Australia: 1 Bligh a sustainable move for Clayton Utz
Last Updated: 29 July 2011

Sydney, 28 July 2011: Last night leading Asia-Pacific law firm Clayton Utz hosted over 500 dignitaries, clients, staffand other special guests at a celebration to officially mark the relocation of its Sydney office to the landmark 1 Bligh building.[1]

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Governor of New South Wales officially opened Clayton Utz's new Sydney premises, which comprise 15 floors and is home to over 850 Clayton Utz staff.

The state-of-the-art 1 Bligh development represents a triumph of modern architecture and green technology, and has achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating - the highest Green Star rating of any commercial high-rise building in Sydney.

Among 1 Bligh's ground-breaking design and sustainability features are:

  • a double-glass facade and a full-height atrium that increases natural ventilation and sunlight;
  • an innovative tri-generation electricity generation system using grid, gas and solar power;
  • advanced water recycling technology, which will save approximately 100,000 litres of drinking water a day - the equivalent of one Olympic-sized swimming pool of water every two weeks;
  • roof-mounted solar panels to capture solar energy to directly power an absorption chiller to drive the cooling systems, and;
  • one of Australia's largest greenwalls, featuring 11,000 native and exotic plants, with a fully integrated hydroponic watering system that uses recycled water.

Clayton Utz Chief Executive Partner Darryl McDonough said the design of the new office and the environmentally sustainable features of 1 Bligh reflect the firm's commitment to being a leader in social responsibility. "1 Bligh is a modern building for a modern law firm. It provides an excellent working environment for our partners and staff and will help us reduce our overall carbon footprint."

Thanking the firm's clients for their continued support, Mr McDonough said: "It is your support that has helped Clayton Utz become the firm it is today. With your continued support we look forward to a long and sustainable future."

[1] 1 Bligh is owned in partnership by DEXUS, DWPF and Cbus Property

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