Tenants take to Brisbane’s 180 Brisbane by Daisho

As Origin Energy signs a 17-year lease at 180 Brisbane by Daisho, the first commercial high-rise to be built in the city on spec since the global financial crisis is almost full.

Joining anchor tenant Commonwealth Bank, Origin Energy will move into eight floors of the 34-level A-grade office tower at Ann St.

Tatts Group and Queensland state government have also signed leases, bringing occupancy to nearly 90 per cent just 12 months after practical completion.

The $300 million project, designed by Crone Partners, was the first in Queensland for Japanese property developer Daisho.

The 58,000 sqm building has an eye-catching glass façade, featuring a representation of the Brisbane River which captures the twists and turns of the city’s watery landmark.

Ken Ng, Savills state director who oversaw project management services on 180 Brisbane by Daisho, says the Japanese developer’s vision was to set a new benchmark for Queensland commercial office accommodation.

“180 Brisbane by Daisho was the first building in Queensland to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating, and is on track for a 5.5 NABERS Energy rating,” he says.

Ng says the sustainability features – from a tri-generation system to greywater harvesting – are performing “exceptionally well”.

Tenants have been attracted to the large floorplates with a side core configuration, which enable companies to consolidate their workforces across fewer floors in the one location, he adds.

“This provides flexibility and efficient design outcomes for tenants.”

Among the precinct amenities are a comprehensive food and beverage offer including three onsite bars, espresso bar and a Metropole food emporium. The precinct also hosts dry cleaning and bicycle maintenance services, as well as onsite childcare.

The configuration and orientation of the tower maximises views over the city, while an extensive public plaza connects the new tower with the existing commercial offices on 192 Ann Street.

“The building is directly opposite Central Station, less than 150 metres from King George Bus Exchange and features end-of-trip facilities to encourage active travel,” Ng says.

“The design promotes a positive and healthy work environment for tenants, including 281 bicycle racks, 402 lockers and 24 showers and change rooms,” he adds.

The design was awarded two Green Star ‘Innovation’ points for providing timetables for trains, buses and ferries on digital screens in the building’s foyer and for integrating sustainability initiatives with building and facility management platforms.

While Ng says working directly above Brisbane’s main railway line and tunnel posed significant constraints, as did navigating a construction site along three of the CBD’s busiest streets, the result is clear.

180 Brisbane by Daisho is a building attracting blue chip tenants and boosting the city’s reputation as a destination for innovation and investment.