Plans Moving Forward on $2.5B Sydney Towers


According to reports, development officials working on the $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney towers have officially submitted plans for project approval.

Noted to be one of the most sustainable commercial developments in Australia, Central Place Sydney will be comprised of 1.6 million square feet of office and retail space for tech innovation. The dual-tower property is slated to be powered by 100% renewable energy and will also have workplace environments that integrate nature and a range of amenities.

The new property, to be located in Sydney’s Central Business District, is being designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Australian architecture firm Fender Katsalidis.

Central Place Sydney

Plans for the mixed-use commercial space involve the construction of two commercial towers, rising 35 and 37 stories tall, respectively. The two towers will be connected by a low-rise building anchoring the development, which will serve as a space for street-level retail and enliven the precinct.

Featured as individual forms, SOM reports that the buildings are shaped to mitigate wind forces and admit natural light. Algorithmically-derived sunshades will also protect the interiors from solar glare and heat gain, while a “breathing facade” plans to add natural ventilation to interior workspaces. The project architects claim that the AI-controlled facade system is the first of its kind in the world.

“By mimicking nature and incorporating biophilic design elements like smart shading and extensive terraces, the tower designs for Central Place Sydney improve energy performance and enhance the wellbeing of those working within,” explained Scott Duncan, SOM Design Partner.

In addition to the office and retail space, the towers also plan to feature rooftop community spaces, vertical gardens and green spaces, as well as a diverse collection of restaurants and public art spaces. An integrated distribution facility is also planned to service and benefit the precinct through advanced logistics infrastructure.

Central Place Sydney Project Director, Kimberley Jackson, said the world-class tech precinct will rejuvenate Central as one of the key gateways to the Sydney CBD and underpin Tech Central as Sydney’s tech and innovation hub.

“This is an exceptionally significant project for Sydney and the development of Tech Central with the design focusing on connectivity, sustainability and the creation of an ultimate workplace precinct,” added Mark Curzon, Fender Katsalidis Director.

The project is being developed by Dexus and Frasers Property Australia with plans to commence construction in 2022 following project approval. The first stage of the project is targeting a 2025 delivery.


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