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161 Collins Street, Melbourne

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161 Collins Street
CBD, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

International real estate firm Pembroke engaged Bates Smart to conceive an extensive refurbishment of the historic 1920s T&G building at the prestigious ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Occupying a prime corner location and historically regarded as the most beautiful building in Melbourne, the building’s redesign entails a radical upgrade to create a holistic experience around premium retail and workspaces contained within the existing built fabric.

A symbol of Melbourne’s rich heritage and an icon of the city skyline, the renovation and modernisation of the building’s 10 storeys of commercial space creates a world-class office environment.

State-of-the-art tenant facilities, brand new end-of-trip facilities and club-style concierge services are integrated into the design, with significant 4,000sqm campus-style floor plates included around the atrium. A new retail, food and beverage hub with public access will be added to the ground floor. The refurbishment includes enhancement of the heritage-protected facade and the introduction of a dynamic new dual entrance, providing occupiers the option of using the original entry on Collins Street or the newly pedestrianized laneway, Ramsden Place, which connects to Flinders Lane.

The heritage facade to this signature corner site is celebrated with new feature lighting providing a clear beacon of the site’s revitalisation.

The invigorated T&G building will showcase iconic design, adaptable workspaces, green credentials and innovative technology. This A Grade precinct is set to become a model for the future of workplace in Australia.

Client
Pembroke Real Estate

Area
Office Space - 39,000 sqm, Retail - 3,300 sqm

Completion
2018

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