88 Walker Street is North Sydney’s tallest tower, reaching an impressive 180m or 50-storeys above street level and is the latest mixed-use tower developed by the Billbergia Group.
Designed by award winning architects fitzpatrick + partners and developed and built by Billbergia’s inhouse team, 88 Walker Street commands views of the city, harbour and the Blue Mountains.
This contemporary, mixed-use address incorporates a 252-suite, 4 Star business hotel, ground level retail, restaurant, executive lounge, bar, end-of-trip amenities and 24-floors of commercial office space above.
“The building is slender in form and cantilevers almost half its floorplate above the adjacent heritage listed Firehouse hotel,” said Development Director Planning and Design, Saul Moran. “It required a superstructure through the lower half of the building.”
The site’s small footprint also contained a heritage stormwater culvert under the site, with a large underground substation chamber also accommodated in the very constrained space.
“The superstructure had to land on three large footings, while re-diverting a new culvert between the superstructure,” said Senior Site Manager, Conor McBrien.
“The site has very little frontage, which we needed to reserve for active entry/cafe and loading dock uses. All the services have been cleverly concealed to enhance the aesthetics of the street,” said Saul.
Dropping the hotel core and transferring the fire stairs to the north edge midway through the tower was a challenge that needed particular attention. The core design maximises efficiency of the hotel and creates an open plan commercial office plate.
Billbergia Group is a family-owned Australian property group with more than 35 years of experience developing transformative communities across residential, commercial, retail and hospitality.
They are passionate about design and innovation, creating sustainable and vibrant communities that are connected, resilient, healthy and inspiring – making them both good investments and great places to live, work, shop and enjoy.
Billbergia’s experienced inhouse team work closely across the entire development process from site acquisition, planning, design, construction, sales and marketing and community management ensuring our commitment to building great places is realised. Billbergia is renowned for meticulous attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and creative design. “We take pride in our work and our customer is at the centre of everything we do,” said Saul.
Wentworth Point Town Centre was awarded the Property Council 2022 National Award for Excellence in Masterplanned development, and 2022 National Development of the Year, Rhodes Central won the 2022 National Mixed-use Development of the Year and Brisbane Skytower won Queensland Master Builders 2020 Project of the year.
Above all else, Billbergia is dedicated to developing quality living environments through the creation of well-planned, accessible communities that promote a healthy lifestyle, sustainable living and vibrant areas for stimulating social interaction.
Billbergia’s business is not simply the development of commercial buildings, apartments and shopping centres. Every time Billbergia approaches a development the objective is to ‘Create a Community’ – a whole nurturing environment that promotes healthy social interaction. This is achieved by carefully selecting sites that are well connected by multiple modes of public transport and are positioned conveniently for a range of social amenities, including shops and schools.
Billbergia is committed to striving for excellence by ensuring that projects under its control exceed expectations in terms of quality, style, design, time and value.