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Grosvenor Place tower
|Location||225 George Street, Sydney|
|Owner||Superannuation Fund Investment Trust|
|Roof||180 m (590 ft)|
|Floor area||90,000 m2 (970,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Harry Seidler & Associates|
|Structural engineer||Ove Arup & Partners|
|Main contractor||Concrete Constructions|
Grosvenor Place is a commercial office tower in George Street, Sydney, Australia, which was designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler. The building provides office space on the south-eastern edge of the city centre suburb of The Rocks, adjacent to the northern limits of Sydney's CBD; it is 180 metres tall and contains 44 floors. Current tenants include Deloitte, Norton Rose Fulbright, Michael Page and Aussie. Grosvenor Place is owned by Dexus, Mirvac and Arcadia.
The building occupies an entire block in Sydney's city centre suburb of the Rocks, bounded by George Street, Essex Street and Grosvenor Street (after which the building is named). As well as the modernist office tower facing George Street, the complex includes the Johnsons Building and Royal Naval House – two low-set heritage buildings in Grosvenor Street. There is a diagonal path for pedestrians, which runs between the heritage buildings and the main tower.
The premium grade office tower was designed by Harry Seidler & Associates. In 1989, Grosvenor Place won the RAIA Lustig & Moar National Prize and the 1991 Sulman Award.
Grosvenor Place was instigated by Bob Hammond who stipulated that the building must generate long term value. This mandate was realised through the design of a large, open floor design, incorporating column-free floor plates, which at 2,000 sqm are among Sydney's largest. This allows whole organisations to occupy complete levels and provides an uninterrupted space that can be custom designed by tenants.
The form of the tower features two crescents with an elliptical central core. The positioning and orientation of Grosvenor Place's two quadrants was chosen to maximise views over Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House down George Street.
True to Seidler's belief that large buildings should be a place where art is displayed, Grosvenor Place's lobby contains Pillars & Cones, an artwork by American minimalist, Frank Stella. The building also houses a four-level basement carpark, al-fresco and internal restaurants and bars and five star end-of-trip facilities.
- 24-hour on-site security
- Dedicated concierge and building management team
- Onsite cafes, bars, and restaurants
- End-of-trip facilities (Camerino)
- 500 car park spaces
- Onsite meeting rooms
- Tenant's complimentary wellness program
Camerino is Grosvenor Place’s luxurious end-of-trip facilities.
The word Camerino means ‘dressing room’ in Italian, drawing inspiration from the abundant Italian marble and stone used throughout the amenities. The luxury end of trip facilities contain 30 shower cubicles, 500 digital lockers, 95 cleat and helmet lockers, grooming stations, premium brand hair dryers and hair straighteners, a free towel service, dry cleaning services, an ironing station, shoe polish machine and lounge facility with a digital TV.
Cyclist facilities include parking for 230 bikes, a universal bike stand for bike repair on site, a cyclist vending machine and a secure drying room with a high speed spinner that dries Lycra in eight seconds.
Grosvenor Place holds a 4.5 star NABERS energy rating and a 3.0 star NABERS water rating. Sunshades provide the primary energy saving measure and eliminate sky glare. The sunshades are angled depending on their orientation to the sun. Other sustainability features include high performance thermal glass to minimise heat transfer, roof-mounted solar collectors, a large off-peak powered thermal energy storage plant that meets all tenancy day time demands, sustainable LED lighting technology and a 6,000 litre rainwater tank.
Grosvenor Place was one of the first buildings to use smart meter technology, implementing a web graph system to measure, monitor and manage energy and water usage.
The Grand Piazza
The $20 million refurbishment of Grosvenor Place brought the Piazza to life as a contemporary, sunlit dining space offering flexibility, convenience and choice.
Catering to every taste, visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-work drinks next to the calming fountain or on the sun-lit terrace overlooking the bustling Piazza.
The five eateries located in the Piazza complement each other to create a unique culinary hub. The Grosvenor Place Piazza features the acclaimed Rosetta by Neil Perry, Grand Dūk, Rockery, Georgie Boy's and Banksia Bakehouse.
Grosvenor Place has won 10 awards, including:
- 2012 – Green Globe (10 year sustainability Achievement Award)
- 2012 – MBA Excellence in Construction (Adaptive pre use of historic building) $10,000,000 - $20,000,000
- 2011 – Lighting Award of Excellence (Ground Floor Refurbishment)
- 2010 – Lighting Design Award of Excellence (Ground Floor Refurbishment)
- 2010 – Interior Architecture Award
- 2009 – MBA Excellence in Construction (Refurbishment/Renovation/Extension) $10,000,000 - $30,000,000
- 2009 – Best use of Glass
- 1991 – Sir John Sulman Medal, RAIA
- 1989 – RAIA Lustig & Moar National Prize
- 1988 – Engineering Excellence Award (from the Institution of Engineers)
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