One of Australia’s prominent real estate groups, Dexus, led the development of a new office tower, The Annex, at 12 Creek Street in Brisbane. Dexus manages a superb Australian property portfolio valued at $31.8 billion, investing only in Australia and directly owning $15.6 billion of office and industrial properties. The Annex is a 12-floor commercial building that is home to offices spaces, retail tenancies and an exclusive landscaped terrace overlooking the Brisbane River. It has been designed to meet PCA Grade-A, 4.5 Star NABERS Energy, 4 Star NABERS water and 4 Star Green Star building standards.

NDY provided core engineering services solutions, with handover to a Design & Construction (D&C) contractor. Aside from being the original 12 Creek Street base building engineers, NDY’s relevant project experience, reasonable fee and extensive experience in working with the key stakeholders were key points towards winning the job. NDY’s expertise ensured the project met building standard requirements, with our team also providing value-added services such as value engineering and a design review of the D&C tenders. This ensured design intent remained intact whilst ensuring the best cost outcomes for the building owner.

A unique project feature is the building’s facade, which was designed to align with Brisbane City Council’s masterplan: Buildings That Breathe Design Guide. The facade of the first six levels is aligned with a fig tree canopy which enables outdoor occupation. It is a breathable space linking the indoor area to the outdoor environment, which provides tangible wellbeing benefits. The upper three levels culminate with the sky terrace that was designed to mimic a cascading garden. NDY designed the mechanical systems to accommodate both the breathable facade and the sky terrace.

Through a collaborative approach with project partners, NDY was able to increase The Annex’s efficiency with a full suite of core engineering services solutions. The building’s office levels were designed to accommodate both single and multi-lease occupancy, with the ability to subdivide individual floors to a maximum of six suites. This provides flexibility for both the building owner and tenants. The Annex is a quality asset for Dexus’ portfolio in the Brisbane CBD, and NDY is proud to have contributed to the project.