1 William Street, Brisbane

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1 William Street
1 William Street, Brisbane in 10.2013 04.jpg
Building under construction in October 2013
General information
Status Under construction
Location 1 William Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Australia
Estimated completion 2017
Cost AUD$653 million
Height
Antenna spire 259.8 m (852 ft)
Top floor 179.1 m (588 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 44
Floor area 123,000 m2 (1,320,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 24
Design and construction
Architect Woods Bagot
Developer Cbus Property
References
Building webpage, CTBUH Skyscraper Center

1 William Street is a skyscraper under construction in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The modern style office building will be located in the Brisbane central business district in close proximity to Parliament House. The building is to be developed for the Queensland Government as part of the government's plan for a renewed Government Administrative Precinct and to meet its accommodation demands.

Construction cost of the tower is expected to be $653 million. It is to be completed in late 2016.[1]

History of the site[edit]

The site was formerly bisected by Short Street and comprised a number of different allotments and uses. Buildings occupied the area as early as 1854 and it was used for a variety of functions including; manufacturing, warehousing, shipping, housing, and electricity generation.

The Queensland Government began purchasing the properties in the 1960s as part of their Government Precinct development scheme and began demolishing the existing buildings, some dating to the 1850s. The demolition of the adjacent Bellevue Hotel and construction of 80 George Street saw the spoil from there dumped on the 1 William Street site. Short Street was closed and all of the site was amalgamated into one allotment, 1 William Street.

In 1974, the site was allocated for future government offices.[2]

1 William Street is a 6,778 sqm site, owned by the Queensland Government, and from 1982 until 2013 it was used as a government car park. The site encompass a whole city block between William, Alice and Margaret Streets and Riverside Expressway.

Cultural heritage significance[edit]

The site has archaeological potential of possible cultural heritage significance. Remnants of 1850s buildings are visible above the current ground level and it is likely that significant sub-surface fabric survives.

Development[edit]

In August 2012 the Government invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced organisations interested in bidding for the project. It was proposed that the site would be available to the successful party under a long term lease arrangement and that the Queensland Government would take a long term lease over approximately 75,000 sqm of the office space in the development.[3]

In September 2012 six developers were shortlisted to develop proposals for a new high-rise tower. The shortlisted companies were Cbus, Lend Lease, Brookfield, Westfield, Leighton Properties and Grocon.[4][5]

In December 2012, Cbus was announced as the developer for 1 William Street.[6] The developer was granted a 99-year lease over the site and a guaranteed 15-year government lease for 60,000 sq m of office space.[7]

Design[edit]

1 William Street will have a gross floor area of 119,977 sqm and a net lettable area of 74,853 sqm of office space, excluding retail which will cover 1,169 sqm. The design includes 318 car bays.[8]

About 60,000 sqm has been allocated for government space, leaving around 15,000 sqm to be subleased by the private sector.[8] It is intended to receive a 5 star NABERS office energy rating and a 3 star NABERS office water rating. The building is the first new commercial office building developed for government in the Brisbane CBD since the completion of the government office building at 33 Charlotte Street in 2004.[citation needed]

Construction[edit]

The project will support approximately 1,000 direct jobs per year and the flow-on impacts will provide a boost to the economy.

Construction commenced in early 2013,[9] and completion is expected by the end of 2016.[8]

The sod-turning ceremony, attended by the Treasurer of Queensland Tim Nicholls and the Deputy Premier of Queensland Jeff Seeney, was held on 4 March 2013.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wardill, Steven (5 September 2012). "Leaked document shows Campbell Newman's plan for CBD office tower will have 'significant' cost". Courier-Mail. Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Sarah Vogler (21 December 2012). "State Government announces successful bid for development of high-rise administrative complex at 1 William Street". The Courier-Mail (News Queensland). Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "1 William Street". Queensland Treasury and Trade. The State of Queensland. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Urbanalyst Staff (2 October 2012). "Six developers shortlisted for development at 1 William Street, Brisbane". urbanalyst. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Carter, Bridget (13 December 2012). "Giants in battle for $1 billion precinct". The Australian. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "William Street transformation a step closer to reality". Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Sarah Vogler (21 December 2012). "State announces CBD tower developer". News Limited. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Daniel Hurst (21 December 2012). "Green light for CBD skyscraper". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  9. ^ 1 William Street, Brisbane at Phorio
  10. ^ Amy Remeikis. "Brisbane Live at Work: Monday March 4". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 27°28′30″S 153°01′33″E / 27.475137°S 153.025779°E / -27.475137; 153.025779