Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

Suncorp Place (former Qantas Tower)

architect

Joseland Gilling & Partners, structural engineers: Miller, Milston & Ferris

location

18 Jamison Street

date

1982

style

Late 20th-Century Late Modern

construction

frankly expressed structural system- floors hung from intermediary trusses. Load carried down huge external columns on facade.

type

Office Building
 
 
 
Suncorp Place (formerly AAPT Centre) is a Sydney skyscraper located at Grosvernor and Lang Streets Sydney NSW Australia. It designed for QANTAS by Joseland & Gilling architects and was completed in 1982. (See List of Australian architects.) The Centre is used for commercial offices and is 182m tall, and 42 levels high, to the roof, although the rooftop structure brings the total height to 193m. The majority of floor space is occupied by Suncorp; the remainder by a mix of mainly financial businesses.
 
Suncorp joins the Sydney CBD skyline

As part of a branding push into the Sydney market, Suncorp has joined the global and national “brands in the sky” in the Sydney CBD by taking over the sky signage and naming rights of the 18 Jamison Street office tower.

From early 2007, Suncorp will occupy over two thirds (18,000sqm) of 18 Jamison Street, which will be renamed Suncorp Place. The AAPT sky signage has been removed and the illuminated Suncorp signs are currently being installed with the north-facing sign already in place.

The 42-storey building, which is owned by the ASX-listed Commonwealth Property Office Fund, is currently being refurbished to maintain its prominence as one of Sydney’s landmark office towers. The refurbishment will include a 140 place childcare centre, a gymnasium and a brand new food court.

In Sydney, Suncorp is consolidating three workplaces into two purpose-designed sites – Jamison Street and the 2,500 sqm 56 Pitt Street office. Staff from Suncorp’s existing city offices 66 Clarence Street, 52 Clarence Street and 117 Clarence Street will relocate to 18 Jamison Street.

Suncorp CEO John Mulcahy said 18 Jamison Street presented an opportunity to reinforce Suncorp’s corporate presence and Top 25 listed company status within Australia’s premier investment community.

“Suncorp’s naming and signage rights for Suncorp Place will help strengthen the Suncorp brand in the Sydney market place. It heralds a coming of age for Suncorp in Sydney,” Mr Mulcahy said.

“The consolidation of Suncorp’s current CBD premises into two purpose-designed sites is a key activity of our five year “Outside the Square” workplace change program.

“The Workplace Change Program was established to address the adequacy of the buildings we occupy and to determine how we can use design and innovation in our workplaces to realise our vision of becoming the most desirable financial services company in Australia for our employees to work for.

“Suncorp is in growth mode and our new work environments such as Suncorp Place will support collaboration and team work to help maximise Suncorp’s unique operating model combining banking, insurance and wealth management,” he said.

Mr Mulcahy said the impetus for the workplace change program was Suncorp’s decision to relocate 1,800 Brisbane staff from the Plaza, Centre and Queen Street offices to the new $250 million Brisbane Square development.

“Our staff are currently moving into Brisbane Square with the final move scheduled for mid December,” he said.

“Office accommodation is key to not just maintaining and improving workplace culture, but to attracting staff in an increasingly competitive corporate environment,” he said.

29 November 2006

 

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links

http://www.suncorp.com.au/suncorp/news/2006/nov_29.html