BHP Billiton Global Headquarters

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided several services for the new BHP Billiton global headquarters at 171 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia.



  • Size: 15,000 square meters (160,000 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: AUD$5.1 million (USD$3.5 million)
  • Client/Owner: BHP Billiton (Now BHP)
  • Architect: Geyer
  • Contractor: Schiavello
  • Completion Date: 2013

The BHP Billiton tenancy occupies approximately 161,500 square feet of office space and comprises of activity-based work areas, offices, meeting and conference spaces, breakout areas and business lounges. The building has been designed to achieve a 5 star NABERS Energy, Gold LEED rating, and 6 Star Green Star rating. The area is made up of office tower levels 12 to 18 inclusive, a ground floor business center, and a basement.

The fitout services performance parameters are monitored with the Building Management System (BMS). Together with the incorporation of alarmed limit points and the BMS system, the programming provides valuable feedback to allow comparative analysis between operation and design objectives. One key parameter is energy usage monitoring for the fitout services system.

Efficient and engineered services systems, along with components associated with the fitout, were adopted to supplement the base building systems.

This project presented an opportunity to consider sustainable engineering/architectural solutions such as:

  • Energy efficient and intelligent lighting and lighting control systems
  • Energy efficient supplementary air conditioning equipment fitted with timer control
  • Low emission paints, sealants, and carpets
  • Eco-friendly furniture
  • Work environment layouts that maximize the benefits of natural lighting and external views
  • Internal plants/green walls

The lighting control system ensures energy efficiency and user-friendly controls in instances where user interface is required. Use of motion sensors in open office spaces and breakout areas, coupled with natural light sensors, make full benefit of daylight contribution. The lighting control is integrated with audio-visual systems to provide easily controlled pre-set settings that suit specific audio-visual modes. This includes video conferencing without staff needing to make manual adjustments.

Images courtesy of BHP