Hewlett-Packard Plans HQ for $1bn Rhodes Precinct


Hewlett-Packard and developer Billbergia have lodged plans for a nine-storey $80 million commercial and retail building and headquarters.

It’s part of the $1 billion masterplanned Rhodes Precinct on the 3.5-hectare site in Sydney’s inner-west, being developed by the tech giant in a joint venture partnership with residential developer Billbergia.

Architects Fitzpatrick and Partners designed the $80 million commercial building with aspirations for a carbon-neutral building with A-grade sustainability credentials.

The building, Gaia, at 410 Concord Rd has been designed to create a human-centric workplace with a heavy focus on fresh air and passive cooling using a “self-shading skin” facade.

“The development will offer fresh air to office users in many forms from garden and balcony spaces directly from the office plate to a lush ground plane throughout [with] connection to the outdoors at every level,” Fitzpatrick and Partners said.

“Buildings need to have a clear focus on healthier more sustainable placemaking and communities…the development is focused on the delivery of a human centric workplace which will be as efficient as possible in its use of raw materials and energy, it will be 100 per cent electric in power source allowing carbon neutrality in power supply.”

▲ (mid) Gaia at Brays Bay features a self-shading skin facade to help its passive cooling and carbon neutrality. Image: Fitzpatrick + Partners
▲ Gaia at Brays Bay features a self-shading skin facade to help its passive cooling and carbon neutrality. Image: Fitzpatrick + Partners

The building’s “self-shading skin” facade optimises views over Brays Bay while also minimising the energy passing through the outer skin.

The site is being reconfigured to demolish an existing multi-storey car park and build the 9-storey and four-level basement car park, in addition to retaining other buildings on the site.

It is the first stage of the redevelopment of the masterplanned Rhodes Precinct.

The vision for the precinct, announced in 2018, was to build a commercial place integrated with different housing options, community facilities and a public realm to create a “world-class, mixed-use precinct and community asset”.

The draft Rhodes Place Strategy went to public exhibition last year and received about 3000 submissions relating to the broader plan for the area.

The area was earmarked by the City of Canada Bay Council as an urban renewal precinct.

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