420 George Street

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Height: Architectural 136.4 m / 447 ft
Height: Occupied 118.6 m / 389 ft
Height: To Tip 136.4 m / 447 ft
Floors Above Ground 36
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Elevators 19
Tower GFA 70,873 m² / 762,871 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 106


Official Name 420 George Street
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Australia
City Sydney
Street Address & Map 420 George Street
Postal Code 2000
Building Function office / retail
Structural Material concrete
Energy Label 5.0 Star NABERS Energy Rating
Proposed 2003
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2010

Companies Involved

Owner Investa Property; Fortius Funds Management
Developer Fortius Funds Management
Design Bates Smart
Structural Engineer
Design Bovis Lend Lease Design
MEP Engineer
Design Aurecon; Warren Smith and Partners
Project Manager Bovis Lend Lease
Main Contractor Bovis Lend Lease

About 420 George Street

Located in Sydney’s retail district, listed heritage buildings abut the site on both street frontages creating the challenge of inserting a large scale mixed-use building incorporating retail and commercial space seamlessly into the fabric of the context. The retail podium is a modern insertion into the streetscape that references its historic neighbors. The façades, through an abstract composition of vertical masonry and glass blades, reinterpret the scale and rhythm of adjoining heritage buildings in a contemporary architectural language.

The building core has been placed on the north to reduce solar heat gain to the floor plate, while sunshades on the short east and west façades provide this protection. This combination of strategies has allowed the building to be conditioned by a hybrid low temperature VAV system with perimeter chilled beams. An eight-story naturally ventilated atrium in the low-rise portion of the tower creates light filled, vertically-connected floor plates, where there would otherwise have only been low value floor space.

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