100 Skyring, Brisbane’s new gateway to the $2 billion urban renewal of the Gasworks precinct, is nearing completion.
The $175 million project, developed by Charter Hall, will rise 12 storeys and offer 23,759 square metres of A-Grade office space.
It will offer workplace design by Bates Smart that encourages work and play and is flexible to meet all staff requirements, including out of hours work.
The building will be located on Newstead’s Skyring Terrace, 1.7 kilometres from Brisbane CBD and in the heart of a transport hub with train, ferry and buses minutes away.
The Bank of Queensland (BOQ) will take up the lower levels for its Brisbane headquarters.
According the Charter Hall regional asset manager Belinda Kalinin, 100 Skyring is “designed to foster greater staff collaboration and productivity with large, campus-style floor plates,” a growing demand in workplaces.
“An inspiring workplace design and environment encourages employee performance, motivation and satisfaction,” Kalinin said. “100 Skyring’s 2,200 square metre floor plates have been orientated to maximise natural light and allow for ultimate workspace planning flexibility to increase interaction, efficiency and collaboration.”
She added that businesses are increasingly looking for workplaces that allow workers to achieve a work-life balance despite the end of the typical 9-to-5 work day, something that will be made possible through the burgeoning Gasworks precinct in which the new building will be located.
The precinct will be built across 17 hectares and will offer 1,060 square metres of retail, plus civic spaces, parklands, river walkways and bicycle paths. Even 100 Skyring will house 192 bike spaces, showers and lockers to encourage those who work there to use the nearby facilities.
“100 Skyring has been designed to connect and engage with the precinct’s open green space, cafés, restaurants and other amenities, extending the workspace outdoors,” Kalinin said.
The building’s exterior has been designed by local architecture firm ML Design, while the building itself features a gentle curving facade facing the East and Brisbane River on its upper levels.
ML Design noted that an “H configuration of the lower levels respects the importance of the gasometer and the under croft affords visual and pedestrian permeability to the vibrant public domain.”
ML Design’s senior project manager Paul Hanley said 100 Skyring’s exterior will be a captivating focal point for people travelling along Breakfast Creek Road towars the city.
Another key exterior feature is a 260-metre long piece of art by renowned Brisbane artist Daniel Templeman which wraps in a screen like fashion around the two level podium carpark. The piece draws inspiration from the illumination of the neighbouring historic Gasworks frame and city streets. It also respects the site’s industrial past while connecting aesthetically to its contemporary future.
“This artistic screen runs along three sides of the building and consists of approximately 2,000 interlocked, metallic panels,” Hanley said. “Apart from giving the building greater texture and visual interest, these ‘scales’ cleverly screen the building’s podium carpark. It’s an innovative solution that delivers a stunning talking point.”
100 Skyring is aiming for a 5 star Green Star – Office Design (v3) and As-Built rating and a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating.
The commercial building is expected to be complete by August.
The Gasworks project is one of a number of Australian cities dovetailing new precincts with their CBDs.
This includes Melbourne’s Docklands, the country’s largest urban renewal project, which continues to inject innovative commercial and residential buildings along with a focus on public space. The Docklands, a former port, has attracted some impressive tenants, including ANZ, Nine Network and Medibank.
Barangaroo South in Sydney, meanwhile, is set to be the new financial headquarters for the city.