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    Hassell designs Melbourne’s largest vertically connected office

    Nathan Johnson

    A new $150 million 12 level office building designed Hassell architects for 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne is under construction and has been promised by the developers to re-energise the CBD.

    The site is owned by Charter Hall who claim, that on completion, the building will have the largest vertically integrated floor plate system in Melbourne’s CBD.

    Cutting through 10 of the levels is the largest glass atrium in Melbourne’s CBD which will provide natural lighting to office spaces. Inter-connected stairways will link the floors, while meeting room pods will look out onto the inside of the atrium.

    The exterior façade blends solid and translucent elements in a combination of floor-to-ceiling windows and graduated stepped sills. Charter Hall observes this will result in a positive work environment for tenants:

     “570 Bourke’s design intentionally incorporates lots of light and space, resulting in a refreshing environment that will boost people’s outlook at work, while complementary lifestyle features will encourage the pursuit of a positive work-life balance,” said Chris Forbes from Charter Hall.

    All 12 levels will be offered for lease, providing 28,000sqm of contiguous office space across massive 2,700sqm floor plates and a ground floor of retail facilities.

    Knight Frank national director of CBD leasing Hamish Sutherland said that tenants seeking these large floor plates were also attracted to the smaller high rise floors which provide flexibility for future expansion.

    “We usually only see floor plates of these sizes outside of the CBD where the option to expand within the building is not typically available,” Sutherland said.

    “570 Bourke stands out for its ability to give tenants the choice and flexibility to expand in the CBD as their business flourishes, while benefiting from space efficiencies and the building’s amenity.”

    The offices will be footed by a retail focussed ground floor which will feature 695sqm of tenant space fronting Bourke and Little Bourke Streets as well as 175sqm of boutique office space on level one, fronting Little Bourke Street.

    Also on the ground will be an expansive lobby, featuring timber walls and travertine stone feature elements, high ceilings, a light installation and concierge facilities.

    The building will feature a lifestyle centre that will provide hotel-like facilities tenants.  In addition, expansive rooftops on level 12 will outdoor facilities for staff.

    Charter Hall says they are targeting a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating for the building is scheduled for a June 2015 completion.

    Images: PDS Group

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