Frasers Property and ESR buy development site in Melbourne

Frasers Property and ESR buys development site in Melbourne

A joint venture between Frasers Property Australia (Frasers Property) and ESR Australia has acquired a 4.67 hectare site at 254 Wellington Road, Mulgrave in Melbourne to develop a business park.

Joint venture partners secured Nissan Motor Co. Australia Pty Ltd (Nissan) as the anchor tenant and will develop a new head office for the car maker.

The A$400 million business park project will comprise 60,000 sqm of commercial space, a 752 sqm café/retail area and 2,497 car spaces, a gymnasium, restaurant and activated outdoor open space.

Nissan Australia’s 11,000 sqm facility will be spread across five levels (including ground level) of the 8 level building and will comprise over 9,000 sqm office, 1,850 sqm workshop and 550 car bays.

Nissan Australia’s building is expected to completed by May 2020 while the entire development is forecast for completion by late 2025.

Anthony Maugeri, General Manager, Southern Region Commercial & Industrial, for Frasers Property Australia comments, “Frasers Property, in joint venture with ESR, previously developed 211 Wellington Road with a strong track record in attracting major corporates to the area. The new acquisition is strategically positioned to offer superb amenities in a location that is well connected to the centre of Melbourne.

“Nissan’s new head office will be located within Monash’s National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC), Melbourne’s largest concentration of employment outside the CBD. We plan to develop a state-of-the-art business park and are eager to deliver industry-leading amenity on the site to assist in attracting large commercial occupiers.”

Phil Pearce, Chief Executive Officer at ESR Australia, said, “This is an exciting project for ESR and Frasers Property as we commence a large-scale business park development in Melbourne’s south-east. We are seeing Mulgrave emerge as a growing suburban commercial office market. Securing a high-quality customer such as Nissan as our first tenant further supports the strategy of investing in and developing market-leading real estate and underlines the favourable outlook for the development in this sought-after location.”

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Nissan Australia’s Managing Director Stephen Lester, comments, “Our current office was officially opened in June 1977, so over the 40 plus years that we have based ourselves here it has served us well, but we have grown as a business since then.

“The new Nissan head office will not only be the national headquarters for the greater Nissan business, but also for our finance arm Nissan Financial Services Australia, our technical trainers and the Victorian state office.”

Mr Lester added, “Enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities that come with a new office will take our business to new heights helping us to better service all of our stakeholders, particularly current and future Nissan owners.”

The new building, situated on the corner of Wellington Road (60 metre frontage) and Peters Avenue will achieve a 5 Star Green Star Design & As Built v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Practical completion of the facility is due in May 2020. 

The 254 Wellington Road site is on the south side of Wellington Road, west of Springvale Road’s intersection and has a frontage to Peters Avenue. It is situated within close proximity to major arterials including Springvale and Wellington Roads, both of which provide access to Monash Freeway (1.3 kilometres), Eastlink and Princes Highway. Melbourne’s CBD is within 22 kilometres. 

The region is predominantly a commercial and industrial area comprising modern offices, industrial business parks and large distribution facilities. 

The joint venture is a 50:50 split between Frasers Property and ESR. Frasers Property secured the 245 Wellington Road site, while ESR will undertake the development.

Andrew Peak, Gianni Macdonald and Stephen Adgemis from CBRE brokered the Nissan transaction. 

Rob Joyes from Colliers International brokered the 254 Wellington Road acquisition.