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Ipswich Commercial Tower 1


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Commencement Date: January 2012
Completion Date: August 2013
*Client: * Leighton Properties
Developer: Leighton Properties and Ipswich City Properties
Architect: Cox Rayner
Builder: Hutchinson Builders
Capital Value: $50 Million
Building Owner: Cromwell Property Group

Ipswich Commercial Tower 1 is located on the corner of Brisbane and Bell Streets, providing a new standard in commercial office quality for Ipswich. The A-grade 10 storey office tower incorporates 15,600m2 of office space, ground floor retail space and 3 levels of basement car parking.

Floth was appointed as the Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) professionals on this development, and was responsible for leading the design team in achieving a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 5 Star Green Star Office Design V3 rating.

The tower is the first of its kind and size to be constructed in the Ipswich CBD. The Queensland Government leases the entire net leasing area (NLA) of the building for department use, plus a ground floor tenancy to utilise as a customer service centre.

The client indicated that improving indoor air quality while still maintaining a high energy efficiency rating was a priority. Floth was able to improve the indoor air quality by requiring 50 per cent more outside air within the indoor office environment than is normally required in a building of this type. Strategically placed air ducts within the building, along with the installation of an automatic CO2 monitoring system were used to increase the outdoor air rate.

Floth was also required to ensure all service designs accounted for the future neighbouring development of Tower 2, as future plans will see Towers 1 and 2 joined via a ground level walk way.

Ipswich Tower 1 is targeting a 4.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating. Floth has undertaken the building energy simulation in accordance with the required NABERS protocols demonstrating that the building and its services, in particular the mechanical services can achieve this rating.

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