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Lendlease Completes First Stage of Melbourne Quarter Project

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Lendlease has completed the first stage of its $1.9 billion Melbourne Quarter project with the completion of a new deck overlooking Wurundjeri Way.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has inspected the deck that will help form the foundations of Melbourne Quarter’s elevated Skypark on Collins Street.


Melbourne Quarter will comprise more than 50 per cent public space, including the elevated Skypark garden perched above Collins Street, and will combine a lush and green city square, three commercial towers, retailers, bars and restaurants.

Wynne was joined by Lendlease's managing director for urban regeneration and infrastructure development, Mark Menhinnitt, who said construction was progressing on the precinct’s first commercial tower, One Melbourne Quarter.
A second of three proposed ­office towers received planning approval in March. Melbourne Quarter is expected to house 12,000 workers and 3000 residents when complete, across a total of seven office and apartment towers.

“As Melbourne Quarter becomes more visible on the city’s skyline, it signals Lendlease’s confidence in Melbourne’s commercial growth in the Southern Cross Precinct and the continued appetite for smarter, more energy-­efficient offices,” Menhinnitt said.

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Menhinnitt said this development would transform Melbourne’s city centre.

“Melbourne Quarter will bridge the gap between Docklands and the CBD, as the commercial centre of the city moves westward,” he said.

Once completed, the deck will connect the precinct’s three commercial towers and form the ground level of the precinct’s public square on Collins Street, which will be one of the most significant public spaces in the central city.

“As Melbourne Quarter becomes more visible on the city’s skyline, it signals Lendlease’s confidence in Melbourne’s commercial growth in the Southern Cross Precinct and the continued appetite for smarter, more energy-efficient offices,” Menhinnitt said.

“Our first commercial building is testament to the desire for contemporary, well-designed offices in the city’s best connected location and the continued tenant interest in the project.

“Arup and Lendlease will relocate their Victorian workforces to One Melbourne Quarter next year, taking up three and four levels of office space respectively. In the coming months, we expect to make further announcements on more leading businesses that will become part of our new and exciting city neighbourhood.”

The precinct’s next office tower, Two Melbourne Quarter, was lodged for planning in late July. Construction on One Melbourne Quarter commenced in October last year.
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A total of seven commercial and residential buildings will be delivered in the precinct. Once completed, Melbourne Quarter will offer approximately 130,000sq m of agile and flexible office space for more than 12,000 employees, and will be home to approximately 3,000 residents.

Time lapse video of the deck construction can be viewed here.

Main image above: Left - Lendlease's Managing Director for Urban Regeneration and Infrastructure Development, Mark Menhinnitt,  with Victoria's Planning Minister, Richard Wynne.

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