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Commercial Quarter for NewQuay

03 Jul 2012

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MAB Corporation has announced its intention to build a new $250 million, 35,000 sqm, commercial development which will bring a further 3500 office workers to NewQuay.

Occupying an entire block on Docklands Drive, The Quarter will comprise four buildings of between 6000 and 11,000 sqm on individually-shaped allotments, separated by interconnecting laneways.

Designed by the architectural firm Hassell, the environmentally sustainable buildings have been planned to achieve a 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS rating.

MAB’s general manager, commercial and industrial, Richard Johnston, said the development was unique in that it provided an opportunity that some organisations would not have considered possible at Docklands.

“The Quarter provides an opportunity for tenants from 4000 square metres to pre-commit and launch a new building, designed to an organisation’s exact specifications, right on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD with the additional advantage of exclusive naming rights,” he said.

“It’s a highly-flexible arrangement to suit the tenant’s requirements and, importantly, one that can be delivered within a 15-month timeframe,” Mr Johnston said.

He said the project masterplan had taken inspiration from Melbourne’s laneways and would include an intimate central piazza designed to deliver CBD amenity to staff and a vibrant heart to NewQuay.

“This area will fast become a highly-visible and active community space which will be easily accessible via pedestrian-friendly laneways,” Mr Johnston said.

The central piazza will be completed in stage one and will be the major focal point of the development, featuring small retail spaces that will accommodate cafes, fashion and specialty retailers, landscaping, fixed seating and public art.

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