Nishi Building, New Acton

Project Management
$50 000 000+
Nishi Building, New Acton
 Client  Arup / Molonglo Group   
 Sector  Residential and Office
 Size  21,700m² commercial office 
 235 unit residential building
 68 room hotel
 Value  $160 million 
 Timeframe     2010 - 2013
 Role  Superintendent's Representative     

Nishi, the residential and commercial development at New Acton, Canberra, displays
advanced environmentally sustainable design. The mixed-use site contains:
· Commercial building of 21,700m²;
· Multi-unit residential building of 235 apartments;
· Hotel – a 68 room boutique hotel (Hotel Hotel) located on the lower three levels of the Nishi residential building;
· Palace Electric Cinema – an eight theatre cinema complex incorporating state of the art technology and a sophisticated bar and lounge facility;
· External works and public artwork – various landscaping works were undertaken during the construction phase; and
· A key deliverable was to achieve Molonglo Group's Public Artwork expectation and this also formed a central part of the project.

The building and fitout achieved a 6 Green Star design rating and 6 Green Star as-built rating. The residential apartments were the most sustainable in Australia, achieving an average NatHERS rating of 8 stars, compared with the minimum new build requirement of 4 stars. In 2015, Nishi won the International Project of the Year at the Building Awards in London.

The project was delivered under a project specific design and construct form of contract. The client's original design team was novated to the builder, PBS Building, to do the design development and documentation phases of the design work.


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