Investa Property Group (“Investa”) and Ausgrid have announced architectural firm, Fitzpatrick and Partners, as the winner of the ‘Invited Competitive Design Alternatives Process’ for the proposed development project at 33 Bligh Street, Sydney.

The competition commenced last November with five leading architectural firms asked to submit a proposal. Following a thorough review of each scheme Fitzpatrick and Partners was selected as the winner, with the proposal considered to provide a unique landmark building which would add vitality and quality to the mix of buildings in the CBD, whilst meeting the unique requirements of the site.

The Selection Committee comprised representatives from both local and state government including Graham Jahn Director City Planning and Regulatory Services City of Sydney and NSW Government Architect Peter Mould, along with personnel from the site owners Ausgrid and Investa.

An iconic tower form made up of three cubic volumes and separated horizontally with horizontal offset was seen as a defining feature, with the sky lobby forming the main entry experience to the tower in an open and welcoming environment.

Commenting on the Fitzpatrick proposal, Mark Tait Senior Development Manager at Investa said: “The Fitzpatrick & Partners submission demonstrates an innovative design with an interesting and elegant tower façade that would provide an iconic and lasting legacy for the City of Sydney.”

The Selection Committee Report stated that the Fitzpatrick and Partners’ proposal was a bold, crisp design that resonated landmark quality, providing a positive architectural statement for the CBD, with the proposed substation façade presenting many artistic possibilities whilst incorporating art for public benefit.

The project would be a joint venture between Ausgrid and Investa, and occupies a prime Sydney CBD location, with frontages to both Bligh Street and O’Connell Street. Ausgrid propose to construct a substation on the site with Investa to develop a commercial tower above.

The project would deliver 26,000 square metres of A-grade office space with the Fitzpatrick and Partners proposal providing high floor plate efficiency, with a typical Net Lettable Area of 1,254sqm – 1,416sqm. The building will be designed to allow for maximum natural light and to capitalise on the available park and city views to the South, and harbour views to the West.

“The site is in a prime Sydney CBD location and will offer a high level of amenity to the occupiers,” said Mr Tait.

“We have selected Fitzpatrick and Partners following an extensive design competition process, which demonstrated they were the best candidate to design an iconic building for this site.”

Fitzpatrick and Partners will now join the project team and technical consultants to commence preparation of planning consent documentation encompassing the overall design of the substation and commercial tower. The team is also working with the City of Sydney Council to achieve design excellence.

The second stage of a Part 3A application is expected to be lodged with the NSW Department of Planning in September 2011.