North Quay Office Tower May Soon Be the New Workplace for Services Australia

A $600-million office tower in Brisbane’s CBD is primed for development as a potential, new workplace for over 4,000 public servants.

Developed jointly by Cbus Property and Nielson Properties, the development dubbed ‘205 North Quay’ is designed to become a “new benchmark for workplace well-being.”

Cbus Property and Nielson Properties, alongside the Raniga family, have been finalising a deal to secure Services Australia, which handles Medicare, Centrelink, and Child Support Agency, as its tenant. 

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205 North Quay is expected to deliver cutting-edge design from acclaimed architecture firms Hassell, New York-based REX, and Brisbane’s Richards & Spence.

As a world-class commercial space, this tower will include a wellness centre on one floor, a lap pool, childcare facilities, cafes and restaurants, an auditorium, facilities for events and celebrations, communal rooftop space, and outdoor terraces on every level. 

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“The proposal will promote the clustering of business uses and promote an increase in the intensity of uses within the CBD. Furthermore, the development effectively promotes Brisbane’s vision as a new world city by providing a unique and noteworthy addition to the city’s skyline and specifically seeking to achieve the outcomes of the Buildings that Breathe Design Guideline,” the planner, Urbis, stated in the development application (DA A005493795). 

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“The development offers a mix of uses and diversifies the offering of services within the CBD which also supports the intent and purpose of the Principal Centre Zone and city centre area.”

“To assert both the subtropicality and wellbeing focus for 205 North Quay, a full tower floor will be dedicated to wellness, which will be inclusive of an extensive end-of-trip offering, exercise studios, healthy eating offerings, consultation suites and a 25-metre lap pool overlooking the Brisbane River,” Nielson Properties’ Director, Ross Nielson, said.

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The new building is also aiming to achieve 6 Green Star rating and 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating as the designers have incorporated efficient use of natural light, compounded by LED lights and sensors, to reduce energy costs. 

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Cbus Property’s Chief Executive Officer Adrian Pozzo said that this is a “unique opportunity” to create a trailblazing office tower with the workers’ health and wellbeing in mind because of the impact of COVID-19 on working spaces. 

The developers have submitted DA A005493795 in 2020. The application is currently under appeal, pending minor changes.