Upgrading Melbourne’s east end

Nick Myall
25 May 2017

Melbourne CBD’s east end is witnessing a transformation of huge significance

QICGRE has announced it will deliver a once in a generation transformation that cements the position of Melbourne’s famed Collins Street as one of the world’s premier boulevards for luxury retail and commerce.  The project will be a collaboration between Woods Bagot, Seventh Wave, UN Studio, Jouin Manku and QICGRE.

Managing Director of QIC Global Real Estate Steve Leigh said: “80 Collins celebrates everything that epitomises its preeminent location; located in Melbourne CBD’s historic heart, flanked by world-leading corporates such as Goldman Sachs, BHP and Lazard, and surrounded by luxury brand flagships including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hermés.

“It’s been nearly two decades since Melbourne CBD’s east end has witnessed a transformation of this significance. A premier mixed-use development that heralds a new chapter in the story of its prestigious location and seamlessly connects with the array of world-renowned experiences that surround it both day and night.

“80 Collins will be a destination that honours Melbourne’s thriving culture and commerce and is situated at the centre of a globally recognised precinct with a distinct local identity,” Mr Leigh said.

Fronting Collins, Exhibition and Little Collins Streets and scheduled for completion in 2020 the development comprises: 

  • A future-focused 43,000 sq m premium grade office tower
  • A significant refurbishment of the existing tower
  • International luxury, beauty and lifestyle brands alongside new food and beverage concepts
  • A boutique hotel.

Director of Investment Management at QICGRE, Stuart Miller, said: “To assist us achieve our vision we have partnered with best in class partners to deliver this transformation: Woods Bagot, Seventh Wave, UN Studio and Jouin Manku.”

A new standard in commercial space

 “80 Collins sets a new benchmark for premium and sustainable work space in Melbourne CBD’s east end,” Mr Miller said.

“Designed to achieve a 5-star NABERS Energy Rating and a 6-star Green Star office design rating the tower provides the ultimate space for environmentally and socially conscious corporates.

“It will feature flexible floor plates with inter-floor links providing the opportunity for them to re-engineer workspaces that foster engagement, collaboration and wellness with views that overlook the Royal Botanic Gardens and south-west to Port Philip Bay.

A new place for Melbourne

“We are acutely aware this is a culturally and commercially significant site for Melbourne and we have a responsibility to deliver a vibrant built environment that befits its location and surroundings,” Mr Miller said.

“80 Collins will be a multidimensional, experience-led precinct animated both day and night, and will continue to elevate the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street as one of the most desirable CBD locations in Australasia.

“We will welcome world-renowned retail brands who will share space with innovative dining and leisure concepts from Australia and the world exuding a distinctly Melbourne appeal.

"80 Collins reflects the long-term view we take to creating enduring mixed-use developments that harmonise with their environments and foster meaningful human connections,” Mr Miller said.

The Victorian Government has granted Planning Approval and QICGRE is partnering with Multiplex to deliver the 80 Collins project, with site preparations already underway.

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