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163 Castlereagh Street (originally proposed as the John Boyd Tower) ANZ Bank Centre


Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT).


163 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. (old Greater Union Pitt Street site).


this is set to start construction in October 2008.


Millennium Minimalist Modernism. Curiously retro massing.


reinforced concrete frame, curtain wall glazing. 46st/188m/office


Office Building
the finished product in June 2013. Very nice result:
  Above- classic FJMT. Straight from the law building...
  Below- architectural computer renderings of the proposed scheme:
  Entering the site from the Castlereagh side and the transition of levels in the interior space.
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  The Pitt Street entry to the new “pedestrian street” and the Castlereagh side, showing the incorporation of heritage buildings.
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  Above- City of Sydney planning model
  Below- the site in 2008.
163 Castlereagh Street, Sydney: An amalgamation of five sites with frontage to Castlereagh and Pitt Streets in the heart of the Sydney CBD to comprise ground floor retail and upper levels with a potential mix of commercial and residential apartments.
163 Castlereagh Street- Sydney lost some heritage today
17 May

The former Angus and Son coachbuilders building was demolished today to make way for the entry area for the new Grocon / ANZ high-rise tower at 163 Castlereagh Street.

The building last week, now demolished. The demolition hoardings were being erected. The building was the showroom for ’Angus and Son, Motor Cars Carriages and Buggies’. Angus and Son were an important carriage maker at the turn of the century- they disappeared with the introduction of the imported motor car. This Edwardian building was built at the end of their power. The five arched windows were originally above doorways. The top floor was a large naturally lit showroom.

Above- a rather sketchy image from the Angus and Son catalogue, circa 1902.

Angus and Son coachbuilders were established in the mid nineteenth century. The catalogue was produced some 57 years after their establishment at the end of the horse drawn era and at the beginning of the motorised transport. The catalogue was produced to illustrate their leading and favourite types of horse drawn vehicles.

The Angus and Son catalogue is a 40 page booklet, stapled in the centre with a cardboard cover. The cover bears the title ‘Principal Depot and Show Rooms’, a photograph of the facade of the building and the address ’165-167 Castlereagh Street (between Park and Market Streets) Sydney’. The building on the cover features the wording ‘Angus and Son, Motor Cars Carriages and Buggies’.

The catalogue is illustrated with photographs and line drawings of the types of horsedrawn vehicles available for purchase from the company. The drawings are accompanied by notes on specific features, prices and materials.

The future elevation, showing the public entry area to the new 46story, 188m 163 Castlereagh St office tower.

Also to be demolished, the striking Brutalist Greater Union Pitt Centre (along with “corduroy concrete” facade).

Heritage items on the site

163 Castlereagh Street's new “pedestrian street”
17 May

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) was awarded this landmark project following a ‘Design Excellence Competition’. In recognition of the specificity of the site and its inherent attributes, the design comprises a carefully articulated assembly of elements (groundplane, streetwalls, tower elements and landscape) to create a unique architectural form. The development gathers a significant sequence of refurbished heritage buildings, public open space and streetscapes into a cohesive environment. It incorporates an iconic roof feature that will capture and break light to provide a dramatic addition and everchanging expression to the city skyline. A key component is the enhancement of the public domain and provision of a new “pedestrian street” which will provide a valuable mid-block city link and connections to address the wider city environs.
This 5 Green Star sustainable 42-storey development provides in excess of 72,000sqm of premium grade office space, retail and basement car parking, and accordingly will be an important addition to the CBD.

The latest big thing- Grocon's 163 Castlereagh St
17 May

Work has just started on the demolition and excavation of the new 163 Castlereagh St tower to be built by Grocon (demolition Metropolitan).
The office tower will be 46story, 188m and will have an interesting public area at ground level. A number of heritage buildings are being refurbished for the site and one is being demolished (Angus and Son, as we speak).

The proposed Pitt Street facade. Architects for the project are Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT).

ANZ aims high in Martin Place exodus
Robert Harley and Ben Wilmot. Copyright AFR 25.09.08

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is planning to move its Sydney headquarters off
Martin Place and into a new $900 million tower to be built by Sydney private developer John Boyd
Properties and aggressive UK construction giant Laing O’Rourke in the city’s mid-town precinct.
The ANZ, which is developing a huge campus-style headquarters in Melbourne’s Docklands, has
been examining the options for a shift from its ageing 20 Martin Place headquarters for several

The ANZ is believed to have given in principal approval yesterday to the shift from Martin Place to
163 Castlereagh Street, though neither the bank nor the developers would comment.

The move will reinforce the banking industry’s exit from Martin Place. And it is a coup for John Boyd
Properties and Laing O’Rourke at a time when the global financial crisis has curtailed the leasing
activity of many major corporations.

The 163 Castlereagh Street site covers almost half a hectare of older city buildings opposite the new
Sydney Hilton and close to Town Hall Station in a fast improving sector of the city.

The Boyd proposal for a three-sided, 44-storey tower with a lettable area of 57,000 square metres is
one of the largest in Sydney. The developer will target a five-star Green Star environmental rating,
but the building would have the capacity to move to six-star.

ANZ is expected to lease around 27,000 sq m in the tower, which could be completed by the end of

The bank’s move into the tower will also be crucial in the slow Sydney development market.
Relatively few financial services companies are looking for space in the wake of the market

In recent years, a number of the ANZ’s rivals have moved away from Martin Place.
Westpac shifted its headquarters from 60 Martin Place in Sydney to the purpose-built Westpac Place
in Sydney’s Kent Street.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has no plans to shift its headquarters from 48 Martin Place but
it will relinquish leased properties around the city after precommitting to the $560 million Darling
Walk development at Darling Harbour, being developed in a 50:50 joint venture with the Lend

Lease-managed Australian Prime Property Fund and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s Australian
arm, Harina. CBA has already taken about 51,000 sq m in Tower One of the Darling Park complex.
Laing O’Rourke started operating in Australia in 2004 and expanded with the purchase of
construction and services company Barclay Mowlem in 2006. It has since picked up major office
projects in Brisbane from Dexus Property Group and APH Capital Partners, as well infrastructure work
such as the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway, but the Sydney tower will be one of its most ambitious

Laing O’Rourke’s recently established Explore Development Funds Management is expected to
partner with Mr Boyd’s private group in developing the project in the first major deal to emerge from
the business.

Explore manages a closed-end, opportunistic development fund that is designed to work with the
group’s existing property development business and leverage third-party capital into development

Explore’s commitment is likely to assist in putting together a financing package – a key element in the
tower proceeding.

The progress of the Boyd site is being closely watched by the group’s rivals.


· The 163 Castlereagh Street site covers almost half a hectare.
· The plan is to build a 44-storey tower with a lettable area of 57,000 square metres.