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HQ Development

Commencement Date: March 2007
Completion Date: March 2010
Client: Property Development (Leighton Properties) Design & Construct (Leighton Contractors)
Developer: Leighton Properties and Leighton Contractors
Architect: Bligh Voller Nield
Builder: Leighton Contractors
Capital Value: $177 Million
Building Owner: 512 Wickham Street Pty Ltd (North Tower) and AFIAA (South Tower)

512 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld, Australia
ESD, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire & BMU Consultants

One of Brisbane’s most exciting developments HQ is situated in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and boasts a capital value of $177 million. The HQ development offers 39,000m2 of A-grade office space; 3,000m2 of retail space incorporating a boutique grocery store, restaurants, cafes, convenience food outlets and basement parking for 580 cars. HQ is also home to Australia’s largest privately owned bike centre, housing 270 bike racks.

Floth was appointed by Leighton Properties and Leighton Contractors to provide expertise in Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD), mechanical, electrical, fire and building maintenance unit services.

A number of environmentally sustainable targets were set for Floth, including a 6 Star Green Star rating in Office Design v2 from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.

Through innovative designs, Floth was able to assist with the delivery of an environmentally sound and significant development. To achieve the green targets, Floth implemented a central plant low temperature VAV air conditioning system and combined this with thermally optimised facade designs to provide excellent energy efficiency, which has also proven to be very cost effective.

To assist with minimising the carbon footprint of HQ, Floth included a 1555kW co-generation plant the largest co-generation plant in a commercial development to date. The use of the co-generation plant has contributed to achieving a significant reduction in base building C0? emissions which have been modelled at 29kgCO2/m2/annum or 67% better than a NABERS Energy 5 Star rating, setting new bench marks for the industry.

Delivering a quality indoor environment for tenants was also a major focus for the HQ development. Floth placed significant design focus on enhancing ventilation rates achieving an increase of 50 percent above standard ratings. Atriums were also used to maximise natural light inside the building. Particular attention was also paid to the effectiveness of air circulation, the uniformity of artificial lighting levels and the reduction in volatile organic compounds, all of which contribute to a safe and comfortable working environment.

Through Floth’s innovative designs, HQ received a score of 84 points – the highest score at the time of submission under the GBCA’s 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 rating. HQ has also received a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.

Floth’s Award Wins:

Finalist in the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards 2011 in the Sustainability in Business category.

Finalist in the UDIA (Qld) Boral Award for Excellence 2011 in the Consultants Excellence category.

Project Award Wins:

Leighton Contractors won the Engineers Australia (Qld Division) 2011 Qld Engineering Excellence Awards in the following categories: Buildings & Structures and Environment and Sustainability.

Leighton Properties won the Lord Mayors Business Awards 2011 in the Sustainability in Business category.

Leighton Properties & Leighton Contractors won the Urban Taskforce Australia Development Excellence Awards 2011 in the Development of the Year Award.


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