New office tower for Geelong’s historic woolstore

New office tower for Geelong’s historic woolstore

8 September 2017

Local Geelong developers Scott Vickers-Willis and Dean Montgomery are pursuing a $100 million development incorporating a historic woolstore building into a new commercial office in Victoria’s second largest city.

Techne Montgomery Developments have revealed the building would offer eight levels of offices, ground floor lobby and retail offering and three levels of car parking.

There would be 150 car parks, 100 bike parks, luxurious “end of trip” facilities and a stunning rooftop terrace.

One of the developers, Scott Vickers-Willis said “We’re very excited about this development and its ability to potentially attract and house another major national tenant who will see the benefits of a Geelong base in much the same way as the NDIS, TAC and Worksafe all have,” he said.

“There is ongoing interest from service providers, professional services organisations and government departments looking for A-grade office accommodation in Geelong’s CBD.”

The Geelong Advertiser reported that Garland Property managing director Michael DeStefano is optimistic about the venture.

“With vacancy rates for this type of offering currently sitting at less than 2 per cent, another significant office development of this quality is much needed and very exciting for Geelong,” he said.

Hassell architects principal and head of design, Ben Duckworth, said adding another layer of history to the building’s ‘story’ was a key consideration. The project is aiming for a 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating building.

The facade of the historic woolstore building at 20 Brougham Street will be retained. The new tower is named after Dennys Lascelles, a pioneering agricultural company whose name still adorns the old building.

Mr Vickers-Willis’ firm has a development record in Geelong, last year winning the contract to build the $120 million national headquarters of the National Disability Insurance Agency there.

It is hoped the subsequent jobs growth and development will stimulate a local economy hit by the Alcoa aluminium smelter closure and Ford’s exit.