Midtown Centre to replace Brisbane's ageing government towersAn artist's impression of the Midtown Centre in the Brisbane CBD from the Charlotte Street perspective. Photo: Supplied

Midtown Centre to replace Brisbane's ageing government towers

Sydney-based financial house Ashe Morgan and DMANN Corporation are planning a revolutionary redevelopment of two old government buildings in Brisbane’s CBD into one massive office tower called the Midtown Centre.

The project will see Health and Forestry House, which listed group Cromwell just sold to Ashe Morgan for $65 million, converted from two 17-storey buildings of 26,650 square metres into one 42,000 square metre, 26-storey development.

Architect Fender Katsalidis has designed the new tower with a 990sq m Sky Garden on Level 20 along with a full restoration of Charlotte Street heritage facade and improved streetscape, including a publicly accessible and retail activated laneway connecting Charlotte and Mary Streets.

Overall the building will target a 5-Star Green Star office rating and the new floor plates will come in at between 1750sq m and 1950sq m. At the podium level, there will be 2400sq m to 2500sq m campus-style floor plates.

Project director Michael Bruderlin said the office tower would “deliver unprecedented public connection to world-class commercial architecture in Brisbane”.

Fender Katsalidis’ managing director Karl Fender said the building would reflect the “evolution of commercial architecture”.

“The building’s ability to engage with its environment through access to outdoor spaces, fresh air, natural daylight and living greenery are all central to the “buildings that breathe” philosophy that we are seeing being adopted in the world’s premium cities,” Mr Fender said.

Subject to approval by the Brisbane City Council, Midtown Centre is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

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