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Melbourne Water Headquarters

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Project Description

Location: Digital Harbour precinct, 990 Latrobe Street, Docklands
Architect: Woods Bagot
Value: $85 million
Award: Finalist, 2014 Banksia Awards ‘Innovation in Social Infrastructure > $100 Million’ category

Melbourne Water’s new 12,700m2, seven-level office building located on the Digital Harbour precinct at 990 La Trobe Street, Docklands features a series of open, interconnecting atrium spaces linking the six upper levels of the building. As well as being architecturally appealing, the atrium spaces encourage interaction between office users and improve the daylight penetration across the floor plates. The orientation of the atrium spaces and arrangement of the windows also provide uninterrupted views of the Melbourne city skyline.

The $80 million A-grade commercial office building, which has achieved a certified Six Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating, integrates numerous sustainable design features that work in synergy to significantly reduce the overall environmental impact.

Innovative features include:

  • Tri-generation, where gas is used to produce heat, cooling and electricity to reduce site carbon emissions,
  • Under-floor air distribution with improved quantities of fresh air
  • Vacuum toilet system which dramatically reduces the amount of water required to less than 1 litre per flush,
  • Daylighting control to minimise wasted energy in electric lighting.
  • Rain water collection for re-use throughout the building including the showers, toilets and cooling systems.
  • Porous pavers used to harvest storm water

Umow Lai’s role on the project includes site selection and the provision of building services and sustainability design services for the base building and tenancy fit out.