33 Alfred Street

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Official Name 33 Alfred Street
Other Names AMP Building, Australian Mutual Provident Society Head Office Building, Circular Quay
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Australia
City Sydney
Street Address & Map 33 Alfred Street
Postal Code 2000
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 1956
Construction Start 1959
Completion 1962
Recladding 2005
Retrofit Start 2020

Original Companies Involved

• Current Australian Mutual Provident Society (AMP)
Developer AMP Capital Investors
Design Peddle Thorp & Walker
Structural Engineer
Design Rankine & Hill Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer
Design John R. Wallis & Associates; Slocum & Fuller
Main Contractor Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd

Retrofit Companies Involved

Design Johnson Pilton Walker

About 33 Alfred Street

Often regarded as Australia’s first skyscraper, 33 Alfred Street was the first building to officially break the 1912 Sydney Height of Buildings Limit and became Australia’s tallest building upon completion in 1962. The concept design for AMP’s new headquarters began six years earlier as AMP started negotiations with the Sydney City Council and in 1957, submitted an application for permission to exceed the height limit of 150 feet to the New South Wales Chief Secretary, initiating 12 months of investigations by the state government and the Sydney City Council. After a revised application was submitted in 1959 for a tower set back on an urban plaza with the building footprint covering only 55 percent of the total site, permission was granted for construction to begin.

The prominent location of the building on Circular Quay made the approval process highly controversial over not only the height, but also the unconventional modern design of the tower featuring a curved façade. The building site also required the assembly of multiple properties, including a large five story wool store which had stood for 107 years before demolition commenced. After completion, 33 Alfred Street quickly became a notable landmark for the city’s waterfront gateway and offered the public an observation level commanding unobstructed views looking over the largely low-rise cityscape.

CTBUH Initiatives

AMP Capital Confirmed as Diamond Sponsor
18 May 2017 – Conference Activity

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