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Ingenhoven Architects 1 Bligh Tower spectacular lobby is open

25 Oct

Above image taken from Peter Murphy’s very cool interactive panorama- http://www.mediavr.com/blog/

I would love to catch one of the glass lifts (on acid…)

Check out the foyer of the recently opened 1 Bligh Street.
Quite superb glass and steel full height lobby, glass lifts, etc. Totally awesome….

Floor plans

The plans show how the lobby goes all the way up through the building-

It exits the roof in a snailshell orgy of solar cells-

Corporate tower.

The green wall and outside cafe (substation exhaust?) appears to be something of an afterthought.

And the entry is so bland that the interior, with its vibrant and warm colours, comes as a mad shock.

 

Info from the architectus website-

The structure delivers consistent large floor plates of up to 1600m2 and achieves 92 per cent efficiency Nett Lettable Area to Floor Space Area.
Forty per cent of office space is within 4.5 metres of the facade with 1000m2 contiguous column-free space creating high potential for office layout flexibility. The elliptical plan is 12 per cent more efficient than a rectangular building in facade to floor area and allows excellent natural light penetration. The 120 metre high central atrium makes dynamic views accessible to all.

Source- http://www.architectus.com.au/projects/1-bligh-street-sydney

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1 Bligh St: Clayton Utz's new energy-efficient Sydney home

18 May

Julie Levis, Mondaq Business Briefing, May 2, 2011
There’s a greater awareness that a move into energy-efficient buildings can neatly combine several interests of a business – the financial, the human, and the community.

As of winter 2011, Clayton Utz will have a new home in Sydney in 1 Bligh St. As it is designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating and has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 Certified rating, the first such high-rise in Sydney, we think this is a move which will do exactly that.

GREENING UP: One of four native Australian Banksia trees was hoisted by crane to an outdoor terrace at the nearly completed 1 Bligh Street building in Sydney’s central business district Monday. It is the first Sydney building to be awarded a six-star Green Star environmental rating score. (Angela Brkic/European Pressphoto Agency).

The green features of 1 Bligh Street

1 Bligh Street is built from sustainable construction materials:

90% of the steel used comprises more than 50% recycled content the use of green concrete has meant that nearly 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide have not been released into the atmosphere; 80% of the parts usually made from PVC have been replaced with non-PVC materials; and over 90% of the construction waste has been recycled.

Minimising the energy consumption through a double glass façade

For the first time on a high-rise building in Australia, 1 Bligh Street will have a double glass façade – a skin that not only lets in soft natural light, but also minimises the building’s energy consumption.

It does this by stopping direct sunlight from hitting the internal glass. Between the inner and outer windows, computer-controlled sun shades track the sun and automatically adjust themselves. Air is also drawn in through natural convection from lower vents, which further cools down the façade.

A better way to generate electricity

1 Bligh St uses an innovative tri-generation system. Gas and solar energy will generate cooling, heating and electricity, which could reduce our dependence on the electricity grid by up to 25%.

On top of the building, 500 square metres of roof-mounted solar panels will capture solar energy to directly power an absorption chiller to drive the cooling systems, an advanced hybrid of VAV and chilled beam air conditioning technology.

… and to save water

The blackwater recycling technology uses waste water mined from nearby sewer mains and the base building itself, and treats it to a standard allowing it be used in toilets, cooling towers, and plant irrigation.

This means that around 90% of the water demand will come from recycled water, saving one Olympic size swimming pool of water every two weeks.

Heart of Sydney's financial district starts to beat again

11 Jun


ING Office and Mirvac plan a $60million redevelopment of 20 Bond Street

Latest construction pictures from Space 1 Bligh.

Heart of Sydney’s financial district starts to beat again
CAROLYN CUMMINS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY EDITOR June 10, 2010 SMH
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Meet the new bourse … ING Office and Mirvac plan a $60million redevelopment of 20 Bond Street, with five-star green credentials.

THE former heart of the Sydney financial world, 20 Bond Street, is to undergo a $60 million facelift in the hope of enticing new tenants.

What was once the home of the Sydney Stock Exchange trading floor, in the basement from 10 to 20 Bond Street, then the headquarters of Macquarie Bank, has been empty for some time as the joint owners, ING Office and Mirvac, resolved numerous issues.

But as the leasing market appears to have stabilised and ownership is clear, redevelopment is in store for 35,000 square metres of premium office space on 31 levels. There has been what is termed ”soft marketing” of the space, with rents said to be $500 to $800 a square metre.

Tino Tanfara, the chief executive of ING Office, said there had been good initial inquiries. When completed, the offices will have five-star green ratings and there will be a trigeneration plant for onsite heating, cooling and power generation.

The stockbroker Credit Suisse has decided to renew its lease in the Dexus-owned Gateway at Circular Quay. There was market talk it was looking to move closer to the core of the central business district, into Bond Street.

Another touted tenant was JP Morgan, but it has now signed as the anchor for the proposed Westfield skyscraper at 85 Castlereagh Street, the final building its the $1.2 billion redevelopment of Pitt Street Mall and Castlereagh Street.

Leasing agents say that demand for office space is showing slow improvement. The white-collar market, the main tenant of any city, is holding up.

Some leasing deals are on hold as overseas parent companies are directing Australian operations not to make any expansion plans until the global economy improves.

Sydney’s CBD vacancy level is tipped to remain at about 7 per cent as there is limited supply on the horizon. Among new projects are the Dexus/CBus tower at 1 Bligh Street being built by Grocon with Clayton Utz as the anchor tenant. Grocon/GPT is also building at 163 Castlereagh Street, formerly owned by John Boyd, with the ANZ Bank as the anchor – there will be a new banking chamber on the Pitt Street entrance.

Source- http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/heart-of-sydneys-financial-district-starts-to-beat-again-20100609-xwx5.html

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

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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

Source- http://www.gbca.org.au/media-centre/industry-news/1-bligh-street-sydneys-first-high-rise-office-tower-to-incorporate-blackwater-te/2879.htm