One Central Park, Park Lane and The Mark

Residential / Aged Care / Hotels

A celebrated Sydney icon, years in the making

One Central Park, Park Lane and The Mark

#Overview

The internationally acclaimed Central Park precinct is a $2 billion master planned urban village in downtown Sydney. Over the last decade, the former brewery site has transformed into a breathtaking destination of residential, retail and commercial spaces. We were honoured to deliver five visionary buildings including One Central Park – two prestigious towers wrapped in vertical gardens.


#Details

Chippendale, New South Wales

Frasers Property Australia & Sekisui House Australia

$597 million

Complete

2010 - 2014

Ateliers Jean Nouvel; PTW Architects

5-star Green Star (Design and As-built)

850

Direct construction jobs

50%

Green walls, designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc

64,000 sqm

Total landscaped areas

1,400

Total residential apartments

60+

International and national awards and nominations since 2010

4M+ hrs

Total construction time

#Delivery

Redefining urban living

A green edge

One Central Park is designed to provide a high-tech urban lifestyle in harmony with nature. The residential towers are built around Chippendale Green comprising more than 6,400 square metres of new parks and public spaces. Vertical gardens by artist and botanist Patrick Blanc wrap the east and north facades of both towers with 38,000 Indigenous and exotic plants, and 250 species of Australian flowers and plants which change with the seasons. 

Detailed planning was undertaken to consider all aspects of the planting process. We calculated how many plants could be completed per day and applied swing stage set ups to manage the installation. We installed the sky gardens through a custom scaffolding system that safely addressed height and wind factors, comprising cantilevered, hanging and a swinging stage and hoisted platform. Some species of plants were sensitive to construction dust and low light, so we arranged just-in-time delivery no more than 48 hours before scheduled installation. 

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Setting a benchmark – the Heliostat 

One Central Park’s 100-tonne heliostat is a masterful combination of architecture, construction, sustainability and public art. There are sun-tracking heliostat mirrors mounted on a 33-metre cantilever directing sunlight down into the podium creating abundant natural light. At night, the mirrors display a series of 2,880 programmable and coloured LED lights known as Sea Mirror, an artistic installation by French lighting designer, Yann Kersale. 

The heliostat represented a never-before-attempted construction challenge. We worked closely with the industrial designer and our client team to safely and meticulously design the installation process. After three years of planning, we lifted the heliostat into place using the largest capacity tower crane available in the world at the time, usually only seen in the mining sector.

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Iconic construction

Delivering a ground-breaking project, with multiple high-rises in a CBD location, presented a number of logistical challenges. We developed staged planning for site-wide roads and infrastructure to maintain existing access roads for trucks and materials. Key sub-contractors participated closely in our design and procurement processes, which supported the interface needed for the subsequent precinct stage under development. To ensure the high-specification vision was fully realised, we focused on key trades in areas like form working, services and joinery. We piloted new safety systems to manage personnel activity on site and conducted rigorous sampling and prototyping of multiple materials of the buildings.

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Installing the heliostat and sky garden including interview with Ric Wang, Watpac

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“When people see this artwork, it will look like a natural cliff, as though you have cut a giant slice out of the Blue Mountains and put it in the middle of the city.”

Patrick Blanc, Botanist

#Awards

50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2019

Best High-Density Development

Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)

2015

Australian Construction Achievement Award

Shortlisted

2015

Best Tall Building Worldwide

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2014

Professional Excellence in Building Award Residential Construction over $100M

Australian Institute of Building (NSW)

2014

World's Top 5 Skyscrapers

Emporis

2013


#Gallery

Ryde Garden

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Ryde Garden

Burj Khalifa

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Burj Khalifa


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