Dexus has added 55 meters in height to its US$722 million (AU$1-billion) Collins Street office tower project after buying development rights to the prestigious Melbourne Club for the “best business address in the country.”
The proposal was approved unanimously by the Future Melbourne Committee for 52-60 Collins Street, with the addition of club buildings at 36 Collins Street and 57-67 Little Collins Street.
The new design added more than 20,000 square meters (215,278 square feet) to the gross floor area for a total of 58,127 square meters as well as a through link to McGraths Lane and is expected to cost close to US$216.5 million (AU$300 million).
The inspiration for the podium of the building comes from Melville House and the Melbourne Club.
“The proposal seeks to reinforce the existing and historic character of Collins Street, which we know is one of sophistication, enduring elegance, grandeur and permanence,” Bates Smart Director Julian Anderson said. “At that lower level the podium does provide a very fine-grained low-level streetscape which responds to the character, texture and materiality of the adjacent nearby heritage building.”
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