480 Queen Street, Brisbane, Australia

Engineering consultancy for 6 Star Green Star development

Aurecon provided structural and civil engineering services for 480 Queen Street – a 34-storey Premium Grade office building located in Brisbane Central Business District’s golden triangle.

Jointly owned by DEXUS Property Group and DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund, the property was developed by Grocon and has one of the highest quality tenant profiles in Australia, including BHP Billiton, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Herbert Smith Freehills. 

In 2012, Aurecon was engaged to provide structural and civil engineering consulting services for the building, which comprises approximately 73 000 m² of gross floor area and 56 253 m² of net lettable area.

The property boasts views to the river, Story Bridge and St John’s Cathedral and offers exceptional amenities including a vibrant food and beverage precinct in the lower levels, a nature based in-building parkland and a spectacular rooftop entertaining area. With people at the heart of its design principles, the property is marketed as Brisbane’s ultimate business environment. 

Sustainability, energy conservation and environmental considerations were all top priorities for the architects and engineers, with the project achieving a 6 Star Green Star Rating Office Design V3 and targeting a 6 Star Green Star As Built Rating and 5 star NABERS ratings upon completion.

One of the challenges that Aurecon experienced on the project was dealing with certain aspects of the structure that were considered to be unusual in the Brisbane market. It utilised a parallel beam steel floor system that is a first for a building of this size in Brisbane. Existing high rise buildings are present on two boundaries with busy CBD streets on the other two boundaries.

The site required deep excavation, up to 16 metres in depth. The team used a combination of bored piers and shotcrete walls, supported by both passive and active anchors.

Working closely with Grocon, a ‘jump start’ approach was used to minimise on-site activities and facilitate the simultaneous construction of various floors, which helped to accelerate the project’s construction time. The use of steel was a deliberate construction material of choice which assisted the construction timetable, as well as improved safety on the project.

480 Queen Street is the first property in Queensland to register for WELL certification. WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness and is set to transform the way employers prioritise workplace wellbeing in the same way that the Green Star transformed sustainable buildings in the built environment

Some of the wellness features at 480 Queen Street include a tree grove rooftop area, a 1 400 m² nature-based in-building parkland, a precinct for eating as well as many formal and informal work areas. The building offers the largest privately owned end-of-trip facility in the Brisbane CBD, with approximately 600 bike spaces, lockers and shower facilities.

480 Queen Street is raising the benchmark for the next generation of the office-work environment in Australia. The science-based approach of promoting wellness within a building is an innovative part of 480 Queen Street, Brisbane. This project is a testament to how a building can be used to promote flexibility, physical and mental health as well as positive lifestyle choices within a company.

480 Queen Street shows how a property can contribute to a culture of wellbeing. Aurecon is proud to be associated with a unique and inspiring building that draws people together to work, collaborate, create and connect in an activity-based workplace that delivers market-leading efficiency, environmental performance and support for human health. 


The project has won the following awards for Aurecon:

  • Winner: Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards – Queensland Division 2016 – Excellence Award (Building and Structures)
  • Winner: Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence – Queensland 2016 – Retail, Commercial, Public Use Award for Excellence
  • Winner: Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence – Queensland 2016 – President’s Award for Excellence

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