Landmark building to house substation

A new landmark building in the sydney CBD will house a major electrical substation with an integrated commercial tower development.

Architects Fitzpatrick and Partners won a competition to design the building at 33 Bligh Street. Ausgrid managing director George Maltabarow said the partnership between Ausgrid and Investa was an efficient and innovative way to deliver essential infrastructure, commercial space and outstanding architecture for the city.

“We wanted this development to be energy efficient and cost efficient,” Mr Maltabarow said.

“We’ll achieve both by incorporating a 5-Star green-star rated commercial tower into the design.”

Ausgrid and Investa invited five architects to submit a proposal for the building’s design. Fitzpatrick and Partners won the competition after a selection panel agreed their proposal was an iconic building that would add quality to the streetscape while meeting the unique site requirements.

The commercial tower above the substation will be in the form of three cubic volumes, separated horizontally with horizontal offset. The main entrance to the tower will be an open, sky lobby.

“The Sydney CBD has 45 per cent of Sydney’s office space and 38,000 residents. We need a long-term approach to our city’s future power needs, including how that infrastructure adds to public amenity.”