Fender Katsalidis was engaged to design the Midtown Precinct, a transformation of two existing 20-storey office buildings in central Brisbane into a single commercial tower.
The proposed 26-storey Midtown Centre will join and enlarge the existing towers of the Health and Forestry House Building on a 3,670-square metre site that fronts both Charlotte and Mary Streets.
The project proposes the connection of the two two separate but conjoined sites, to create an internal, publicly accessible through-site link between Mary and Charlotte Streets, realising Brisbane City Council’s master plan vision for laneway and linkages of city blocks.
The proposal also revitalises a heritage listed facade with the streetscape designs will be of high quality and highly permeable, with cafe/ etail outlets further activating the public realm.
The new building will comprise a six storey podium, above which will sit a highrise section, comprising the existing Health and Forestry House towers, connected by a living, breathing, porous infill. The tower will provide continuous floor plates of approx. 1800sqm from Level 6 up to Level 20. Another six levels of commercial space will complete the building.
The transition between the existing structures and the six-storey vertical extension will be marked by a double height sky garden based around a glazed atrium.
Midtown Centre redevelopment has been designed to facilitate the achievement of ecological sustainability and will become an exemplar project of how to repurpose an existing disused office complex into a contemporary workplace.
Ian Mann was a member of the project delivery team and was the leader during the Concept Design completion and Planning Application phases whilst working for Fender Katsalidis Australia.