such an important site that I think in ten years time it may be reviled (especialy if the cladding rusts). Cubist marshmallow!


Urbanest student housing Wattle Street.
Architect- GROUP GSA

I’ve included this to show some interesting contextual stuff going up. Again part of the incredibly dynamic Haymarket district.


Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS
Architect- Frank Gehry

Wow- my brain hurts thinking about the brickwork in this building. Indulgent but delightful (essence of architecture, right?).
Good to see an iconic education building on this site on the end of the Goods Line pathway.


180 Thomas Street, Haymarket.
Architect- Bates Smart

A speculative corporate response to the same site as above (Goods Line pathway), sitting on top of an existing substation.
A really good effort by Bates Smart if you ask me.


Central Park
on Broadway near Central Station
Architect- Norman Foster + Partners + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Zipping along, needless to say…
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the development encompasses a shopping mall and apartment complex, with vertical gardens featuring on its facade.

Under demolition and site prep.



Sydney Convention Centre
Darling Harbour
Architect- Hassell

Big things are planned for this site. After a tortuous couple of months the original Convention Centre (flagship of the eighties Darling Harbour) has all but disappeared.


The Castlereagh
Architect- Tony Owen

More sleek plastic for downtown Sydney, to keep the overseas investors happy.
It replaces a rather staid 1920s job.


33 Bligh Street
Architect- Fitzpatrick and Partners with Kannfinch

This is an ambitious and exciting building. It can get to be so high as the building itself sits on top of a large substation (to be hidden behind a huge sandstone screen).
It replaces a graceful but clapped out late sixties building.


333 George Street.
Architect- Crone / Grimshaw

Here’s an exciting building on a great site. It’s good to see this part of town slowly come back to life (with then night clubs, etc).
When George Street become a pedestrian area this site will soar. It will house the local branch of Marks and Sparks.

Recently Finished


8 Chifley
Architect- Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Lippmann Associates in association with Mirvac Design.

Not as exciting as the renderings, but an excellent addition to the streetscape.


Eliza Apartments
Architect- Tony Owen

This is a wee bourgeois gem. Check out the stonework at street level- really creative.

This city has no shortage of capital compared to other cities, look at the dollars being spent on projects around the city this decade.
Lets see, short list I quickly compiled.
$30b transport plan from the NSW government. Light rail, North West Rail Link, M5, M4 extension etc.
$8b Green Square/Zetland
$6b Barangaroo Lend Lease contract + $1b Crown Casino
$2.5b Darling Harbour redevelopment, Lend Lease contract (this company is obviously scratching the right backs in government)
$2b Central park
$1.3b City One/Wynyard Station
$1b AMP/Circular Quay
$1b UTS redevelopments

It’s is after 10 years of non spending post Olympics.


Central Park retail is photogenic..

17 Nov


Wow, I mean very nice, obviously. The Germans in the office swan around speaking of “European architecture”- obviously, the towers at Central Park are just boxes covered with gimicks, but wonderfully done. Quite an oasis from an otherwise chaotic part of the city. Above we see the main residentail tower (Jean Nouvel?) with its fantastic hanging gardens. At the base of this is the retail component that opened very recently.


A closer view of the shopfronts. Huge shopfronts (around five meters or fifteen feet) with a token awning above.


Mirrored ceiling at the entry area.


Once I got in I was pleased by the simplicity of the deign. The plain white uncomplicated ceilings and returns and the dark stone floors (becoming the norm in fashion retail..).


The ceiling has a vast skylight with about a foot of water held on top- the small waves make the light shimmer.
The interior was done by PTW, with the original concept done by the Buchan Group.


There is a rather alluring mysterious ivy surrounded escalator heading down into the depths, but my impulse was to climb.



A lot of the fashion retail has some pared-back, sophisticated design. I love the exposed services here.


Simple candy stripes.



The food court is up a couple of levels. It’s still quiet and being fitted out, but I expect that this will become a very popular space.









Out the back, the bottom supermarket level connects through to a wonderful outdoor courtyard. This is also surrounded by food offerings and is filled with hip brazilian music. Again, I expect that this will become a great space.



And finally we look up to be reminded just how freaking hip this building is.

August Construction update

1 Aug

There are half a dozen fantastic projects going up within half a mile of Central Station.

Here are some recent update pictures (changing rapidly…)

01. Central Park

That heliport still amazes me every time I walk past it. And the greenery growing on the walls. Talk about smoke and mirrors. However, it does work to set this development apart from the other boring stuff. And the site is superb too.

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01A 01B 01C

02. 163 Castlereagh Street (ANZ Tower).

Up in mid-town, the new ANZ tower by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) has turned out wonderfully. The good detailing and sense of design that FJMT usually display on their libraries (etc) is here employed to make some urbanely relaxed inner city spaces.

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02A 02B 02C

03.  Construction of the new 14-storey faculty UTS ITE Building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street. A somewhat disturbingly modern (decon) facade (modern Brutalism..) facing the main entry to the city. This may turn out badly.

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03A 03B 03C

04.  The UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Just down the road from the ITE Building is the new superstar-Gehry-designed Chau Chak Wing. The facade has not started to go on but it promises to be a good one. It is also sited on an old elevated disused railway corridor that promises to become a very interesting and dynamic part of Sydney.

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05. 180 Thomas Street, Haymarket. Bates Smart

Won through a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition.
Very nice little office building, opposite the Gehry UTS building (on the old railway building. A conversion of a 10 year old plinth.




Above- a BS rendering of the completed project.

Broadway's role in city life on the rise

5 Dec

Kelsey Munro, Jen Rosenberg SMH December 3, 2011

The price of good design

IN A few years, an unloved and unlovely part of the city will have been transformed into ”a gallery of eminent architects”, with new buildings by three Pritzker Prize winners, a 6400-square-metre park and a power station.

Investments totalling $1.5 billion from the University of Technology, Sydney, along with the joint venture developing the former Carlton&United Breweries site near Central Station, are set to reshape the southern end of the city centre.

On Broadway’s south side, a 33-storey residential tower shrouded in elaborate vertical gardens is rising around a new landscaped park, remnant brewery buildings and a planned tri-generation power station to supply the new complex.

Terraced gardens at One Central Park. Artist’s impression.

A cantilevered heliostat at the top of the building will direct light into the complex and become a digital artwork at night.

One Central Park

One Central Park, Sydney. Artist’s impression.

”There’s no doubt it’s going to be a stunning transformation over the next five years,” Guy Pahor, of Frasers Property, said.

Frasers is developing the One Central Park site in a joint venture with Sekisui House. ”Broadway’s going to be transformed, not just by the nature and volume of the construction, but the quality – call it a gallery of eminent architects,” he said.

With Gehry, there are Jean Nouvel, Richard Johnson, Norman Foster and vertical-garden pioneer Patrick Blanc in the internationals.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers with the heliostat illuminated at night time. Central Park. Artist’s impression.

Australian firms include Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Denton Corker Marshall and Durbach Block Jaggers.

Gehry, Nouvel and Foster have won the Pritzker, architecture’s highest honour.

When the first stage of One Central Park is finished in late 2013, there will be about 1900 new apartments for 2500 residents and space for 5400 workers in offices and a four-storey mall.

Richard Johnson buildings, Cental Park. Artist’s impression.

The developer has worked to sway objectors angry at the height of the towers, holding several community forums, investing in a public art program and allowing local artists to work rent-free in heritage warehouses on the site.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.


For UTS, the development was as much about creating an education hub for the whole area as it was expanding its footprint, the vice-chancellor, Ross Milbourne, said.

”The exciting thing about this project is that it takes an area that has been quite rundown – it’s always been the poor cousin to the rest of Sydney – and it’s really reinventing itself to be a cultural and educational precinct.”

Across the road, the base of the 27-storey brutalist concrete UTS tower will be wrapped in an undulating glass facade, and construction starts in March on a new 14-storey faculty building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street.

Off Harris Street, the university is also building Australia’s first Frank Gehry building, with its distinctive crumpled facade and treehouse-like skeleton, which caused much controversy when plans were unveiled late last year.

UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing building, designed by Frank Gehry, his first Australian project. The 16,030-square-meter (172,545-square-foot) business school building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will have a “treehouse” design, incorporating a core yellow brick and crinkly glass structure, with “branches” spreading away from it, Gehry says.

Significantly, the site engages with the adjacent abandoned railway line and bridge and will feed into the pedestrian zone further up.


Professor Milbourne said the university had planned its growth to benefit students and the neighbourhood. ”We have a plan for student growth on our campus but part of it is to make it a better student experience, so more space for students … increasing student housing around this area and making it a safer environment,” he said.

The Broadway redesign links two other big redevelopments – Darling Harbour and Barangaroo – but has managed much of the latter’s controversy.

Professor Milbourne and the UTS deputy vice-chancellor (resources), Patrick Woods, attribute that to strong collaboration with the neighbours. These include the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and TAFE.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.

David Riordan, director of TAFE NSW-Sydney Institute, said the relationship between the two institutions was very positive.

”This is going to be the hub of education in Australia and we believe that we’re here to meet those needs and that we’ll be a key player,” Mr Riordan said.

Copyright SMH

Central Park – Sydney's new $2 billion urban village

26 Mar

Central Park is set to become an icon of 21st Century living, helping Sydney stake a claim as one of the world’s great urban destinations. Spectacularly located at the edge of the CBD, Central Park is a $2 billion village with a beautiful, spacious park at its heart.

With 11 buildings, 1,600 apartments and a lively collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, laneways, terraces and offices, Central Park transforms the old Kent Brewery in Chippendale into an intelligent interplay of buildings and public spaces, and raises the benchmark for sustainable living globally.

As Australian artist Lloyd Rees once said, “A city is the greatest work of art possible”. This has never been truer than at Central Park, which enlarges our sense of what’s possible – now and in the future.


Great architecture isn’t created in a silo. Great architecture is collaborative. So when Frasers Property acquired the Carlton United Breweries site from Foster’s in 2007, it invited a ‘dream team’ of world-leading architects to create a vision that would match its vast potential.

The design brief for each architect was simply to create iconic architecture of the highest sustainable standards, with people at their heart. This brief was spearheaded by Dr Stanley Quek, CEO at Frasers Property, who felt it was important to devote one-third of the 5.8 hectare site to public, open spaces.

The masterplan therefore revolves around a spacious urban park, which covers 6,400 square meters in size. This, together with an intricate web of roads and pathways, draws people into the heart of Central Park and delivers its character and soul. It also returns the old Kent Brewery to the people of Sydney after 150 years of exclusion.

Sustainable design features include solar panels, rooftop gardens, tri-generation pipes and water tanks, which are cleverly adapted into each corner of the site.

“To have the voice of the engineer, community and architect working together to create one vision – this is the way contemporary architecture is made,” says Alex Tzannes, Director of Tzannes Associates, who played a key role in shaping the original masterplan.

“The masterplan is the unifying element that dictates the overall design, resulting in buildings that are memorable and distinctive, and enjoy a more special relationship with the people who inhabit them,” says Tzannes.

The masterplan has been through several incarnations, and is now being implemented by UK architects Foster + Partners. Even the slope of the site has been carefully considered, with buildings declining in height from the city towards residential Chippendale.


The very first stage of Central Park will set the scene for what is to come: two iconic residential towers rising above a retail centre, connected by terraced gardens to the main park beyond. World-class architecture, richly veiled in living green walls, this first residential stage will encapsulate all that Central Park has to offer: bold, beautiful and globally significant new directions for 21st century living.

Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, Central Park’s first residential buildings remind us that nature can thrive in the city. Its façade is the canvas for a breathtaking ‘vertical garden’ by French artist Patrick Blanc, which delivers a flower to each resident, and a bouquet to the city.

This first residential stage will be released in Winter 2010, with future stages – by Johnson Pilton Walker and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, amoung others – to come. To register your interest and ensure you are amoung the first to view Central Park,


Award-winning London architects Foster + Partners are the designers behind Central Park’s first iconic commercial building, which will be released for sale soon. Offering 90,000 square metres of prime office and retail space in Sydney’s newest urban quarter, Foster + Partners’ commercial building is conveniently on the southern cusp of the CBD.


Eat, drink, shop, explore and play… Central Park is a mixed-used precinct that delivers an eclectic collection of shops, fashion boutiques, galleries, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, fitness clubs and wine bars.

Central Park will soon unveil its dynamic retail precinct, which includes a five-story shopping mall at One Central Park; a laneway devoted to shops, markets, cafes and bars on historic Kensington Street; and a vast retail venue inside the old Kent Brewery building.


Within Central Park, on Kensington Street, Sydney architects Tonkin Zulaikher Greer have created a new destination for cafes, galleries, weekend markets and organic food co-operatives. Central Park’s spacious green parks and gardens also provide a tranquil haven for the entire city to enjoy.

Colliers unveils Central Park shopping centre with a twist
09 Mar 2011…e-with-a-twist

Frasers Property Australia and Colliers International have launched “Central”, the first retail offering at the $2 billion Central Park development in downtown Sydney.

Central comprises 16,000sqm of retail over five levels, situated within the podium of the One Central Park residential towers on Broadway, with towers designed by globally-acclaimed French architect Jean Nouvel and retail spaces conceptualised by The Buchan Group.

The new development will aim to provide shoppers with a blend of gourmet groceries and streetwise fashion, along with future-focused electronics retail, entertainment and dining, and urban wellbeing. However, according to Colliers International national director of retail, Nathan Clark, the precinct will veer away from the conventional large shopping centre format, and instead target the youth market and aim to fill a perceived niche.

“Central will have a youth focus, be fashion-forward and offer 18-hour trading and Sydney’s southern CBD does not have a retail offering of this calibre despite demonstrable demand,” he said.

“Central’s contemporary design, feature elements, interactive interiors and retail outlets will ensure a stand-out precinct that will really contribute to the urban village of Central Park.”

Clark has also seen significant interest from national retailers keen to cash in on the new development.

“Major Australian retailers are attracted to developers like Frasers who are providing shopping and entertainment destinations that increase foot traffic,” he said.

“[Because] these highly directional retail environments allow retailers to develop innovation within their brands, increase existing customer bases and push up moving annual turnovers.”

Central is expected to officially open to shoppers in April 2013.


Sydney’s Central Park development under construction…-construction/

A NEW development for central Sydney will bring a much needed international flavour to the southern CBD reminiscent of global cities such as Tokyo and New York.

Made up of 16,000 m2 of retail space over five levels, the development will sit within the podium of the Jean Nouvel designed One Central Park residential towers on Broadway and will be youth focused, at the fashion forefront and offer eighteen hour trading.

The lower ground level will be home to a major supermarket and specialty fresh food. The ground and first floors will have the latest local and international fashion outlets as well as technology stores. Above this will be two stories offering a mix of global cuisine while on the top level there will be a health and fitness facility.

Contemporary design and character-filled retail outlets will ensure the development contributes to the urban village style of Central Park when the complex opens in April 2013.


Now you can shop without a trolley…-1226018668905

IT will have karaoke bars, a swimming pool, market grocers – and not a shopping trolley or a carpark in sight.

This is the future of Sydney shopping centres.

A new five-storey shopping centre will be built by 2013 at the old Carlton United Brewery site on Broadway, with developers yesterday revealing every retailer, design and fit-out would be aimed at the youth market.

Mumsy mid-range designers will be ditched for cutting-edge fashions rising from Tokyo and New York.

Hardware stores and banks will be sacrificed for technology and electronics retailers and the fit-out will be anything but beige, with a graffiti wall instead.

Colliers International director of retail Hilton Hedley believed the centre would be a world-first, catering to the demands of downtown Sydney. “It’s an 18 to 35-year-old’s dream,” he said.

It will offer 20-hour trading, seven days a week, staying open from 7am to 3am and boasting restaurant dining, cocktails and even karaoke bars in its entertainment wing.

The whole fourth level will be an “Urban Wellbeing” health club, with a day spa, saunas and a 25m outdoor heated swimming pool on the fifth floor.

The centre, part of the $2 billion Central Park development, will be based on Singapore’s ultra-modern shopping centres.

Mr Hedley said the lower ground floor would feature a major supermarket and a fresh food market grocer, butcher and a baker to service the 8000 residents in the development’s apartments.

But there will be no fast-food court, rather about 20 Asian-inspired kiosks cooking fresh late into the night.

“There are 105,000 students at its doorstep,” Mr Hedley said. “They are smart and tech savvy. We want it to be lively and reflect that.”

Central Park off Broadway … that's Sydney, not Manhattan

9 Mar

AAP February 9, 2010

An artist’s impression of what Sydney’s Central Park will look like.

Central Park is coming to Sydney – and, like Manhattan’s famous open space, it will be off Broadway.

The similarities probably end there, given that New York’s great park is more than 58 times larger that the one being planned on the site of the old Carlton and United brewery in Broadway.

The developers call it “Central Park”, but NSW’s US-born Premier Kristina Keneally denies suggestions she’s trying to “Americanise” Sydney.

The CEO of the developer, Frasers Property Australia, Stanley Quek, chose the name because of the site’s proximity to Central Station and Broadway.

At the announcement of the park project’s approval by the NSW Department of Planning, Ms Keneally said the entire $1.3 billion development, which will also include shops, homes and offices, would create more than 1200 construction and 6000 ongoing jobs.

“The site is creating jobs close to home and public transport,” she said.

The 5.8 hectare public park – expected to be accessible to the public in 12 months – will return open space to a part of the city which has been cut off for 150 years.

“The public are getting a major benefit upfront and early, returning much-desired open space to the inner city,” Ms Keneally told reporters.

The $6 million park development includes landscaping, tree planting, gardens, paved areas and water features.
“This site represents significant urban renewal for Sydney and it represents significant investment into our city and our state,” she said.

The overall project is expected to be completed within eight to 10 years.

There will be a significant affordable housing component to the development, Ms Keneally says.
“We have an obligation to provide just over $30 million of payments to the Redfern Waterloo Authority to fulfil the formal Affordable Housing Component on that site,” Frasers’ chief operating officer Nicholas Wolf said.

Details of all other parts of the project are yet to be determined.



FRASERS BROADWAY: Australia’s Greenest Development

8 Mar

Big things are happening in Sydney. First Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, went global last month. Then, the city unveiled its brand new 2030 vision, which outlines the steps that the city will take to reduce its emissions by 60%. And now, a new project planned for the outskirts of the city will become the most sustainable development in Australia. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the new 5.8 hectare (14+ acre) development – a mix of commercial, retail, and residential space – will have contributions from none other than Pritzker Prize winners Foster + Partners and Ateliers Jean Nouvel!

The new development will be located in the old Kent Brewery, just a couple of minutes away from the City’s Central Station. The 250,000 square meter development, managed by Frasers Property, will contain a number of architect designed buildings, a new urban park, and the retention and reuse of over 32 heritage items currently existing on site (some of which you can see in the drawings below.)

The project is a milestone for Sydney, and it is the first project in Australia for recent Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel. It will be the most sustainable in the country and involve the installation of a gas-powered, co-generation electricity plant and a waste-water recycling plant. Both Foster + Partners and AJN will each design one of the iconic buildings in the site. The team is not all international though, a number of Australian firms, such as Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Turf Design, are also involved in the project.

The goal of the project is to achieve carbon neutrality. To do so, the intention is to achieve and explore every design method and technology that they can get their hands on from design efficiency, to the addition of green rooftops, smart metering and solar powered lighting in public spaces. Furthermore the project is intended to integrate with Sydney’s vision of the future by becoming one of the city’s “Green Transformers” – the project will be one of a number of energy generating and water recycling sites that will provide these services to their own developments and the areas nearby.

Australia’s major cities have always had a healthy rivalry with regards to who is best. Sydney just threw the gauntlet, so we look forward to seeing what’s next.

+ Frasers Broadway
+ Fosters + Partners
+ Ateliers Jean Nouvel


Lights still on at Frasers Broadway

by Tina Perinotto

Frasers Broadway: $100 million of sustainability features and world benchmarks

Frasers Property was this week forced to deny media reports that its massively ambitious plans for a sustainable makeover of the huge former Carlton & United brewery site at Broadway in Sydney were on hold indefinitely because of funding difficulties.

Cancellation or indefinite shelving of the Frasers Broadway site as it is now called, would be a huge blow for the sustainable property world.

Frasers’ plans are for $100 million of sustainability features that would set new benchmarks both in Australia and internationally.

They include a trigeneration plant that could possibly pump energy back into the grid, enough recycled water to supply all non-potable on site needs, and possibly some of its neighbours,  green rooftops, smart metering and solar powered lighting in public spaces.

On top of this the company says it is “pro-actively investigating all available technologies and techniques to target 100 per cent carbon neutrality.”

And that’s just the headline items.

According to insiders at the company, the interest from professionals and other worthy causes such as academics has been so strong that the company has been seriously struggling with the deluge of requests for information and special briefings.

For this project to be put on hold would be almost a national calamity.

Frasers has gone a fair way to reassure concerned onlookers.

According to a media statement from Frasers, managing director Stanley Quek, was misinterpreted by journalists in his assessment of the global financial crisis and its impact on development projects.

“Developers cannot develop without borrowings. Banks in Australia and Singapore are strong but have become tight with lending, carefully re-assessing risks before making decisions,” Dr Quek had said, according to the media statement.

The schedule is for construction to start in 2010, the statement said but – and here is the clincher –  “subject to development approvals and confirmation of project funding.”

The company’s official statement on Monday 20 April said that there was no intention to abandon any scheduled work. [Construction has yet to commence so it cannot be abandoned.]

Still on track are the site works and planning and approvals processes for the 8-10 year project.

Also going ahead will be a range of community commitments such as two parks, and $6 million in affordable housing contributions to the Redfern Waterloo Authority scheduled for this year – just to show that financially there is already a big investment in the site.

That doesn’t sound like someone about to pull the plug.

But then again, there are developers and then there are the masters of the financial universe. And right now the two are speaking different tongues.

Snapshot of Frasers Broadway
Sustainability 6 green stars target
Product mix 60 per cent residential
40 per cent commercial/retail
New buildings 10
Protected heritage items  33
Total floor space 255,500 square metres
Parking spaces Maximum 2000
Publicly accessible open space 33,400 sq m
21 April, 2009