699 Bourke Street from Bourke Street Bridge. © Ryan Seychell

Grimshaw office tour > 699 Bourke Street, Docklands

Last Friday on a warm, sunny day in Melbourne the Grimshaw office undertook a site visit of the 699 Bourke Street project which topped out recently. Designed by Grimshaw on behalf of Mirvac, (in their role as developer, builder, asset owner and manager) the building upon completion will become the new home of energy provider AGL, consolidating its Melbourne operations to one location.

As part of the move, AGL will also adopt a new style of working, Smarter Working, which aims to enhance collaboration, allow for better use of space and resources and re-energise the workplace. An internal atria and 5 sets of internal stairs navigate AGL’s tenancy, each enabling improved vertical and visual connectivity throughout the premises.

699 Bourke Street hero shot. © Mirvac

Key features

  • 19,452sqm NLA
  • 2,595sqm floor plates
  • Never to be built out, exceptional views to north, east and west elevations of every office floor
  • Plus connectivity to the future south tower and integrated public realm via the 'internal street' connecting Bourke and Collins Streets
  • 100% occupiable desk space with 12m of fully glazed elevations
  • 6 star Greenstar certified design
  • Open air roof top terrace and double height, fully glazed 'lantern' function room on the top level
  • Over 3.5x the 6 star Greenstar requirements for end of trip facilities (including around 400 lockers, 275 bike racks and state of the art change facilities)
  • Cogeneration, rainwater catchment, 360 solar panels, occupancy enabled lighting, provisions for electric car charging, sustainability integrated digital signage

Fitout works are due to commence later this year with a planned move by AGL during mid 2015.

699 Bourke in context with the future South tower at 664 Collins Street. © Mirvac

Coupled with great weather on the day, the site provides excellent views of the CBD, Southbank, Docklands and allowed individuals an up close opportunity to appreciate the Southern Cross Station Roof. So please enjoy a selection of photos in the slide show below from a glorious Melbourne afternoon on site at 699 Bourke Street.

699 Bourke Street abuts Southern Cross Station

Development & Planning

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 00:00
More than 8,000 square metres of land in Wheelers Hill has been given the development green light by Monash City Council. At the turn of December Council chose to endorse an application to develop vacant land at 161-169 Jells Road for a multi-level aged care facility.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.