Investa Office and Gwynvill Group (the “Owners”), have announced Hassell as the winner of the international design competition for the redevelopment of 60 Martin Place, Sydney (the “Building”).
The selection follows a three month design competition involving six design teams, including a mix of local and international architectural firms. Following first round submissions, Hassell and a partnership between Architectus (Sydney) and PLP Architecture (London) were shortlisted, with Hassell ultimately awarded the winning scheme. 60 Martin Place is currently a 28-storey building comprising just over 28,500 square metres of lettable area. Fronting Martin Place, it is bordered by Macquarie Street to the east and Phillip Street to the west. Constructed in 1971, the Building is currently occupied by Westpac.
The Owner’s vision for the site is to create a distinctive, timeless development and a 21st
century workplace for tenants, which is in line with both Council’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision and the objectives of the Martin Place Owner’s Group. Both aim to revitalise the role and function of Martin Place as a key global financial and economic hub within the Sydney CBD, making it an attractive, activated location for employment and after-hours entertainment and dining.
Hassell’s design which incorporates just over 40,000 square metres of lettable area, over 32 levels was a stand-out, successfully combining an integrated, connected ground plane design with architectural features that complement the character and materials of Martin Place.
Sandstone cladding on the podium facade provide a link to the Martin Place heritage precinct, with the design activating all three frontages via perimeter retail on the lower and upper ground levels and the provision of three lobby entrances. The podium rooftop incorporates a public restaurant, roof terrace and event space with balconies onto Martin Place and Macquarie Street. The development reveals the adjoining St Stephen’s Uniting Church as one side of the five story glass atrium, creating a vibrant civic ‘room,’ exposing and incorporating the southern façade of the church.
A western centre side core is provided which maximises contiguous office space, daylight and views to the Opera House, Botanical Gardens and the harbour. Floor plates are flexible and generously proportioned, ranging from 1,200 – 1,600 square metres of lettable area at podium level and 1,250 – 1,500 square metres in the tower, with views available from level 7. The base building is targeting a minimum 6 Star Green Star Office and a minimum 5 Star NABERS energy rating.
The building’s prominent corner location would provide up to three anchor tenants the opportunity to each secure a desirable Martin Place, Phillip Street or Macquarie Street address.
Mark Tait, General Manager Commercial Development, Investa Office said: “The Hassell proposal provides a unique, landmark building which would add vitality and quality to the mix of buildings in the CBD, while responding to the individual requirements of the site.”
The through site link and new atrium will enhance permeability of the site, providing a new public space for Martin Place. The atrium has a grand scale, being open to upper podium level commercial spaces, enabling tenants and the broader community to engage with heritage listed St Stephen’s Church at the lower level.
Tony Grist, Hassell Head of Design and Architecture said: “The 60 Martin Place design will deliver a balance of social, cultural and economic value to Sydney and its people as well as to its Owners.
The design respects the existing facades that lend Martin Place its character and the building’s striking northern facade is a fluid, curved form. As the building rises, the curve pulls back from the spire, giving it ‘breathing space’, before curving again towards the view above the spire. From street level, the image of the spire will be reflected and scattered in the façade.”
On Monday this week, the City of Sydney approved the planning proposal for the development, supporting the amendment of the planning controls to allow the development to proceed.
The Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) report issued earlier this month stated that Martin Place has had a prominent role in Sydney’s emergence as an international commercial city, which has been augmented in recent years by an increasing civic role, as the focus of cultural events and public forums. The report acknowledged that the current office tower and podium relate poorly to each other and to the surrounding location and did not meet the needs of premium tenants, in terms of floor plate configuration, amenities and sustainability.
The report stated that the City had been working closely with the Martin Place Owner’s Group to develop strategies to promote revitalisation. Development of a high quality, sustainable commercial office building with a strong relationship to the ground plane at 60 Martin Place supported these revitalisation efforts.
Michael Cook, Head of Commercial Development and Leasing, Investa Office added: “60 Martin Place will reflect Investa’s integrated office ownership and development philosophy, delivering exceptional quality, innovation and environmentally sustainable design.
The landmark site provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to create an enduring development that exceeds the expectations of premium tenants over the long term, while being a positive legacy for the City of Sydney and its Owners, and a benchmark for future office developments in Sydney.”
The LEP amendment and stage 1 DA came off public exhibition in December 2014 with the planning proposal formally approved by the City of Sydney on Monday. The leasing campaign is scheduled to commence in March.
For more information please visit sixtymartinplace.com.au
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