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Old July 25th, 2007, 01:58 PM   #1
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PERTH | BHP Billiton Tower - City Square | 244m | 46 fl | Com

No height stats yet folks so stay tuned except to say this will be Perth's new tallest to spire, outreaching the current tallest, Central Park, which stands at 249m.



BHP BILLITON SELECTS MULTIPLEX’S SITE FOR PERTH OFFICE

Multiplex Media Release

Multiplex Group has been advised by BHP Billiton that it has selected 125 St Georges Terrace as the preferred site to locate all of its operating divisions in Western Australia.

It is anticipated that, subject to documentation, this will lead to a commitment of some 40,000 square metres within the proposed development.

It is intended that Petroleum, Iron Ore, Stainless Steel Materials, Nickel West, Exploration and other corporate functions will co-locate in a single building to be developed and constructed by Multiplex at 125 St Georges Terrace.

Multiplex and Griffin, who jointly own the site, have agreed terms to develop their respective portions of the site. Multiplex has proposed a tower of some 65,000 square metres which would be anchored by BHP Billiton’s commitment and this will be submitted for Development Approval imminently.

Subject to Development Approval and documentation, it is expected that construction will commence in early 2008 with occupation expected before the end of 2011.


BHP TO FILL NEW SKYSCRAPER ON INFAMOUS TERRACE BLACK HOLE

Mark Drummond, The West Australian

It has been the most controversial black hole in Perth’s city centre for almost two decades but it is finally about to be filled.

Having been ambitiously earmarked for a string of development proposals over the years ranging from a casino, convention centre, a five-star Hilton hotel and even a 10-screen cinema complex, the vacant Westralia Square site off St Georges Terrace is about to give rise to one of Perth’s biggest office towers.

The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, yesterday selected the site as its new WA home.

The decision means the property, which the late Kerry Packer wrote off as one of his worst investment decisions, will next year be developed into a 64,000sqm office tower, potentially worth about $500 million.

Only the Central Park tower (66,000sqm) will have more lettable space than BHP’s new head office, the construction of which will also pave the way for the dilapidated heritage buildings at 125 St Georges Terrace, including the original Newspaper House, to finally be restored.

Though neither BHP nor Multiplex would comment, The West Australian understands the mining giant will commit to fill about two-thirds of the tower by moving its staff from several other Perth buildings.

It is understood Premier Alan Carpenter was told of the deal yesterday before an announcement today.

BHP’s decision comes three years after oil and gas giant Woodside anchored a new $250 million office tower farther west along St Georges Terrace. It also enhances the State’s reputation as an international resources hub.

It also comes about nine months after BankWest underwrote another new office tower in redeveloped Raine Square shopping centre after agreeing to lease 42,500sqm of office space.

The design for the new tower is being kept confidential but is understood to be nothing like the plans unveiled by the property’s joint owners, Multiplex and Ric Stowe’s Griffin Group, about two years ago. Those plans were likened to a “boring glass box” by Perth City Council.

The vacant Westralia Square site has long been considered such a blight on the CBD landscape that it was voted the city’s ugliest feature in a 2005 survey of the State’s leading planning, design and infrastructure experts.

While the start of construction next year on the BHP tower will bring new life to the weeded urban wasteland, it will also end one of the most controversial chapters in Perth’s corporate history which has its genesis in the infamous WA Inc days of the 1980s.

Colourful Perth entrepreneur Warren Anderson and his then partner Mr Packer bought what was then known as the Perth Technical College site in 1988 for about $270 million from two State Government instrumentalities, the SGIC and the Government Employees Superannuation Board.

While one office building was ultimately built on the site, their broader development plans for the site collapsed amid a series of complex transactions with the State government which were later scrutinised in detail by the WA Inc royal commission.

When the project soured, it prompted Mr Packer to famously declare: “All West Australians are crooks.”

Mr Packer’s patience ran out in 2003 when, frustrated at not getting a development to stack up on the Perth CBD site in 15 years of trying, he sold his Westralia Square investment for a knock-down price of $19 million, crystallising a book loss some estimate at more than $200 million.

Like Mr Packer and Mr Anderson before them, the new owners fell out. Multiplex and Griffin have agreed to carve up the Westralia Square property, with Griffin taking a smaller area fronting Mounts Bay Road and Multiplex keeping the area fronting St Georges Terrace, where the BHP tower will be built.

Ironically, that split is being finalised just as the BHP deal has been secured.

The Westralia Square deal continues to have its sequel in the courts, with Mr Anderson appealing against the loss last year of his long-running $50 million claim against the WA Government.

Mr Anderson claims he was induced to invest the money by the Dowding government to help prop up merchant bank Rothwells as part of the Westralia Square deal.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:15 PM   #2
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Wow. That looks nice.

Sure, we don't know the exact height, but we know the minimum so I can edit the thread title.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:19 PM   #3
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Excellent! Cheers Foxy!
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:22 PM   #4
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Here's a quick knock-up done by Scraperfan. It's nothing to use as a difinitive source, but he did a bloody brilliant job considering he has absolutely no training in the field of photoshop.



(The picture also contrains the three Capital Square towers at the very left of the page, construction of which will start soon, you can also see the southern line construction site towards the bottom of the photo))
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Old July 25th, 2007, 08:01 PM   #5
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Wow. That looks nice.

Sure, we don't know the exact height, but we know the minimum so I can edit the thread title.
Not sure who the architect is, but whose work do you think it looks very much like?
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Old July 25th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #6
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Hmm... Richard Rogers.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #7
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Hmm... Richard Rogers.
So as soon as I saw it, yeah! I saw your name in an imaginary bubble over my head. lol

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Old July 25th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #8
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It looks too massive IMO.
Let's wait for more renders.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 11:12 PM   #9
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It looks too massive IMO.
That's also my opinion. Other than that its a nice design.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #10
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Looks great! It will really look good in the skyline, congrats Perth!
And I like the massiveness of it
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Very nice..I'm impressed.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 12:49 PM   #12
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WOW! Finally another big one for Perth
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Old July 26th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #13
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Great tower. I like the visible sturcture!
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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:19 PM   #14
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im suprised cameron chisholm nicol (spelling i assume is wrong) have not designed more high rise in Perth, the Bankwest tower was the first iconic building in the city.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:26 PM   #15
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Looking good, looks about just as big (slimmer, but taller) then the HQ in Melbourne, looks like i need to visit perth sometime in the future :p
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Old July 26th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #16
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The architects BTW are Hassell and Fitzpatrick.

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A good looking complex.
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Old August 4th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #18
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A little something knocked-up by Archibomber on the Oz forum:

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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:33 PM   #19
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we have actual heights from the developers

247m is what us perth forumers have it as, with 282m to the top of the antenna

our thread is here.
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Great. I've updated the thread title.
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