Case study -15 September 2010 – Bovis Lend Lease has transformed the new Brisbane headquarters of Australian energy company Santos into one of Queensland’s greenest buildings, incorporating a range of pioneering sustainable features including one of the longest retro-fitted internal staircases in the state.

Situated on Levels 18-26 within the 37 storey commercial tower at 32 Turbot Street, in the North Quarter precinct of the Brisbane CBD, Santos’ new headquarters covers approximately 9000 square metres across nine levels.

The office component of the project is registered for a Green Star – Office Interiors rating with the Green Building Council of Australia and is targeting a 5 star rating.

The fitout project was presented with the Master Builders Housing and Construction Award for Innovation in Workplace Health and Safety (Brisbane) and has been put forward for the Queensland state award in October 2010. Additionally, construction manager Bridget Taylor received the Australian Institute of Building Queensland Professional Excellence
Award for Research and Technology earlier this year for her work on the project.

A range of sustainable initiatives have been incorporated into the fitout, including:

  • The defining feature of the building,the internal staircase connecting eight levels of Santos’ workspace, which is one of the longest retro-fitted internal staircases in Queensland. Installed within the confines of an existing building shell.The internal stairs reduce the need for lift use, improving the energy efficiency of the workspace while enhancing the connectivity of the Santos office.
  • Over 92 per cent of waste was recycled over the course of construction.
  • The workspace fitout is home to 1395 plants and throughout the office and bathrooms high quality energy and water efficient fixtures and fittings have been used.
  • The building’s 595 workstations and chairs are 97 per cent recyclable and the building’s timbers have been sourced from sustainable forests.
  • The office is serviced by the building’s gas driven energy system, which significantly reduces carbon emissions, and the tri-generation system, which reduces energy draw by using natural gas and feeds the output energy back into building hot water and cooling systems.
  • A roof top rainwater harvesting system enables the use of “grey” water throughout the building.
  • Bovis Lend Lease has previously partnered with Santos to design and construct the fitout of the company’s headquarters in Adelaide, which was completed in March 2007. Located at 60 Flinders Street in Adelaide’s CBD, the building known as The Santos Centre was the first in South Australia to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Office Interiors Certified Rating, which represents Australian Excellence.

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