Brisbane will soon lay claim to a public park in the sky, joining the likes of New York and Osaka, after the approval of a new 36-storey office tower on Queen Street.
Construction on Grocon's six-star green rated and five-star NABERS-rated building at 480 Queen Street is due to begin in 2013, with completion in 2016 to reveal a 12-storey "living green wall" and an elevated, fifth level park.
New office tower for CBD
A video flyover shows the location and layout of a 37 storey CBD commercial tower which has been approved by Brisbane City Council.
The lofty green space is designed to similar principles behind Manhattan's High Line Park, which transformed a section disused railway into an urban park which snakes through the Big Apple.
The Grocon tower, at the site of the failed Trilogy Tower development, also reflects a global trend towards sustainable design and "living" buildings, such as the Historial de la Vendée in Les-Lucs-sur-Boulogne, France, the California Academy of Sciences and Osaka's Namba Parks green transit-oriented development.
Grocon chief executive Daniel Grollo said the features would achieve international recognition for Brisbane.
“The new public park on level five of the building is an Australian first, showcasing Brisbane as a leader in world class design,” he said.
“The 12-storey green wall, designed to be visible from the Story Bridge, will also be a wonderful addition to the Brisbane skyline.”
Mr Grollo confirmed BHP Billiton as the building's “top-tier anchor tenants”, though Grocon's Head of New Business Scott Ponton added there were other big names on the list.
“We already have premium tenants including Freehills and The Executive Centre on board,” Mr Ponton said.
“This project will provide hundreds of jobs and be a healthy boost for the construction industry in Queensland.”
It is widely speculated that accounting firm KPMG, currently based alongside BHP at Riparian Plaza at 71 Eagle Street, may follow the mining giant.
Suncorp had been tipped to be 480 Queen Street's anchor tenant, but ultimately chose a new building at South Bank.