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BHP Billiton Perth

Location:
Perth
Type:
Office
Year:
2013
Architect:
Hassell
Fitzpatrick + Partners
Consultant:
NDY
Photographer:
Peter Bennetts

BHP Billiton was presented with a 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating for its Perth fitout at Brookfield Place,with consulting engineers Norman Disney & Young (NDY) providing building and sustainability services.

Covering in excess of 60,000 square metres, the BHP Billiton certification is the first 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating in Western Australia, one of the very few to achieve such a rating for a project of this scale in the country.

“Our building fitout was designed not only with sustainability in mind, but also to provide a modern, open and flexible work space for our employees,” said vice president of health safety environment and community at BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Brett Swayn.

The project was originally registered for a 5 Star Interiors rating, but the innovation points achieved have lifted that to a 6 Star rating.

Key innovations include the implementation of a Sustainable Supply Chain, where BHP Billiton put sustainability as an important procurement consideration, making decisions on credits not previously achieved on the scale of the company. Reduced transport emissions was furthermore achieved through 'Virtual meeting' facilities.

The tower is the tallest side core building in the Southern Hemisphere, which offsets the large concrete core to the north of the project, in effect providing an enormous concrete heat shield.

As the BHP Billiton fitout was fully integrated in to the base building works, waste was also minimised while efficiencies were maximised.

This greatly contributed to environmentally sustainable design and green upgrades.

The building design, construction and fitout were built upon the strong foundations of indoor environment quality, occupant amenity and operational efficiency.

For instance, all employee workstations are located within eight metres of natural light, while all lights in the building adjust automatically depending on the level of natural light. After 6pm, the lighting becomes sensor-activated, thereby deactivating automatically once the premises are empty.

Other initiatives include a demand-based supplementary HVAC system with control of ventilation rates integrated with the base building’s CO2 monitoring HVAC system, and energy efficient Power over Ethernet telephone network system.

"Overall, these initiatives contributed to a 20 per cent improvement on a 5 Star NABERS rating for the fitout," says NDY's sustainability and acoustics consultant Aaron James.

Already established as an iconic landmark on the Perth skyline, the 45-levels Brookfield Place development is also home to PWC and Barrick Gold.

Brookfield Place has redefined the Perth city skyline. Located at 125 St Georges Terrace, the commercial tower is now home to BHP Billiton. As well as including a retail and food and beverage precinct, this new civic space incorporates a number of the city's most historically significant heritage buildings. It provides an exciting backdrop for bars, restaurants and cafes, along with high end shopping.

HASSELL has been actively involved in designing a public realm that is an inviting and memorable part of the city fabric. Celebrating the modern and historical nature of the site, the public realm bridges the gap between the two creating a series of spaces that complement the nature of the surrounding built environment.

High quality paving, furniture and finishes throughout the site provide a welcoming environment for pedestrians together with trees that provide shade between the tower lobby and the heritage buildings.

The heritage courtyards connect all the lower levels of the heritage buildings into a series of high quality alfresco spaces, sheltered from the wind and sun. The podium level and ground floors of the heritage buildings are connected by a series of light-weight linking bridge elements that add to the dynamic and original quality of the space. Open plaza spaces and proposed artwork elements encourage activity and add vibrancy to the site.

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