Construction kicks off on Sydney’s $1.2b Victoria Cross Tower

Sydney Victoria Cross Station

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The Victoria Cross building rising above North Sydney’s new metro station set to begin construction will become a vibrant commercial, retail and sustainable precinct for NSW.

The 42-storey office tower represents the latest global thinking in place creation and workplace experience, offering a modern and sustainable space that promotes collaboration, flexibility, and innovation. 

As part of the Sydney Metro integrated station development, Victoria Cross Tower is positioned to be one of North Sydney’s most well-connected and sustainable workplaces. It will be net zero carbon, powered by 100 per cent renewables and is targeting a Platinum WELL and 6-Star Green Star rating.

“Victoria Cross Tower will stand at the centre of this transformation in what will be a thriving new round-the-clock precinct, breathing new life into North Sydney. The office design represents the latest thinking in the workplace and placemaking. It will offer exceptional sustainability credentials, modern workspaces that facilitate flexible and collaborative working, and iconic Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge and CBD views from upper levels,” says Managing Director of Development at Lendlease, Tom Mackellar.

Designed by Bates Smart, the premium-grade building will meet the changing needs of the workplace, with an expansive lobby and multipurpose hub space to facilitate community connection and outdoor balconies and green spaces to promote health and well-being. 

On the ground level, the lobby will flow into a retail-activated laneway with more than 20 new retail and hospitality brands planned, establishing itself as thriving dining and bar precinct for workers, locals and visitors to enjoy from day to day night. From ‘grab and go’ providers to bustling bars, cafés and restaurants, the specially curated retail mix will be bolstered by exceptional connectivity through the Sydney Metro network. 

Victoria Cross Station will transform North Sydney’s CBD into one of the most accessible business districts in the city, cutting transit times to places like Barangaroo and Martin Place to mere minutes.

“We know that North Sydney’s CBD is on a path of complete transformation, and connectivity will be critical with the introduction of Sydney Metro’s new Victoria Cross Station,” says Managing Director of Development at Lendlease, Tom Mackellar.

Victoria Cross Tower is 25 per cent owned by Lendlease’s flagship Australian office fund, APPF Commercial. The fund will continue its market-leading sustainability focus, with the tower being the first building in its portfolio to be fully electric.

Constructing the $1.2 billion precinct will see the building rise approximately one floor each week. The project will support around 5,000 jobs in fields such as engineering, construction and design, with 90 per cent of the workforce local to the Sydney area.

Victoria Cross Tower will accommodate up to 7,000 workers across approximately 58,000 square metres of high-tech, premium space for office and retail use, supercharging North Sydney’s economic potential as an extension of the Sydney CBD into the future.

Victoria Cross Tower is due to be completed in 2024, with Sydney Metro City & Southwest services set to start in the same year.

Source: © Lendlease Corporation

Image source: © Sydney Metro 2022

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