Melbourne’s new Quarter

Lendlease and Denton Corker Marshall move ahead with the Melbourne Quarter in Australia as the first commercial building is sold

by Nick Myall 09 November 2016
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    Lendlease’s newest urban regeneration project, designed by Melbourne architects Denton Corker Marshall, has taken a major step forward with the sale of its first commercial tower, One Melbourne Quarter, to the Lendlease-managed Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial (APPF Commercial).

    The new, next-generation office tower at the $2bn Melbourne Quarter project will also be the future home of Lendlease’s Victorian headquarters, with the company announcing today that it will consolidate its Melbourne office sites to One Melbourne Quarter when the building is delivered in 2018.

    One Melbourne Quarter is the first of seven commercial and residential buildings and will target leading sustainability outcomes, including a 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating, and a 5 star NABERS energy rating.

    Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer for Property, Kylie Rampa, said the sale of One Melbourne Quarter is a key milestone in the early stages of the project.

    “The sale of this building brings the vision of Melbourne Quarter to life and will drive increased momentum for the project. We continue to witness the city shift its commercial centre west along Collins Street, with many leading national and global enterprises already having made the move. It’s a very exciting time for the project,” she said.

    “As we did with our global head office move to Barangaroo in Sydney this year, we will be consolidating our Melbourne offices to bring our Victorian people together at One Melbourne Quarter in 2018,” Ms Rampa continued.

    Lendlease will occupy four floors of the 13 level, circa 26,400 sq m building; joining global design and engineering firm Arup who will also relocate its Victorian workforce to the same tower. Lendlease and Arup will enter into 12 and 11 year leases respectively.

    Managing Director of Lendlease’s Australian Investment Management business, Josh McHutchison, said the investment in One Melbourne Quarter was aligned with APPF Commercial’s focus on owning next-generation, sustainable assets in strategic precincts, and leverages its off-market access to Lendlease’s leading office development and urban regeneration capability and pipeline.

    “We are delighted to provide our institutional investors access to this exciting integrated precinct, which will offer unique public space, including Melbourne’s first Skypark, and direct access to a variety of transport options,” he said.

    “The investment is consistent with APPF Commercial’s strategy to up-weight into efficient, sustainable and people-centric buildings, and complements the Fund’s recent acquisition of Darling Square and its interests in International Towers One, Two and Three at Barangaroo in Sydney.”

    APPF Commercial’s investment in One Melbourne Quarter comprises circa 26,400 sq m net lettable area (NLA) with large floorplates of approximately 2,000 sq m, retail lettable area of 980sqm and up to 106 car spaces.

    Bringing together the latest thinking in sustainability, technology and health and wellbeing, Melbourne Quarter is expected to offer approximately 120,000 sq m of agile and flexible office space, circa 1,690 apartments, 4,000 sq m of retail space, childcare and end-of-trip facilities and a health and wellness centre.

    Melbourne Quarter’s Skypark will complement the leading workplace design, offering workers the ability to re-charge or work outside the office, enhancing their health and wellbeing– a key trend in global workplace design. The precinct boasts a strong environmental focus, with more than half of the site dedicated to public open space.

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