Mirvac has locked down financial services firm Suncorp as anchor tenant for its $836 million 80 Ann Street building in Brisbane.
Suncorp will take about 40,000 square metres of the premium-grade building’s 84,000 sq m gross floor area for its new HQ, consolidating its staff in one building from the current three.
The 32-storey Woods Bagot-designed building is aiming high on the sustainability front, being designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating, better than a 5 star NABERS Energy Base Building rating and a 4 star NABERS water rating.
The building is also being designed with an abundance of green walls, gardens, terraces and outdoor spaces that embrace Brisbane’s subtropical climate.
Sustainability features include:
- a large end-of-trip facility to encourage cycling for staff and visitors, including over 500 bicycle parks
- diverting 90 per cent of construction waste from landfill
- low water-use fixtures and fittings and minimal water required for irrigation
- design to avoid the urban heat island effect
- 200,000 litres of rainwater-harvesting tanks for maintenance of landscape areas
Woods Bagot director and global workplace architecture leader Mark Damant said the building also had a strong wellness focus, with louvered and openable facades connecting arrival spaces with the outside.
“With terraces and balconies available to each community within the tower, Suncorp’s people will be able to step outside at every third level, without having to go all the way down to the ground,” Mr Damant said.
“There will be an abundance of natural daylight and fresh air for optimum workplace wellbeing and connectedness. Brisbane has the perfect climate to bring inside.”
He said the workplace design was a champion of Brisbane City Council’s Buildings that Breathe vision, and incorporated “dream floorplates” that were large and flexible with minimal internal columns and good access to daylight.
The building will provide “breathing floors” at levels 23 and 32, which have been designed as “mixed-mode garden terraces” with timber pods housing meeting rooms, collaboration spaces and client engagement areas.
The roof level will include a function space and kitchen, and will feature a shaded terrace, herb garden and even small fruit trees.
The building is expected to be completed in 2022.