Update 22/11/11: The 37 storey 480 Queen Street Commercial Tower by Grocon was today approved by the Brisbane City Council. It is not yet known if Suncorp has chosen 480 Queen Street or Southpoint as their new headquarters. Keep posted for the latest announcements.
Could this be Suncorp’s new HQ building? Grocon proposes massive 80,000sqm campus style office tower at 480 Queen Street?
Grocon has submitted an application to build a 36 floor office tower in the site of the former Trilogy Tower proposal. The new proposal has been designed to lure Suncorp as the key anchor tenant.
This year Suncorp announced it would consolidate it’s existing CBD offices into a new campus style format with large floor plates and space totalling around 30,000sqm.
The new 480 Queen Street proposal has been designed to accomodate large floor plates which is a key condition of Suncorp’s requirements. The development is intended to be split into two stages, with the lower campus levels being constructed first. The total GFA of the building is 80,230sqm which makes it one of Australia’s largest office buildings. Given the current commercial climate however stage 2 (sky rise) may not come into fruition for some time.
Included in the design is a pedestrian cross block link between Queen and Adelaide Streets. If approved this will be Grocon’s second development in Brisbane’s CBD following the controversial decision to bulldoze a 100 year old printery building in Elizabeth Street which will soon house the Australian Taxation Office. Similarly to the ATO building in Elizabeth Street, architects BVN have been involved in the design of 480 Queen Street in conjunction with Donovan Hill.
Suncorp has not publicly announced any deal yet with Grocon however the submission of this DA indicates that Grocon feels confident in winning the tender for office accommodation. DA Number: A003148514 Images below from BCC Planning and Development Online: