A development application has been submitted for a new six storey A-grade boutique commercial building located at 89-91 Mclachlan Street, Fortitude Valley.
89-91 McLachlan St is being developed by Eminence Fortitude Valley Pty Ltd a registered partnership of Pellegrino Group Australia and Australian Capital Limited parent companies.
According to the development application, the proposed development which has a GFA area of 4,564sqm plans to capture a segment of the office market which is currently un-catered for in existing and upcoming developments.
“The majority of upcoming office buildings within fringe/near city areas are greater than 15,000 SQM in size and are hence positioned for large tenants only. We intend to cater for tenants of 300sqm to 4,000sqm who generally do not get to occupy new buildings of ‘A’ grade quality and sustainable design, as well as have major presence in a building compared to the larger format office buildings.”
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Designed by O’Neill Architecture, the development will comprise of three ground floor retail tenancies and plans to be deviate from the typical block ‘podium and tower typology’ by creating a visually distinctive slanted podium that is disrupted by protruding outdoor elements across the upper levels.
A rooftop sky terrace is proposed for use of the commercial occupants. Under the plans, office tenants will be able to utilise this space for break out spaces, informal meetings, Yoga/Pilates and exercise, breakfast/lunch, and hire from management for work functions.
The proposal includes multiple subtropical design features in accordance with the BCC’s Buildings that Breathe Guidelines and also comprises of features that go above and beyond requirements, such as:
- Solar PV cells on rooftop
- The use of passive design in high performance facades and integral shading to reduce solar loads while providing good levels of daylight, views and external connectivity.
- Energy efficient and high indoor air quality mechanical systems including zoned heat recovery air conditioning systems, variable speed electronically commutated (EC) ventilation fan motors, CO controlled carpark ventilation system, and Building Monitoring and Control System.
- High efficiency electrical systems, incorporating innovative low energy lighting systems and controls, plus a roof-mounted photovoltaic panel array.
- Management initiatives including comprehensive building commissioning and tuning, environmental management and recycling of construction and operational waste.
- Sustainable material selection and minimised emissions in selection and design of building components.
- Design for water conservation and minimisation of associated energy usage through the avoidance of water use in heat rejection, installation of high WELS rated fixtures and fittings and gas-boosted solar domestic hot water systems
- Sustainable transport initiatives including excellent pedestrian access to nearby amenities, public transport and CityCycle, comprehensive cyclist facilities and consideration of fuel efficient vehicle parking.
- Environmental certification to a minimum NABERS Office Energy (Base Building) Rating of 4.5 Stars.
The proposed building offers several outdoor ‘city rooms’ (as defined in Buildings that Breathe) on the ground floor, encouraging occupation of the streetscape by both the building occupants and the public.
In April 2016, the subject site was approved for a 9 storey residential development of a podium and tower design. The proposal comprised of ground floor retail as well as 57 residential units on the upper levels (A004195645). This application incorporates aspects from the existing approval including the same setback to the adjoining heritage site, site access with three basement levels, and a corner dedicated to deep planting.
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The development application number for this project is A004718426.