Sydney CBD, New South Wales
Westpac Place

COMPLETE. Westpac Place, upon its completion, was the second largest single commercial office building in the Sydney CBD. Occupying a whole block, the development includes a:

  • 32 level of commercial office
  • sun filled ‘urban park’ available for public use
  • food court/restaurant
  • childcare facilities
  • 6 level basement car park, including 4 levels for public use

In March 2003 Leighton Properties secured Australia’s largest CBD pre-lease with Westpac Banking Corporation committing to lease the entire commercial office component of the development as the Bank’s world headquarters.

  • Striking rooftop active barometer, a unique feature in Sydney’s skyline.
  • 32 commercial office levels, 2 retail levels and 6 basement parking levels (total 864 cars) development.
  • 74,000 sqm net lettable area (NLA) of commercial space with ‘campus style’ floor places ranging from 3,500 sqm in the podium, to 2,600 sqm at mid-rise and almost 1,900 sqm floors at the top levels.
  • The creation of a new sun-filled north facing ‘Urban Park’, available for public use with food court/restaurant access.
  • State-of-the-art technology including advanced ESD principles to minimise environmental impacts and reduce energy costs.
  • Integrated fitout of 74,000 sqm of Westpac’s office floors.
  • 3,000 sqm of retail space including a food court, bar/restaurant, a retail bank and childcare facilities.
  • Conservation and refurbishment of the heritage listed Erskine Street Terraces. The terraces are double fronted to enliven the public amenity on both Erskine Street and the new Sussex Lane.
  • Creation of through-site public links connecting the Darling Harbour precinct to Wynyard Transport Centre (trains and buses), and improved pedestrian links from the south of the city to The Rocks, promoting pedestrian connectivity.
  • A major archaeological investigation of Sydney Harbour’s early foreshore heritage, and installation of a public heritage ‘interpretation strategy’ across the site.

Leighton Properties Project Team led the co-ordination and project delivery process - fundamental to achieving critical completion dates. Leighton Contractors constructed the integrated fitout of all of Westpac’s office and client floors. Westpac saved considerable time and money having the fitout work, including services installation, carried out concurrently with the base building.

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Mornington, Victoria
Mornington Lifestyle Centre

COMPLETE. Mornington is the commercial focus of this stunning

peninsula area in southern Victoria. With the increasing demands related to both new housing and renovations, Peninsula Lifestyle provides an attractive opportunity for bulky goods retailers.

Peninsula Lifestyle contains 29 outlets in a range of tenancy sizes varying from 181 sqm to 2,280 sqm and 800 car parking spaces.

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Melbourne CBD, Victoria
700 Collins Street

COMPLETE. 700 Collins Street is a building that expresses the campus style office typology; large, light filled, simply shaped typical floors in a low height form.

The form is consistent with the established urban traditions of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s built up to the alignment along all four street frontages, with the building base eroded as it abuts North Lane and Side Street. This provides activity and convenience for pedestrians and building users.

The large floors, central core and two winter garden zones, deliver natural light and help to heat and cool the building using natural ventilation in mild weather.

The lettable area of the typical floors varies from 2,280 to 2,668 sqm. Incorporating winter garden zones, the smaller floors can be expanded by up to 200 sqm each, providing flexibility in the planning of tenancy fitouts. The design allows for space expansion, alteration and contraction over time to suit the occupier’s requirements.

Retail areas are located:

  • on Level 1, four levels below the Collins Street entry
  • on Level 4, between Collins Street and the lobby and stair access to the Docklands precinct
  • adjacent to the lobby, including a lobby café with both internal and external areas for public seating

The podium of the building covers the entire site and incorporates a three level carpark for approximately 300 vehicles. The tower component is set back from the northern boundary for constant natural light.

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Brisbane CBD, Queensland
MacArthur Central

COMPLETE. The MacArthur Centre Tower (Bank of Queensland Centre) on Queen Street rises between the historic landmarks of the Brisbane GPO and the MacArthur Chambers building, in the heart of the Brisbane commercial precinct.

Designed by ML Design, the tower presents a distinctive contemporary architectural expression:

  • rises 19 levels above Queen Street
  • three levels of prime retail space above ground and 16 levels of office space
  • three basement levels of parking for over 400 cars servicing retail and office use
  • rectangular floor plates of between 1,500 to 1,600 sqm with a side core allow large open planning
  • high levels of natural daylight and views south and eastwards to the Brisbane River and northwards to Post Office Square Gardens
  • two lift banks split to service upper and lower floors offer quick response and travel times to any floor
  • each floor plate has electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and telecommunications services to meet all current standards and trends for CBD, A Grade buildings, so tenants may customise their needs
  • localised air conditioning equipment in plant rooms at each level allowing individual control by tenants
  • comfort levels to the perimeter of the building are enhanced by double glazing to reduce solar and chill loading

The retail component contains a: ?

  • Woolworths supermarket
  • Big W department store
  • mix of 33 speciality stores
  • food hall
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Sydney CBD, New South Wales
383 Kent Street

COMPLETE. This innovative project saw the design and construction of a new 11 level office tower above an existing 10 level carpark.

The unusual brief created many design and construction challenges, such as:

  • an office tower core containing lifts, stairs and service risers through the existing carpark
  • new columns, to support the office tower, penetrating the carpark levels
  • a new entry lobby to the building at Kent Street, by partially demolishing a number of carpark levels
  • the carpark needed to re-open for public use whilst construction of the office tower continued overhead

?Despite the extensive and complex nature of demolition and construction, the work was completed just seven months after construction commenced. The entire project was achieved on budget, within the set programme.

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North Sydney, New South Wales
80 Pacific Highway

COMPLETE. Located just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this building features 13,700 sqm of A Grade quality offices. It is one of the few North Sydney buildings with net lettable floor plates of more than 1,000 sqm.

The building comprises of:

  • four basement levels
  • a ground retail level
  • 14 upper commercial levels

Construction challenges?Development constraints included:

  • high volume traffic restrictions on the Pacific Highway leading to construction zone limitations
  • council limitations on construction access
  • maintaining pedestrian access during construction from the Pacific Highway to Greenwood Plaza
  • maintaining access to Greenwood Plaza’s loading dock through McDonald Lane; the site’s only access

Quality assessment and rating?Rider Hunt’s building quality assessment (BQA) stated that 80 Pacific Highway exceeded its Sydney CBD A-Grade average benchmark in five of the nine categories evaluated.

The development was rated “excellent”, having both tenant and landlord efficiency of 87 percent – generating the industry standard for a building of that size and scale.

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