Donna Kelly

23 April 2013 — Japanese property developers Daisho Group has launched construction of a new six star Green Star and 5.5 star NABERS building in the Brisbane CBD with a traditional Japanese sake barrel ceremony and taiko drummers.

The $300 million 34-storey building will be at 180 Brisbane at 180 Ann Street, with the announcement signalling a resurgence of confidence in the city.

The development will include a facade showcasing the Brisbane River, smart technology and environmentally sustainable design features.

Daisho Group general manager Yasuo Iwasaki said the new project signified the renaissance of Brisbane’s CBD property sector with the potential to inspire further confidence in the city and state’s future.

“As Watpac begins principal construction works, local and interstate companies are showing keen interest in becoming tenants of 180 Brisbane when it is completed in late 2015,” he said.

“These include mining and resource companies, professional service firms and others looking to establish or expand their presence in the Brisbane CBD.”

Daisho has owned 192 Ann Street since 2001. It also owns the Park Hyatt in Sydney.

Environmentally sustainable design features at 180 Brisbane’s  will include:

  • The building will target Brisbane’s first 6 Star Greenstar Office V3 rating and 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating. It is also targeting a 6 Star Green Star Office As Built V3 rating.
  • A tank for harvesting rainwater and reusing it for cooling tower make-up and landscape irrigation. It will also recycle greywater from basins and showers for reuse in toilet flushing.
  • A tri-generation plant for heating, cooling and generating.
  • 192 bicycle racks, 96 visitor bicycle racks and 11 retail bicycle racks, 338 lockers and 23 showers and air conditioned change rooms.

Consultants will include:

  • Floth – environmentally sustainable design, building management system and mechanical, electrical , hydraulic, communications and security
  • Norman Disney & Young – passenger lifts
  • Hyder – structural and ARUP – fire services.