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Myer “elated” to move to Docklands

31 Jul 2009

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Myer CEO Bernie Brookes was in Docklands last month to celebrate the “topping off” of his new home in Victoria Harbour.

He said Myer was “elated” to be moving to Docklands. 

“Excitement is an understatement,”  he said.

Mr Brooks said Docklands’ amenity and transport links made it a preferred location for Myer’s new head office.

He said the retailer wanted to stay as close as possible to its main Bourke St store and the company had looked at a number of CBD locations as well as Southbank and Docklands.

He said Docklands’ emerging infrastructure and facilities as well as its tram access swayed the decision to locate Myer’s 900 office support staff under the one roof at a new location in Collins Street.

“In the last few years we’ve had about six different sites,” he said. “And even within our building, we have about five different parts of the building.  We’ll be bring that all together at Docklands.”

“It’s everyone in the business – from property to buying to operations – all in one location.”

Mr Brookes said Docklands was still “ahead of its time” as a business location but would mature and develop over coming years.

Scheduled for completion next March, the office will comprise 10 levels of large, flexible floorplates of nearly 3000 square metres. The project will also feature approximately 850 square metres of ground floor retail shops and three car park levels.

Myer will occupy the entire 28,000 square metre office component of the A-Grade building, which will also house large outdoor terraces, a sundeck and a childcare facility.

The Myer building has been recognised for excellence in ecologically sustainable design, and has achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 Certification from the Green Building Council of Australia.

Speaking at the “topping off” ceremony, VicUrban CEO Pru Sanderson said: “Docklands is already home to the highest concentration of sustainable commercial buildings in Australia, in an area that is moving from a building by building approach to embracing precinct-wide environmental initiatives.”

The building is being developed by Lend Lease Development for Myer and the Lend Lease managed APPF Commercial, which will own the building upon completion. Bovis Lend Lease is responsible for design management, project management and construction of the project. The architect is James Grose from Bligh Voller Nield.

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