Award-winning architects Hames Sharley focused not merely on quality and style, but also on leading-edge sustainability with the Century City project. These key principles have formed the basis for a design which ensures the development lives up to its premier address at 100 St Georges Terrace.
The client wanted to design a sustainable mixed commercial and retail building befitting the prominent location in the heart of the Perth CBD.The building needed to incorporate a three-level retail shopping centre dedicated to attractive, well
planned retail space, with a leading-edge office tower comprising the 17 levels above.
Award-winning architects Hames Sharley focused not merely on quality and style, but also on leading-edge sustainability with the Century City project. These key principles have formed the basis for a design which ensures the development lives
up to its premier address at 100 St Georges Terrace. In a first for the Perth CBD, Century City will achieve a 4.5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR), in a globally based initiative to help building owners and tenants across Australia benchmark their greenhouse performance.
Estimates show commercial buildings in Australia spend around $4 billion on energy each year. Century City will help tenants save 20 to 40 percent on energy bills and reduce greenhouse emissions. WA’s This is achieved in a number of ways, including by utilising internal finishes such as carpets, paint and ceilings with low indoor pollutant type (low VOC-volatile organic compounds).
High performance external glazing to meet energy efficiency benchmarks and energy efficient lighting design and light fixtures will be used throughout the Tower. Cyclists shower and change facilities have been factored in to encourage less use of vehicles, and 25 percent of the tenant car bays will be allocated for small cars.
External sun-shading has been designed on the northern façade to meet energy efficiency benchmarks, and the building shape and orientation maximises the opportunity for building occupants to have access to external views. The building floor plate has been designed to allow 75 percent of building occupants to be within 8m of an external window, which increases productivity and comfort for workers.
Water efficient plumbing fixtures are used throughout the building, including waterless urinals, and dedicated storage areas have been provided to encourage building occupants to separate office waste. The central core design allows for flexibility in the tower for sub-divisible tenancy lay-outs to meet a variety of professional uses and needs. The tower is fronted by
three levels of retail malls and a restaurant court, linking St Georges Terrace to the Hay Street Mall.
The project is still under construction and is due for completion in late 2008. It is on time and on budget and will have a completed value of over $300 million. The completed project will be owned by ISPT (Industry Superannuation Property Trust).
In addition to the Century City project, Axiom Properties Ltd and ISPT have another major joint venture development in the Melbourne CBD. The Joint Venture purchased The Age newspaper headquarters in Spencer Street, Melbourne for $66.1
million in June.