44 Martin Place, Sydney

44 Martin Place is an 11,000sqm heritage sandstone building in Sydney’s CBD. The lease agreement was ending, and the facility required upgrading to compete with other high-end office spaces in the area.

The project required us to work effectively to achieve the often competing desires of the builder, architect and building owner. The project provided a coordinated design for refurbishment of the existing heritage building and the addition of two storeys to the building.

Space restrictions and the existing lifts impacted our ability to create premium-grade office space and the addition of an atrium through the centre of the building was the source for further complications.

A restriction in height (to avoid obscuring sunlight on the building opposite) was specifically relevant to mechanical design restricting the location of plant equipment.

The project is targeting 4 Star Green Star Design and As Built v1.2 Certification, with a focus on indoor environment quality to improve the occupant health and wellbeing, without losing the sight of energy efficiency and carbon emissions. The building is also looking at effectively encapsulating resilience measures to provide a safety net against future climate change impacts.

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