Fund manager IIG launches hub for startups, tech firms with its Dream Factory in Melbourne's Footscray

Fund manager IIG launches hub for startups, tech firms with its Dream Factory in Melbourne's Footscray
Fund manager IIG launches hub for startups, tech firms with its Dream Factory in Melbourne's Footscray

Fund manager Impact Investment Group (IIG) has launched what it calls The Dream Factory at its Footscray building acquired from Lonely Planet with the objective of making it a shared workplace for startups and technology-driven companies in Melbourne.

Melbourne-based IIG acquired the property at 90 Maribyrnong Street, currently the global head office of Lonely Planet Publications, in 2015 for $13.5 million. Lonely Planet will vacate the property prior to the end of its lease in October this year.

Set by the Maribyrnong River, the four-storey fully refurbished woolshed with over 7,000 square metres of loft style office accommodation will become home to some of Australia’s most innovative and disruptive businesses, IIG said in a media release.

“We are extremely proud of this particular property and its iconic transformation. We feel it’s a bold representation of our investment mandate to deliver strong commercial returns with tangible social and environmental outcomes,” IIG chief executive Chris Lock said. 

IIG has $360 million in funds under management across property and renewable infrastructure, and is owned by Lock and Small Giants, the private investment firm of Daniel Almagor and Berry Liberman.

Featuring energy-efficient technologies, The Dream Factory will commission Australia’s first Tesla industrial batteries and cover the roof with one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic solar systems in Australia, producing approximately 230 MWh per annum – to be passed on at no cost to the tenants.

There will also be a large 1,000 sqm communal rooftop garden and kitchen area with views over the Melbourne CBD and Port of Melbourne. Other features include a gym and ground floor warehouse café.

The Dream Factory is to be anchored by Inspire9, a community-led co-working business servicing Melbourne’s start-ups, freelancers and creative entrepreneurs. Other tenants that have made commitments to the building include Engineers Without Borders Australia, multiple teachers’ associations including DATTA Vic and School Libraries Association of Victoria.

IIG has appointed Savills and Lemon Baxter to lease the remaining vacant areas of up to 1,600 sqm.

"We are Australia's startup capital and this new investment through The Dream Factory will further strengthen Victoria's reputation as the place to do business,” Victorian minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis said.

By January 2017, more than 550 jobs will be relocated into the building, IIG said.

IIG is seeking expressions of interest from tenants for the remaining space available, ranging from 400 sum to 1,600 sqm.

Details can be found at www.dreamfactory.org.au 

 

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