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Hutchies partnered with Ashe Morgan and DMANN Corporation and their design team in mid-2017 through a collaborative early contractor involvement (ECI) process on the exciting new Midtown Centre development.
Lead by Project Director, Michael Bruderlin of InDeMa Properties, the project will see two old Queensland Government towers (Health and Forestry House) be combined into one larger PCA A-Grade office tower in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD. The significant upgrade and expansion will deliver a 5 Star Green Star rating as well as the first Silver WELL rated core and shell in Queensland. It creates an average of 2,000m2 floor plates and will have a range of first-class integrated amenities to serve the modern workforce of today.
Midtown Centre has a range of unique aspects that take advantage of Hutchies’ diverse construction experience and capability in office towers, Green Star and NABERs ratings, conversions, heritage and integrated fitouts. We have built over 60 high rise buildings in Brisbane’s city and fringe alone. Across Australia we’ve delivered more than $2 billion worth of Green Star rated buildings using our in-house ESD Team, which is over 50 buildings and more than half a million square metres of rated space. A great similar Hutchies project is the recent completion of Aurizon’s new office building at 900 Ann Street, a 5 Star Green Star PCA A-Grade tower, heritage interface, high quality facilities and an integrated fitout.
We’re excited to be building another market leading development in our home town – these are the jobs that really celebrate Hutchies’ difference of keeping it local and supporting our community.
Greg Quinn, Managing Director
Hutchinson Builders’ Fred Brands will oversee the delivery of the project off the back of their experience on several of Brisbane CBD’s towers including the multi-award-winning Santos Place at North Bridge. Santos was Brisbane’s first "World Leadership" 6 Star Green Star rated commercial building.
Construction will be completed mid-2021 and support around 400 direct construction jobs, including for apprentices and cadets. Two of Hutchies’ own cranes will be erected on top – one for each of the existing buildings to service the project. It will be quite a unique construction process with the space between the two existing towers being in-filled with 6 new floors built on top to create the new single building and reflect an additional 66% of additional NLA.
This project creates momentum in the Brisbane office market space. We have sourced the best local subcontractors and suppliers to ensure this project supports our local economy, but also to achieve a high-quality outcome. This will be a flagship A-Grade office building, something everyone will be proud to be involved in.
Fred Brands, Team Leader
In March 2019, anchor tenant, Rio Tinto, announced it would occupy 20,000m2 of the 44,000m2 building, relocating from its former home at 123 Albert Street. Midtown will feature a subtropical inspired fitout using locally sourced Queensland materials, numerous outdoor terraces with lush landscaping, inter-floor mixed-mode atriums, state-of-the-art end of trip facilities, a complementary wellness centre and the star of the show – a unique 840m2 sky terrace garden on level 20.
At the base of the building there will be a new laneway connecting Charlotte Street through to Mary Street, which will include a mix of retail and hospitality spaces that activate the precinct at ground. On the Charlotte Street side, a heritage façade, built circa 1890, will be carefully restored and enhanced. Above will be a 3-level mixed use podium separated by a central naturally ventilated glass atrium.
The design, by internationally renowned Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis, embraces the ‘Buildings that Breathe’ philosophy throughout to foster productive, healthy workplaces in line with Brisbane City Council’s New World City Design Guide. Karl Fender OAM, Firm Founding Partners and Managing Director of Fender Katsalidis believes Midtown Centre will become a global exemplar for re-purposing aged commercial building assets. Lat27 who are the local landscape architecture designers will carry this theme through all aspects of the open spaces.
The decision to connect and refurbish the two buildings is over 230% more environmentally friendly than demolition and new build according to Green Star. This approach not only reflects corporate responsibility through sustainable design, but also responds to market demands for large format, highly flexible contemporary workplaces.
Michael Bruderlin, Project Director