Watpac breaks ground on Poly Global’s commercial project in Sydney

WCN Editorial Team 30 Apr 2020 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction firm Watpac has broken ground on Poly Global’s Australian commercial project, known as Poly Centre Sydney.

Located on 210 George Street in Sydney CBD, the Poly Centre building will include 19,700m² across 27 floors and will be a boutique of office work space. The value of the project is AUD110m ($72m).

Expected to be completed in the later part of 2021, Poly Centre will form part of the Sydney’s Circular Quay precinct, taking shape alongside brand new ferry wharves, light rail and a raft of commercial redevelopment. 

Watpac NSW State Manager John Koerner said: “Together, Poly Global and Watpac have worked through an Early Contractor Involvement phase including the Value Engineering Design Management and early works construction journey.

“Our team must be commended for the diligent and collaborative approach in working with Transport for NSW and City of Sydney to enable approvals for construction works in and around the Sydney light rail. The teams focus throughout this complex approval process has provided a benchmark for future development in the CBD.

“As we complete all substructure works and prepare to come out of the ground, we continue to implement COVID-19 safety measures, including, social distancing, hygiene and cleaning processes on site.”

The office tower was designed by Grimshaw Architects and is being targeted to be a PCA A Grade, 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.

Poly Global project management acting head Steven Anastasopoulos said: “Poly Centre Sydney acts as Poly’s first international foray in the commercial development space with industry leaders Grimshaw and Watpac. Following an intricate project journey to break ground onsite was a triumphant moment for all involved.

“In the midst of the current climate it was great to acknowledge the success of three significant collaborators to achieving this result. Social distancing measures were complied with at all times throughout the ground-breaking event allowing everyone to unitedly celebrate the well-deserved milestone.”

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Steven Anastasopoulos (left) and John Koerner (right) at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Credit: Watpac Limited.)

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