Charter Hall Lodges Plans for $85m Office Extension

Charter Hall remains optimistic about future demand for office space, lodging plans for an $85-million extension to its office tower at 201 Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD.

The 11-storey development will replace the existing two-storey food court on the corners of Park and Elizabeth Streets and will provide 10,000sq m of additional office floor space plus a new lobby and plaza for the building.

Charter Hall has held the building since mid-2019 after outlaying $630 million alongside partners Abacus Property Group.

Previous owners Dexus had originally sounded out plans for a $400m overhaul of the tower, converting it from office spaces into a luxury hotel and apartment complex.

In its current format, the 38,000sq m tower, built in 1973, spans 38-storeys of office space plus ground floor retail tenancies and a lower ground food court.

Charter Hall has enlisted architecture firm FJMT to create the new podium extension and envelope for the existing building.

The proposal includes an improved public domain and a reconfiguration of the lobby and retail areas.
▲ The proposal includes an improved public domain and a reconfiguration of the lobby and retail areas. Image: FJMT

The site has had prior stage one envelope approval for a podium volume up to the 45m, matching the historical and existing street wall running the length of Elizabeth Street.

“Projects like this are a vital driver in Sydney’s post Covid-19 economic response with jobs created when construction commences,” a Charter Hall spokesperson told The Urban Developer.

“When completed [the development] will provide modern facilities to accommodate new permanent professional roles at a time when the economy is expected to be in a recovery phase.”

Charter Hall already had a large exposure to the CBD precinct—recent acquisitions include a half stake in Sydney's landmark Chifley Tower, which it bought for around $900m in 2019.

The developer is also testing the market, offering its landmark tower at 9 Castlereagh Street through Cushman and Wakefield.

Charter Hall bought the Harry Seidler-designed building through its Core Plus Office Fund in 2013 from Stockland for $172 million.

Late last year it cashed in on a prominent office tower in North Sydney, selling the building at 65 Berry Street to local fund manager Intera Group for $212 million.

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