567 Collins Street marks its place in the skyline

Assorted media were on hand yesterday to witness Melbourne Lord Major Robert Doyle preside over the official topping out 567 Collins Street, located in the CBD's west end. In reaching its high point during the construction process, 567 Collins Street has achieved the feat near on two years after initial construction had begun.

Also on hand were developer Leighton Properties’ National Head of Commercial Andrew Borger, Michael Loterzo Building Division Manager Leighton Contractors and Peter Menegazzo Fund Manager Investa Commercial Property, who spoke on varying aspects of what is Melbourne's newest Premium Grade office accommodation project.

Dignitaries during a photo moment

At 26 levels, 567 Collins Street will add an additional 50,000 sqm of commercial floor space to the Melbourne market, with 75% of space now leased. Utilities provider Jemena has joined key anchor tenants Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Leighton Contractors, with Melbourne’s second Virgin Active Health Club spread over levels 1 and 2.

The building’s end-of-trip facilities encourage a balanced, healthy lifestyle. It’s a design philosophy that provides tenants with a unique workplace culture, offering openness, transparency and a communal approach to business.

567 Collins Street website

Known as ‘the GRID,’ lower level facilities will pay homage to Melbourne's laneway culture, housing a mixture of cafes, restaurants and convenience retail spread over the 3,942 sqm site footprint. A split 2-3 level high foyer will welcome pedestrians in a grand entrance fronting Collins Street.

The current state of works

With the site remaining vacant for many years a handful of development proposals had come and gone over time, ranging from a Bruce Henderson-designed office tower to a stand-alone Spowers design for a substantial office complex. Ultimately Spowers and Cox teamed to produce the striking, currently under construction, design.

Defined by its royal blue facade and 'fractured' design feature splitting the height of the northern facade, 567 Collins Street is also pursuing an environmentally friendly standard that has seen the development registered to target a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating with the Green Building Council of Australia. Employed are the latest technology surrounding minimal water usage, improved indoor air quality and efficiency and the promotion of sustainable transport initiatives.

In reaching its peak 567 Collins Street still has quite a distance to the construction finish line with the 567 Collin street website nominating August 2015 as the point where the tower will be completed and tenant ready.

See below a brief chronology of 567 Collins Street, from early uses to construction to the latest project renders.

As the former Wool & Grain Warehouse. Image source - Petre Maltezos
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