Lendlease lodges application for new Circular Quay office tower

Lendlease lodges application for new Circular Quay office tower
Lendlease lodges application for new Circular Quay office tower

Lendlease has lodged approval for a new precinct and office tower on George and Pitt street in the heart of Circular Quay.

The development application proposes a 55-storey premium grade office tower, Circular Quay Tower, with a mixed-use podium, retail-lined laneways and a new hospitality offering at Jacksons on George.

The proposal offers a range of public benefits with more than 45 per cent of the precinct dedicated to community infrastructure being delivered for the City of Sydney, including George Street Public Plaza, Rugby Place Public Plaza, a Public Cycle Facility, public art and a three-storey community building.

Mark Menhinnitt, managing director of urban regeneration, said the proposed design is a major win for Sydney as it looks to find new ways to reinvent spaces in the CBD.

“In collaboration with the City of Sydney and Foster + Partners, we have developed a scheme that opens the ground plane to create as much community infrastructure as possible,” he said.

“Circular Quay has long been a renowned attraction in Sydney. Our ambition for this project is to create a place that workers, visitors and the surrounding community love.

"We want to create a place that people are drawn to – from retail-lined laneways and public plazas to a landmark tower worthy of its prime location.”

World leading architect firm Foster + Partners was chosen to progress the design of the tower which could become Sydney’s tallest office building with 55 storeys and a height of up to 263 metres, with its architectural roof feature.

Lendlease lodges application for new Circular Quay office tower

Gerard Evenden, senior executive partner at Foster + Partners, said they had considered everything in the design – from the tower’s scale and floorplates to the amenities and technology – to provide flexibility, connection and wellbeing for tenants’ workers.

“With many levels boasting spectacular views of Sydney’s landmarks, the tower will encompass functionally flexible open space floorplates that enjoy north facing workspaces,” said Mr Evenden.

The company’s sustainable approach to architecture aligns closely with Lendlease’s sustainability principles, with the entire precinct targeting 6 Star Green Star certification and a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.

The development application, which is subject to approval by the Central Sydney Planning Committee, is now on public exhibition. Consent has been granted for the demolition development application for the site. Early works are underway with demolition expected to start soon.

In December 2016, Lendlease confirmed Ping An Real Estate and Mitsubishi Estate Asia as development partners.


Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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