The People Who Built 1 William Street


The 1 William Street (1WS) development is almost complete in Brisbane’s central business district. When completed before the end of 2016, this landmark office tower valued at more than $1bn will provide a high profile tenancy for 5,400 Queensland public servants from all 21 agencies including Ministers and Directors-General.

Due to bad weather, a three to four-week postponement of the relocation of ministers and public servants, including the Premier and her Cabinet, will take place, with moves out of current offices into the privately owned building planned in seven stages recently pushed back three weeks later than previously planned, with the first stage of moves beginning late October ending early December.

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Developing what was previously a car park in an under-utilised area of the city, 1 William Street has stimulated a revitalisation of the area with the Department of State Development further developing the area through securing private sector development of a world-class integrated resort development: Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

Developed by Cbus Property and designed by Woods Bagot, the new commercial office tower occupies a highly prominent location in Brisbane, comprising of a 43 level A Grade commercial building with premium services, providing approximately 75,000sqm (NLA), including 1,100sqm of retail and 318 car spaces. 1 William Street includes a high level of environmental credentials, targeting a minimum 5.0 Star Green Star Office Design Rating (V3) and a 5.0 Star NABERS Energy Rating.

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The form of the tower is angled away from the Brisbane CBD so it sits sensitively within the immediate CBD context but also looks outwards to the interior of Queensland sending a strong message of inclusion and an ethic of an open public service. Treasury Commercial Group minimised investment and risk for government by securing 100 per cent private funding for the project.

“Our vision for 1 William Street is that it should be emblematic on the Brisbane city skyline,” says Mark Damant, a director in Woods Bagot’s Brisbane studio.

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Providing a unique destination, the site is ordered into eight ‘platforms’ of public engagement. Each platform has a unique design quality: an urban retail laneway, intimate sub-tropical botanical spaces, a formalised entry space off William Street.

The roof is splayed, creating a striking visual profile, while roof terracing will include landscaping elements. Inside, an exceptional workplace encouraging transparency, accessibility, flexibility, integration and collaboration will be built around a unique central core that allows extraordinary daylight and views in at 360 degrees.

At ground level, the building is lifted so that the building appears to float over a dynamic network of pedestrian and view corridors that will connect the site to its surroundings.

1WS will be a Premium Grade office tower with an iconic lobby and select premium grade finishes and services throughout the building. The building design will target a 5 Star Green Star V3 Office Design and Office As Built and a 5 Star NABERS (Base Building) Energy rating.

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The unique central core allows extraordinary daylight and views in 360 degrees, but with the Sky Garden on one side and the laneway connections through the core it will be an innovative central space which improves circulation flows.
A Few Cbus Faces Behind 1 William Street
As a crane driver at the 1 William St site, "BK" (below) can tell you a thing or two about what Brisbane looks like from the dizzying heights of the upper levels of the soon-to-be home of the Queensland Premier.

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Cbus Coordinator Steve Gaske and 1 William Crane Operator Brendan Kline.

Brendan “BK “ Klein has been working at 1 William St for a couple of months. The commute up from his home on the Gold Coast can be a drag, but the comradery and the views at work make it worth the effort.

“It’s a good gig, working on the biggest job in Brisbane. And it’s a great experience being up so high. You work with a good crew too.”

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1 William labourer AiofaThere wouldn’t be many 1 William St workers who can say they’ve previously workers as a beautician. Labourer, Aoifa (above) however, is one worker who can.

Aoifa (she has her name phonetically written ‘Efa’ on her hard-hat to save her fellow workers the awkward attempts at pronouncing her Gaelic name) was working as a beautician when she decided to travel to Australia from her home country of Ireland.

“I came out here and just wanted to try something different,” Aoifa says. “I got myself my traffic control ticket, then my truck licence, and it went from there. And now she’s landed herself a gig on the 1 William St site.

“I’ve been doing this kind of work for about four years now. It’s great; I really enjoy it. It’s nice to do something a bit different to what I used to do back in Ireland.”

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1 Wiliam Senior Safety Coordinator Shane BeattieGarry Beattie (above) has spent most of his 20+ years in construction focussing on safety and as Senior Safety Coordinator at 1 William St he continues to put safety first.

Garry loves the 1 William St project with its “sheer size – the volume of workers – and the unusual aspects such as the underhung slabs, the architectural feat of the rooftop, structural steel and glazing”.

1 William rigger, Shayne Cole

1 William rigger, Shayne ColeHe’s originally from Sydney, but rigger Shayne Cole (above) now calls 1 William St home during the week – and he loves it.

Shayne who now lives in Robina and commutes into Brisbane each day for work, often has a desire to head back down south to his home town in Sydney’s west, but not when he’s standing on top of the 1 William St site looking out over Brisbane city. Shayne has been a rigger for the best part of nine years.

“1 William St is a great site to work on. The money is good, and that view…. Just wait until you get to the top.”

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1 William Scaffolder, WateneScaffolder Watene (above) is where he wants to be. After a couple of years working up north, he made the decision to find work closer to his family, and 1 William St was the dream workplace.

“I’d heard a lot about the site – it’s where I wanted to be. I’d heard the conditions were good and the union was strong. I’m really enjoying it here,” Watene said.

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1 William carpenter Steven WeichernSteven Weichern  is a 31 year old carpenter who did his apprenticeship straight from school and went into house building first up reckons he’s always working on building up his tool kit.

Steven worked on window brackets and general form work at 1 William St.

“This job has got the whole package – it’s the biggest job I’ve ever worked on. The biggest job I’ve done before this was about 15 levels,” he said.

“The variety of the work is great and the sheer size of it is exciting.”

Source: Cbus Property 

Themes and Colours
The Government's new Executive Building has revealed planned themes and colour schemes for its 41 levels.

The plans show each floor will be dedicated to a Queensland icon or natural phenomena with orange pore fungus – understood to have originated in Madagascar and believed by some environmentalists to be a threat to native species – named as the theme for floors 28 to 30.

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The top levels, 40 and 41 (likely to house Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk), are set to be dedicated to the water dragon while sugar cane will rule the three levels below.

Those levels are likely to be home to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

1 William Street will have a gross floor area of 119,977 m2 (1,291,420 sq ft) and a net lettable area of 74,853 m2 (805,710 sq ft) of office space, excluding retail which will cover 1,169 m2 (12,580 sq ft). The design includes 318 car bays.
1 William Street technology
The Queensland Government has confirmed delivery of a suite of ICT shared services to 5,400 Queensland Government employees from all 21 agencies including Ministers and Directors-General.

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The technology solution has been designed to ensure it is scalable, current and supports ‘anywhere, anytime, any device connectivity’ to help staff collaborate and be productive.
Technology services and benefits
The technology will take advantage of the modern workspace of 1WS to improve information sharing, stakeholder engagement, collaboration and productivity.

The technology:

  • secure wired and wireless networking—enabling staff to move and work seamlessly throughout the building
  • federated identity management—helping staff to connect to their agency network and the  1WS ICT services
    room booking
  • follow-you printing and imaging—allowing people to securely print from any printer using a common access card
  • video conference within the building and outside including overseas
  • team collaboration—staff and guests can share real-time information and work collaboratively.
  • help desk support—responding to calls about 1WS faults from agency staff
  • service level agreement management, reporting and billing.

Known as the ICT Integrator, Dimension Data Australia Pty Ltd will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the 1WS ICT shared services under a 5-year managed service arrangement with the Queensland Government.

Implementation started in August 2015.

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It will be implemented in 4 stages:

  • design
  • proof of service (initial testing)
  • service deployment
  • transition.

Sources:, Queensland Government 

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