Newcastle Communications Hub 649-653 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW

role Architecture, Masterplanning value Not disclosed area 10,500m² completed date December 2010 client Investa Property Group

Investa Property Group Commissioned peckvonhartel to develop a masterplan and concept design for the Newcastle Communications Hub; a new commercial office building at a prominent location near the Central Business District of Newcastle. The site is contained within an area that is identified for development to increase pedestrian connectivity, amenity and experience.  The client required a solution that maximised the development potential of the site.

The tower design is an efficient solution that features a central core, atrium space and ensures flexibility in tenancy layouts.  The floor plate design has also been considered in achieving highest standards of environmentally sustainable design.  Each facade responds directly to its individual climatic conditions, ensuring daylight penetration is optimised and solar heat gain is minimised.  A perforated screen is provided to the east and west facades to achieve an efficient sustainable design solution as well as allowing the potential for projection or visual communication in keeping with the buildings use as a Communication Hub.