Umow Lai is working on their largest project in Queensland: the new $80 million Australian headquarters for the Tatts Group Limited located in the Gasworks precinct in Newstead on the eastern fringe of Brisbane’s CBD.

The national consultancy’s expertise in engineering and environmentally sustainable services will help the Tatts building achieve its aims to operate energy efficiently. It is targeting a 5 Star Green Star As-Built rating, a 5 Star NABERS and Property Council of Australia A-Grade facilities, to provide a high quality office environment for Tatts staff and visitors

“What’s exciting is that this is such a significant project for Queensland, as well as being the largest one our firm has ever undertaken in the state,” notes Andrew Jenkinson, a Umow Lai Director and Manager of their Brisbane office.

“Tatts moving their head office from Melbourne to Brisbane is a real boost for the economy and naturally we are very proud to be associated with an organisation that is the third largest listed company in Queensland.”

Andrew is heading Umow Lai’s Tatts project team and working closely with Cox Rayner Architects and other team members.

Rising 17 floors with a proposed 14 level atrium designed to provide views of all floors of the entire building, the new building will comprise three basement levels, ground floor retail and 14 floors of commercial office space.

Andrew says there is a diverse range of environmental design features that will enhance the quality of the indoor environment. These include an atrium that traverses the full height of the office floors, providing external views, maximising the penetration of daylight into all floors and allowing for dimmable lighting control that will reduce energy consumption.

Typical floor spaces are arranged to provide access to northern and southern aspects, while the building’s eastern spine with its feature atrium will facilitate various transient and break out spaces for people working in the building. A vertical city radiates out to the central atrium and with extensive indoor planting being planned, having the effect of extending and linking the indoors with the park outside.

Several alternate energy sources are being considered. These include solar photovoltaic panels which may be integrated into the facade and roof designed to improve the building’s energy efficiency. An example is a displacement ventilation system in the foyers that will directly control the occupied zones only, thus saving energy by not needlessly having to air condition the large 10m high level zone to the entry foyer. Under floor air conditioning systems to the office levels will improve air quality and comfort and minimise the ongoing fit out costs over the life of the building

As Andrew Jenkinson explains, these services are designed to be highly efficient; their focus is on reducing ongoing consumption, maintenance and operation costs, to the benefit Tatts as the building’s owner and occupier.

The Tatts project is due for completion in late 2017.