‘Stockmarket’ is an integral part of the Macquarie Square development – a mixed-use precinct with a variety of uses responding to both local and workplace needs. The underlying objective of the precinct is to connect people with place. Central to the precinct is a new 1-hectare public park designed for a variety of uses, both formal and informal, weekday, and weekend. Together with Waterloo Road green corridor, access to the park is supported with a series of pedestrian links, cycleways, shared ways and local streets.
Holding a prominent corner position within the precinct ‘Stockmarket’ is a workplace environment with street-level retail, showroom, and 9 workplace levels. Supporting the public domain led approach, food and beverage retail provide the street-level connection to the park with a wider footpath frontage and outdoor dining.
Services and vehicle access have been consolidated and located away from retail and pedestrian interfaces.Tactile materials including detailed brickwork, off-form concrete, stone paving, timber, and steel shopfronts have been selected for their natural qualities and to enhance the ground plane experience.
Internally, a wide-spanning structure and shallow floor plates ensures flexibility in workspace layouts and maximum daylight penetration. Combined with a central core, the floorplates allow contiguous single tenancies that can be extended over multiple levels through interconnecting stairs and voids between floors. Alternatively, derived from the building form, multiple tenancies can be provided per floor, each with their own identity and frontage.
The proposed building creates a holistic urban solution that is robust in both design and environmental initiatives. As the second stage of the Macquarie Square development, ‘Stockmarket’ characterises the objectives of the Masterplan providing a development appropriate to place and function.