Collins Square claims sustainable building title

Collins Square claims sustainable building title

24 May 2019

Australia’s second largest commercial mixed-used project, the five-tower Collins Square development in Melbourne’s Docklands, has claimed the title of the highest concentration of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, reports Urban.com.au.

The development has been awarded a Green Star Design, As Built v3 Rating, and NABERS Energy 5 rating due to the use of eco-conscious technology including a Tri-Generation system, rainwater harvesting as well as energy efficient fixtures and fittings.

The Walker Corporation $2.5 billion project features 250,000 sqm of commercial space across five towers, 10,000 square metres of retail and dining, childcare facilities, a supermarket, and a health and wellbeing centre. The development also included the refurbishment of the 120-year-old Goods Shed South, in its day the longest single building in Australia.

Spanning an entire city block, Collins Square was designed to fit seamlessly into the urban landscape, providing a transition in scale from the CBD down to Docklands Park and limiting overshadowing to surrounding public spaces and the Southbank of the Yarra.

The fifth and final tower—aptly named Tower 5—spans a total of 33-storeys and 117 metres.

The $168.5 million commercial tower, located at 727 Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD, is the last of a collection of buildings spanning an entire city block combining to more than 250,000 square metres of commercial space and 10,000 square metres of retail.

The tower is interconnected within the precinct for easy access to the neighbouring towers. Bluetooth activated lifts also allow workers and visitors to reach their destination using their smartphone.

Tower 5 is on track to be complete by July 2018 and tenant fit outs by November 2018. Tenants of Tower 5 include Transurban, NBN, Grant Thornton, and The Executive Centre.

NBN, for example, recently moved into 20,000 square metres at Tower 5 and occupies 14,000 square metres at Melbourne Central.

Occupancy at the Tower is now nearly 99 per cent.

An estimated 20,000 workers are expected to eventually work at Collins Square.

The Collins Square precinct was developed in close collaboration with the Victorian Government, with first two towers reaching completion in 2012, followed by the third and fourth towers in 2014.

In addition to Tower 5, Multiplex has completed a number of other commercial projects in Docklands in recent years, including Cbus Property’s Medibank office (720 Bourke Street) and National Australia Bank building (700 Bourke Street), and 727 Collins Street.