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1 Bligh recognised with CTBUH 10 Year Award for excellence

Ten years on from completion, 1 Bligh Street has been recognised with a further global accolade for design and development excellence as a 2021 10 Year Award of Excellence winner from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Chicago.

A decade ago, 1 Bligh Street was awarded the Most Outstanding New Tall Building in Asia and Australasia by CTBUH. 1 Bligh Street is a flagship development that has truly stood the test of time, combining ground-breaking design, sustainability and technology innovation in one of the world’s most enviable locations.

Co-owned by Dexus, Dexus Wholesale Property Fund and Cbus Property, the development vision was to create a premium office tower that would enhance the heart of Sydney CBD’s financial district and deliver the sustainable workspace of the future with a fully integrated public domain.

Commenting on the win, Darren Steinberg, CEO of Dexus, said, “1 Bligh continues to be recognised as the world’s most innovative high-rise office building. Testament to the enduring success of 1 Bligh is anchor tenant Clayton Utz’s decision to renew its lease for a further 10 years from 2021. This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved in the creation and ongoing management of this iconic property.”

Adrian Pozzo, CEO of Cbus Property, said, “As co-owners, we are delighted that our shared vision to deliver the next generation of sustainable high-rise office buildings with 1 Bligh continues to be recognised. The building has gone from strength to strength, achieving multiple awards for sustainability and innovation which not only benefits our tenants, and the environment, it also continues to deliver enhanced returns for our investors and reflects our commitment to investing in the property and construction industry that employs our members.”

Architecturally designed in collaboration with Architectus in Sydney and Ingenhoven Architects in Germany, Ray Brown Principal and CEO of Architectus said, “1 Bligh Street helped to advance the ambition of office towers beyond pragmatism and prestige, with an overt environmental strategy and a social agenda built around transparency, connectivity and community. As a result, the bar has been raised and office buildings are now held to a higher standard.”

Christoph Ingenhoven – Director, Ingenhoven Architects, commented, “When we designed 1 Bligh we were aiming for a sustainable addition to the city, a “friendly neighbour” in the realm, which positively impacts the environment through its ecologically sustainable design. Rather than just creating an architectural landmark on the skyline, our aim was to create a truly public space by dedicating the ground floor to the public and designing a building-high atrium, which people can experience as they travel up and down the lifts and gives tenants on all floors a sense of community. In doing so, we exceeded the criteria for the building’s 6 Star Green Star rating by adding another layer of social sustainability besides pioneering the double-skin façade, naturally ventilated offices, and black water recycling system – all firsts for an office high-rise in Australia. The greatest reward for all the efforts of the team is to see that the space has become an integral, lively icon in the Sydney CBD landscape.”

1 Bligh Street Sydney

Photo by Han-Georg Esch