Three adjoining Melbourne office buildings to attract investors and occupiers

Three adjoining Melbourne office buildings to attract investors and occupiers
Joel RobinsonDecember 7, 2020

The owners of three adjoining Melbourne commercial buildings have opted to take them to the market together following a strong 2019 Melbourne office market.

They have reported $75 million hopes.

They recently received a major planning permit across the combined site which allows for a hotel and mixed-use development project.

The property, comprising around 30,000 sqm of buildable area, is expected to attract the attention of larger domestic and international development groups.

CBRE Melbourne Middle Markets agents Mark Wizel, Josh Rutman, Lewis Tong and Scott Orchard are offering the properties either in one line or separately. 

Hotelier Aziz “Ozzie” Kheir, Prebuilt founder Phil Merton and developer Frank Palazzo did have hotel plans.

The largest of the asset is the former Sands & McDougall building at 355 Spencer Street (pictured above).

The historic 7,363sqm corner office building once housed Melbourne’s leading printing and publishing firm for well over a century.

Sands & McDougall was best known for its annual Directory of Melbourne publication – a near encyclopaedic book that captured the identity and address of every business in Melbourne – which ran from 1862 to 1974. The company’s main printing house was located within the building and the proud horse logo still adorns the façade. 

Mark Wizel said the repositioning and rejuvenation of older character buildings has become extremely lucrative in recent years, and this asset is perfectly placed to capture unsatisfied tenant demand for unique, but well-located, accommodation.

“With office vacancy at record lows and the residential market also showing strong signs of recovery, there’s little wonder why investors are showing such strong appetite for buildings in and around the Melbourne CBD,” Wizel added.

In a similar transaction of a heritage building in late 2019, 22 William Street, known as Swann House, sold for $52,000,000 which will see the buyer embark on a refurbishment program, targeting rents of over $700/sqm.



Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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