Port of Melbourne will join anchor tenant ANZ and Australia’s largest global insurer QBE at 839 Collins Street, taking almost 2,000sqm on Level 19 – the building’s top floor, according to Lendlease’s media release.
ANZ pre-committed to 26,500sqm of the building, with QBE set to occupy approximately 6,000sqm across three floors. Only one floor remains available for lease at the Denton Corker Marshall designed building, which is located where Collins Street meets the Yarra River. The 39,000sqm building reached practical completion this week and the first commercial tenants are expected to move in from April.
Port of Melbourne employees will enjoy an enviable, sweeping bird’s eye view of 500 hectares of their port asset, which includes 21 kilometres of waterfront. The building also includes an outdoor garden and terrace with a multi-purpose sports court and outdoor seating, available for all tenants. Port of Melbourne is set to move later in 2019.
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In addition, Lendlease has secured tenants for five of the six retail shops in what is Victoria Harbour’s last major commercial building. The Other Brother by Melbourne hospitality venture Continental Hospitality Group will operate a signature restaurant and lobby café. The same group are behind Mr Grazier at 700 Bourke Street and Super Eight at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Other tenants set to open their doors in the coming months include Chilangos Mexican Cantina, PonyBoy and Thai Thani, leaving one shop available for lease.
Quotes attributable to John Burton, Lendlease’s Managing Director, Urban Regeneration:
“We are pleased to welcome Port of Melbourne to 839 Collins Street. The synergy between the evolution of the port as a trade gateway and Victoria Harbour’s early industry is strong, intertwining significant elements of Melbourne’s history.
“Their arrival signifies a key milestone for the precinct and is evidence of how desirable commercial space is in Victoria Harbour, both for tenants and investors.
“The curated mix of vibrant and diverse restaurants will increase day and night time trading in the precinct, further activating the existing public amenity in Victoria Harbour to service the thousands of workers and residents.”
Quotes attributable to Brendan Bourke, Port of Melbourne Chief Executive Officer: “The impending move to 839 Collins Street marks another significant milestone for the port as it continues to evolve and grow as a business. “Australia’s premier port of choice deserves a premier position.”