Grocon and the Victorian Government have opened a new $100 million jobs centre in Footscray as part of a multi-million dollar urban renewal of the inner city suburb.
One McNab Avenue forms part of a broader revitalisation initiative for Melbourne’s inner-west.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy said: “The development and construction of this building has created 1,000 jobs in Footscray’s city centre and it brings 1,355 more jobs to this thriving area, with flow-on revenue into local businesses.”
“The revitalisation of Footscray, which is identified as one of Melbourne’s Activity Areas, is a key initiative of the Napthine Government’s city plan, Plan Melbourne, and will strengthen the area’s economy and opportunities for growth.
Grocon Chief Executive Carolyn Viney said the project set a new benchmark in suburban office projects and investments.
“One McNab Avenue is an example of modern-day construction excellence and what can be achieved through strong collaboration. With the support of our partners on the project, our team has delivered an outstanding outcome,” she said.
The 14 storey building offers 18,000 square metres of office space and ground floor retail, including a cafe. It features best-practice design and has received a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design Certified Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.
One McNab Avenue is a significant inner west landmark just 6 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, housing organisations such as State Trustees, City West Water and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Precinct improvement works are underway in the immediate surrounds, with an $850,000 redevelopment of the neighbouring road and Railway Reserve park that will improve pedestrian links between the station, Victoria University, council offices and central Footscray.
Mr Guy said: “The City of Maribyrnong (where Footscray is located) is expected to grow by 42,000 people over the next 15 years and 65 per cent of the population will be of employment age. By providing a variety of employment options within the growing council area we are supporting the economic resilience of this vibrant inner city suburb."