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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
26 Project Manager CASE STUDY Hive of activity KEY PLAYERS DAVID CRAIG Commonwealth Bank CFO DAVID ROLLS Head of Development Lend Lease MICHAEL HARTE Commonwealth Bank CIO PLUS • Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) architects • Davenport and Campbell • EGO Group PROJECT CLIENT: Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial (owner) and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (tenant) SCOPE: To create an innovative and sustainable working environment for 6200 Commonwealth Bank staff. COMPLETION: 2011 KEY CHALLENGE The initial contract for the Darling Quarter redevelopment was signed just as the world descended into the global financial crisis. Stakeholders were cautious and Lend Lease did not want to proceed with the works until a tenant had been secured. Shortly after, the Commonwealth Bank committed to a 13-year lease of the new buildings and by September 2008, preliminary works were underway. These included considerable archaeological excavation that uncovered the remains of structures and events dating back to the early 1800s. BACKGROUND BRIEFING Commonwealth Bank Place in Darling Park, Sydney, was the final piece of the Commonwealth Bank’s metropolitan property strategy. The aim was to create three workplace precincts as ‘Centres of Excellence’ in the areas of innovation and sustainability at Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney’s CBD. Commonwealth Bank Place would be the centrepiece of the Darling Quarter redevelopment – a collaboration between property developer Lend Lease and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. PROCESS ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES The 6-star Green Star design-rated office buildings of Commonwealth Bank Place were awarded a water recycling licence as part of the 2010 NSW Metropolitan Water Plan. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies were contracted to design, build and operate the new recycled water plant. The building’s design was also integral to achieving the NABERS rating. Architect FJMT designed a double-glazed curtain-wall skylight spanning 56 metres to optimise natural daylight. Façade company Permasteelisa then fabricated the skylight at its Thailand facility. To address solar heat gain and glare issues created by the natural light, high-performance double- glazed glass and automated timber Venetian blinds were installed. Other sustainable features include chilled beam technology throughout office areas and a ‘trigeneration’ plant generating electricity, heat and cooling needs and facilitating circulation of fresh air rather than recirculated air. “Delivering sustainable outcomes socially, economically and environmentally was a key consideration in the planning and design ... and was the result of a highly collaborative process between all parties involved in the development,” said Head of Development for Lend Lease David Rolls. Commonwealth Bank has unveiled its 6-star Green Star design-rated office buildings and, in doing so, delivered the largest activity-based working project in the world.
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