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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.

Westfield's 85 Castlereagh emerges from the cocoon

16 Mar

The iconic 85 Castlereagh Street building by Westfields and John Wardle Architects of Melbourne is slowly emerging, chrysalis-like, on to the Sydney skyline.


Much anticipated by its designers, and its new principal tenant JPMorgan, this glassy turd is proving difficult to see. Pertinently, design renderings by the architects always showed this Jetsonesque tower viewed from the air. There are few points on the ground to study its drama.


The 6 Greenstar tower was briefly put on hold during the GFC. It shares with the retail below a blackwater plant (basement) and a cogeneration facility (using gas to generate electricity, utilising the waste heat to power the chillers- somewhat technical!) housed on the roof of the ASIC-occupied 100 Market Street next door.


The Lowys (owners of Westfield’s) intend to occupy the top few floors and place their workers in the fifficult=to-rent lower floors of 100 Market Street (to “live above the shop”, so to say). The old Westfield tower on William Street will be presumably vacated.

8 Chifley Square- richard rogers classic industrial.

3 Jan

8 Chifley Square will be a premium grade commercial building on a landmark Sydney CBD site. It will stand a height of 30 storeys, with an approximate net lettable area of 19,000 square metres.

As the focal point of Chifley Square, the new tower will be a striking, premium grade office building with highly articulated and expressive architecture. Its distinctive design, adaptable workspaces, green credentials, public space and site-specific features deliver an interactive and cutting-edge workplace for the future.

A five storey void at the street level of the building will offer a grand entrance and add extensive public space to the already appealing Chifley Square precinct.

Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Lippmann Associates in association with Mirvac Design

Source- http://mirvacdesign.com/8-chifley-square

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HEIGHT-roof-120m, core-141m, exhaust stacks-146m
(RL170m)
number of floors-30, 21 actual office floors.
1 basement

FEATURES-
#high performance glazing to control sun,heat,glare in workspace.
#facade-transparent double glazed with aluminuim sun lourves.
#25m high open foyer
# mid level & rooftop cafe areas for workers and public.
#external coloured steel support beams and exposed stairwells.
#6 star energy rated
#chilled beam co-generation & black water treatment plants.
#column free -1000sqm floors with rear service core

renders
150m high ‘pomidou centre”

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“…chifley makes an unparalleled contribution to the public realm, the idea of a dynamic and social workplace and the sustainability of the planet, without doubt the “next wave” of commercial buildings for our city…”

This new commercial high-rise project was commissioned by Mirvac Projects after Lippmann Partnership (in consultation with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners) won a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition. The building accommodates 23,000 sq metres of premium grade office space at a prime location within the Sydney CBD.


 
The concept achieves three main objectives

1. an extension of the existing Chifley Square ground plane as public open space 

2. provision of an office “village” environment where varying floor plates allow 3 storey voids, offereing unique workspaces and flexibility within a commercial tower; and

3. achievement of a 6-star AGBR rating with photovoltaic sunshades, external sunscreens, blackwater treatment and co-generation plant resukting in a reduced carbon footprint of 70% for a building of this size.

After a 2 year delay duruing the global financial crisis, the project is nowe on site with expected completion date of 2013.

Source- http://www.lippmann.com.au/Commercial/8ChifleySquare/tabid/501/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Lewisham Towers / Greenway links

29 Aug

I will update this page as more links become available- TF

Lewisham Towers

Excerpt from developer master plan.

The site, 2010.

Lewisham Part 3A development map
Map of the area for the proposed development at the corner of Old Canterbury Road and Longport Street Lewisham, NSW Australia. Site on Google earth- http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&source=embed&msa=0&msid=104867751407999099629.00046910d60ec0eb8c5b4&ll=-33.893395,151.144881&spn=0.006234,0.010729&z=16
 
Leichhardt Council Notice of Motion for Demian Constructions Part 3A application
http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/IgnitionSuite/uploads/docs/SUPERMARKET%20DEVELOPMENT%20APPLICATION.pdf

Developer masterplan  
http://www.lewishamestate.com.au/masterplan.html
http://www.lewishamestate.com.au/docs/Landscape_Master.pdf

Lewisham Towers opposition

“No Lewisham Towers” Community Oppostion website   http://www.nolewishamtowers.org/

Discussion on Marrickville Greens website
http://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/issue/lewisham-part-3a-development/

Discussion on Ashfield Greens website
http://ashfield.nsw.greens.org.au/2009/11/25/nom-mcgill-street-precinct-master-plan/

Allied Mills (Mungo Scott Flour Mill)

http://ramin.com.au/travel/disused-railway-track.shtml
http://www.ramin.com.au/annandale/NSW-Feb-2010-Transport-Plan.shtml

Precedent for mill refurbishment 1 mile up line- Waratah Mills (Dulwich Hill).

In Sydney’s Dulwich Hill, Nettleton Tribe Architects converted a 1920s heritage-listed flourmill and silos into 84 apartments, known as Waratah Mill. Very successful.

Frontage to rail line.

Architect website- http://www.nettletontribe.com.au/projects/projects.asp?project=N1702c
http://www.dedece.com/projects/Waratah%20Mills/1273/
Waratah Mills MLR station, Sydney- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waratah_Mills_MLR_station,_Sydney

 

The Allied Mills site, 2010

 

The Allied Mills site, 1910 (before construction of the goods line).

The same location, looking towards the Harbour (I love the wide open spaces!)

The same location, 2010. A portion of the old railway bridge truss has been preserved for posterity.

Statutory

Ashfield Council LEP (Zoning) Map
http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/lep_zoning_map.html

Marrickville Council LEP (Zoning) Map
http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/planninganddevelopment/maps/zoninginformation.htm

Greenway Extension

Greenway project- http://www.greenway.org.au/
http://lightrailextension.metrotransport.com.au/sydney%E2%80%99s-first-greenway-in-light-rail-extension/
High Line New York- http://www.nyc-architecture.com/CHE/CHE029-TheHighLine.htm

The Greenway today (on the Hawthorn Canal near Kegworth School). This shows fig trees planted 20 years ago by Greenway enthusiasts.

Sydney light rail extension project

Light Rail operator website
http://www.metrotransport.com.au/index.php/home-2
http://lightrailextension.metrotransport.com.au/proposed-routes/light-rail-to-dulwich-hill/

State Government Project Info (good links)
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/rail/lightrail-extension.html

Sydney Council website with light rail documentation
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/aboutsydney/ParkingAndTransport/LightRail.asp

History of Metropolitan Goods railway line, Sydney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Goods_railway_line,_Sydney

Ecotransit website coverage
http://www.ecotransit.org.au/ets/book/export/html/155

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The Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway project – the Greenway project envisions a green corridor for cyclists, walkers and light rail running along the old goods line and linking the Cooks River to Iron Cove.  The proposed development will build right up to the rail line and pose a significant obstacle for the continuity of the Greenway project.

Following quoted from Community Oppostion website-

Bypassing the local community – Part 3A

The developer has decided to bypass the local Council and community and apply straight to the state goverment’s Minister for Planning, Kristina Kenneally.  They are able to do this under the controversial Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Part 3A was introduced by the NSW Labor government  in 2005.  It allows big developments to be declared ’state significant’ which then allows them to be assessed and approved by the Minister for Planning.  Locally elected councils and the community are bypassed in a process that lacks transparency.

Part 3A was widely seen as a reward to big developers who have made big donations to help fund the NSW Labor Party’s election campaigns.  Property developers donated $9.9 million to the NSW Labor Party between 2002-2007.

According to the Department of Planning’s own figures, under Part 3A 295 of 296 applications were approved (that’s 99.6% of applications).  That’s despite 14,000 public submissions being received against proposals.  Clearly, Part 3A serves developers well.

The community believes that this development should be assessed and decided by the locally elected council – Marrickville Council.  Local councillors know their community well and are directly responsible to the community.

The Lewisham site

Marrickville Council has now updated s Local Environment Plan (the master plan for the whole area).  During this work the old industrial sites along the goodsline in Lewisham have been identified as an area for possible re-zoning and urban renewal.  The Council has to produce a master plan for the entire area to ensure that it complements and contributes to the existing community.

lewisham-site-web

The council’s new masterplan calls for an FSR of 1.7 to 1 on this site (Floor Space Ratio)

The current developer’s proposal is suggesting a FSR of 3.5 to 1!

The surrounding area generally consists of one or two storey residences.  Building sizes between three and six storeys are considered  appropriate for a residential redevelopment of the old industrial area of Lewisham.  

Marrickville Council produced and adopted a comprehensive Urban Strategy in 2007.  This strategy involved extensive community consultation.  Lewisham was identified as a ‘neighbourhood centre’.  Locating a major supermarket mall at Lewisham would make it an urban centre.  However, Lewisham does not have the infrastructure to be an urban centre and it will result in severe traffic congestion and loss of amenity for existing residents.

The Donations and the Consultant

Over the past decade there has been an unhealthy connection between big developers donating to the Labor and Liberal Parties and pro-developer laws and decisions being made.

The community is cynical and has lost confidence in our planning system.

A poll conducted by Galaxy Reserch for The Greens found an overwhelming 83% of NSW voters want a ban on donations from property developers to political parties and candidates.

A check on democracy4sale.org reveals that the Lewisham developer  ”Demian Constructions” has donated over $20,000 dollars through its sister company “Demian Developments”.

Former senior Labor Minister Carl Scully is a consultant for the developer.  He met with Marrickville Council staffon behalf of the developer prior to lodgement of the Part 3A application.  Carl Scully is not known for his architectural knowledge, so presumably he has been hired for his contacts and influence within the NSW Labor government.

For more information contact:  Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916 or mphillips@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Gillard shuts door on 'big Australia'

27 Jun

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is breaking free from one of her predecessor’s main policy stances by announcing she is not interested in a “big Australia”.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was in favour of population growth, with his government predicting it to hit around 36 million by 2050, largely through immigration.

But Ms Gillard has indicated she will be putting the brakes on immigration in order to develop a more sustainable nation.

“Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population,” she told Fairfax.

“I don’t support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia.

“I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.”

But Ms Gillard says that does not mean putting a stop to immigration all together.

“I don’t want business to be held back because they couldn’t find the right workers,” she said.

“That’s why skilled migration is so important. But also I don’t want areas of Australia with 25 per cent youth unemployment because there are no jobs,” she said.

Mr Rudd installed Tony Burke as the Minister for Population, but in one of her first moves as Prime Minister, Ms Gillard has changed his job description to Minister for Sustainable Population.

Mr Burke will continue to develop a national population strategy which is due to be released next year.

Ms Gillard says the change sends a clear message about the new direction the Government is taking.

Families Minister Jenny Macklin told Channel Ten that Australia’s population growth has to reflect the country’s economic needs.

“When we have areas in Australia with 25 per cent youth unemployment we should be getting in there doing everything possible to get those young people skilled up and into the jobs that are available,” she said.

“Making sure that where we have serious congestion in our cities that we do something about it.”

But Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has told ABC1’s Insiders that Ms Gillard cannot be believed.

“When the Coalition said a few months ago that the population had to be sustainable we were pilloried up hill and down dale by Julia Gillard,” he said.

“I think what we’re also going to see from Julia Gillard is an attempt on all the controversial issues where the Opposition is making the running, to adopt a kind of ‘me too’ strategy.”

Australian businessman Dick Smith has been a vocal advocate for a more sustainable approach to population growth and has applauded Ms Gillard’s announcement.

But he acknowledges it will not be welcomed by everyone.

“The business community, my wealthy mates are completely addicted to growth because of greed,” he said.

“So they’re going to fight her every inch of the way. They just want growth, growth, growth, even though it’s obvious that it’s not sustainable.

“I think she’s a brave lady, I reckon she will stand up to them.”

But an urban planning group is trying to convince Ms Gillard of the benefits of a big population.

Urban Taskforce Australia chief executive Aaron Gadiel says a large population increases the tax base to fund improvements to infrastructure and welfare services.

“We shouldn’t be trying to fight it, what we should be trying to do is ensuring that we’ve got the investment and infrastructure that makes that process easier to manage,” he said.

“I think people should be focussing on how much state, federal and local governments have been investing in urban infrastructure to help absorb population growth.”

A survey earlier in the year by the Lowy Institute found that almost three-quarters of Australians want to see the country’s population grow, but not by too much.

The Lowy Institute surveyed more than 1,000 people and found that while there was support for increased immigration, Australians were not quite prepared to embrace the Government’s predicted 36 million.

The poll showed 72 per cent of people supported a rise in Australia’s population, but 69 per cent wanted it to remain below 30 million people.
New poll results

Meanwhile, a new Galaxy poll published today shows voters believe Ms Gillard will give Labor a better chance of winning the Federal Election than Mr Rudd, although they do not support the way she came to power.

Voters who were polled still believe Mr Rudd should be given a job on the frontbench.

The poll puts Labor in an election-winning position, jumping ahead of the Coalition by two percentage points on a two-party preferred basis, leading 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

A Herald/Nielson poll released yesterday showed Labor’s primary vote climbing to 47 per cent, while support for the Coalition fell 1 point to 42 per cent.

However Mr Abbott earlier dismissed the figures and said he was not worried.

“Right now the new Prime Minister is enjoying a predictable bounce in the polls that was to be expected the Government has tried to fix the headlines,” he said.

“But they can’t fix the problems and the headlines won’t stay fixed unless they fix the problem.”

The latest poll has indicated that most of all voters just want the Government to get on with the job of running the country and are urging Ms Gillard to fix the mining tax debacle, stop wasting money and sort out the health system.

Voters insist Ms Gillard must move quickly to settle the mining tax issue, with 30 per cent of poll respondents saying it should be her first priority and 24 per cent saying she should fast-track health and hospital reforms.

Her third priority should be to get the Budget back into the black, they say.

Only 11 per cent of the 800 voters polled believe Ms Gillard should revive the emissions trading scheme to tackle climate change and 13 per cent feel she should get tougher on asylum seekers.

Labor’s primary support has locked in at four points higher than after the Budget, on 41 per cent, but the Coalition has dropped only one point to 42 per cent and that loss has been at the expense of the minor partner, the National Party.

– ABC/AAP

163 Castlereagh Street's new “pedestrian street”

17 May

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) was awarded this landmark project following a ‘Design Excellence Competition’. In recognition of the specificity of the site and its inherent attributes, the design comprises a carefully articulated assembly of elements (groundplane, streetwalls, tower elements and landscape) to create a unique architectural form. The development gathers a significant sequence of refurbished heritage buildings, public open space and streetscapes into a cohesive environment. It incorporates an iconic roof feature that will capture and break light to provide a dramatic addition and everchanging expression to the city skyline. A key component is the enhancement of the public domain and provision of a new “pedestrian street” which will provide a valuable mid-block city link and connections to address the wider city environs.
This 5 Green Star sustainable 42-storey development provides in excess of 72,000sqm of premium grade office space, retail and basement car parking, and accordingly will be an important addition to the CBD.
Source- http://www.fjmt.com.au/projects/projects_cs1.html

The Pitt Street entry to the new “pedestrian street”

The Castlereagh side, showing the incorporation of heritage buildings.

Entering the site from the Castlereagh side.

The transition of levels in the interior space.

Images copyright- http://www.163castlereagh.com.au/

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