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Foster + Partners unveils plans for Sydney’s tallest office tower

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The first images have emerged of Foster + Partners’ competition-winning Circular Quay Tower skyscraper scheme in Sydney

The £890 million project at 180 George Street for developer Lendlease and partners Ping An Real Estate and Mitsubishi Estate Asia will, at 263m, become the Australian city’s tallest office building.

The AJ revealed in March, that the AJ100 top-ranked practice had been selected ahead of a shortlist of big names including David Chipperfield Architects to land the waterfront commission overlooking Circular Quay and Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.

Besides the centrepiece tower, the proposed development features a low-rise community building, a large public plaza fronting onto George Street and a second plaza in Rugby Place.

Mark Menhinnitt, managing director of Urban Regeneration at Lendlease, said he had been impressed by Foster + Partners’ ‘refined scheme, [which] recognised the need for strong integration and activation of the ground plane, while ensuring the tower [was] a spectacular landmark worthy of its iconic location.’

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The tower (outlined in red above) is the latest in a series of high-rise projects earmarked for Sydney’s prominent waterfront commercial district, which is poised for major regeneration.

Last year Kengo Kuma won a competition for a 57-storey residential skyscraper and 28-storey hotel tower next to the Lendlease site. The £600 million quayside project for Chinese developer Wanda is due to start on site in 2018.

Meanwhile 3XN is designing Quay Quarter Tower, a 49-storey office tower nearby, having defeated SANAA and MVRDV in a design contest two years ago. The project, for AMP Capital, is also due to start in 2018.

The Lendlease competition was judged by representatives from the developer and the City of Sydney. 

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