As part of QICGRE’s long-term vision for Eastland to create a vibrant mixed-use town centre for the community of Ringwood, QIC GRE are developing a new 11 level office tower adjacent Eastland and Ringwood Train Station.
Eastco will provide an exceptional commercial space with 360-degree views of the Yarra Valley and surrounds, complementing the fantastic retail, lifestyle and hotel offering already available at Eastland.
With a focus on sustainability, the Eastco development is targeting a 5-star NABERS Energy Base Building Rating and a 4-star NABERS Water Base Building rating.
To deliver an office space that is incredibly energy efficient from a heating and cooling perspective, but also a visually pleasant and comfortable work environment, extensive work and modelling have gone into optimising the design of the façade. This has included the use of horizontal shading fins, to find the balance between minimising solar heat gains and maximising natural daylight amenity. The vast majority of steel and timber used on the project will be ethically sourced through schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council certification scheme and the World Steel Association’s Climate Action Programme. Indoor air quality will be ensured by using low toxicity paints, sealants and adhesives.
The development will have a 50kW photovoltaic panel array on the roof, maximising the available roof space for onsite energy generation. Through its energy supply, it will be able to abate 72 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually that would have been otherwise emitted as a result of using electricity from the grid. The building reduces its potable water demand with highly water efficient taps, toilets, urinals, and showers and additionally, rainwater is captured from the roof and reused for toilet and urinal flushing and irrigation of the green areas on the building’s rooftop.
Working alongside Fender Katsalidis, the 14,000sqm development will include a major government agency customer services centre and café on the ground floor with a business lounge on the mezzanine and four levels of carpark. The PCA grade A offices will have interconnected stairs between levels 5-10 and the roof top terrace with a function space to host 200 people. A traffic management centre, pod casting, television broadcasting and associated critical services will also be hosted within the office levels.
To actively promote health and wellness amongst the buildings occupants as well as helping people make cleaner and greener decisions in the way they choose to commute, first class end of trip facilities including extensive bike parking, spacious showers and locker rooms will be provided on the lower ground floor.