1 William Street, Brisbane

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1 William Street
1 William Street, Brisbane in October 2015 03.jpg
Building under construction in October 2015
General information
Status Under construction
Location 1 William Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Estimated completion 2017
Cost AUD$650 million
Antenna spire 259.8 m (852 ft)
Top floor 179.1 m (588 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 46
Floor area 119,977 m2 (1,291,420 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 24
Design and construction
Architect Woods Bagot
Developer Cbus Property
Main contractor Brookfield Multiplex
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 $538 million, with a total development cost of over $650 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-square-metre (72,960 sq ft) 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.


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 m2 (810,000 sq ft) 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 m2 (650,000 sq ft) of office space.[7]


1 William Street will have a gross floor area of 119,977 m2 (1,291,420 sq ft) and a net lettable area of 74,853 m2 (805,710 sq ft) of office space, excluding retail which will cover 1,169 m2 (12,580 sq ft). The design includes 318 car bays.[8]

About 60,000 m2 (650,000 sq ft) has been allocated for government space, leaving around 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft) 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]


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]


  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. 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