1 Macquarie Place

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Gateway Plaza
Circular Quay.jpg
1 Macquarie Place is located in Australia
1 Macquarie Place
Location within Australia
General information
Location1 Macquarie Place
Sydney, Australia
Coordinates33°51′44″S 151°12′35″E / 33.8621°S 151.2098°E / -33.8621; 151.2098Coordinates: 33°51′44″S 151°12′35″E / 33.8621°S 151.2098°E / -33.8621; 151.2098
Construction started1987
OpeningDecember 1990
Architectural164 metres (538 ft)
Roof157 metres (515 ft)
Technical details
Floor count47 (3 below ground)
Floor area44,000 square metres (470,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators19 (16 passenger, 3 service)
Design and construction
ArchitectPeddle Thorp & Walker
DeveloperKann Finch & Partners

1 Macquarie Place (also known as Gateway Plaza) is an iconic Sydney skyscraper on Macquarie Place in the Sydney central business district .[2][3]

Designed by architect Peddle, Thorp & Walker, the blue glass-clad commercial office building reaches 46 storeys or 164 metres (538 ft) to the top of its spire, and it is very prominent on the Circular Quay waterfront. The tower contains about 470,000 square feet (44,000m²) of office space.[4]


In 1971, a proposal to redevelop an area in Circular Quay, Sydney was announced by a consortium of developers consisting of Hooker Corporation,[5] Mainline Corporation and Dilingham Development Division (part of Silverton Transport and General Industries Ltd).[6] The redevelopment project was dubbed by the consortium as Gateway Plaza. Although the project was initially proposed in 1971, construction did not begin until 1985 due to delays.[7] Negotiations included retaining an old hotel on the site and redesigning the building as to not cast shadows on Macquarie Place Park.[8]

The engineers during the construction phase were Norman Disney & Young.[2]

The building was sold before completion in 1988 for $325 million to a subsidiary of National Mutual.[9]

The British Consulate-General in Sydney is a tenant on the 16th floor.[10]

The University of Wollongong Sydney Business School is a tenant on the 17th floor.[citation needed]

In 2018, Dexus engaged architectural firm Woods Bagot, engineers Taylor Thomson Whitting and builders Buildcorp to undertake a $30 million redevelopment and strengthening works of the Gateway Plaza building.[11]


  1. ^ "Gateway Plaza". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Gateway Plaza - The Skyscraper Center". www.skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Leasing | Office | Gateway Tower 1 Macquarie Place | Dexus". www.dexus.com. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Gateway Plaza Building - Sydney - NWS - Australia - Skyscrapers on Waymarking.com". www.waymarking.com. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Hooker lifts profit, dividend". Canberra Times. 23 August 1972. p. 25. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. ^ "New complex for Circular Quay". Canberra Times. 3 May 1971. p. 3. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  7. ^ "660ft tower in $100m Quay plan". Sydney Morning Herald. 4 May 1971.
  8. ^ Glasscott, Joseph (22 May 1984). "Diamonds on the Skyline".
  9. ^ "Trust buys $352m Gateway Plaza". The Age. 12 October 1988.
  10. ^ "British Consulate General Sydney - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Gateway Plaza". Taylor Thomson Whitting. Retrieved 29 November 2020.