Mirvac’s iconic Olderfleet now complete

By Katie Johnson

A new commercial tower has been integrated with the historic Olderfleet building on Collins St after Mirvac completed its development in September.  

The 38-floor, 58,000 sqm building has been in the works for three years and cost more than $800 million to develop. 

Mirvac head of office Campbell Hanan said that completing Olderfleet during the pandemic had been a “true testament to the strength of Mirvac’s delivery team”. 

“Olderfleet marks the resurgence of mid-town and a new natural centre for Melbourne city,” Mr Hanan said. 

“The flagship premium-grade building demonstrates design excellence, celebrating the iconic heritage-listed Olderfleet buildings alongside delivering a technology-enabled, sustainability-focused workplace that fits the unique requirements of our customers.”

Designed by Grimshaw, the building integrates modern office and retail space with the heritage architecture of the original Olderfleet building. 

The design includes a soaring 25-metre glass atrium connecting the new and old structures, and the internal brick structure was also restored as a feature wall within the ground floor lobby. 

The wall was repaired using recycled “vintage” bricks, sourced from a specialist heritage supplier who salvaged them from a house demolition.

Grimshaw managing partner Neil Stonell said that the distinctive Gothic-style Olderfleet structure built in 1889 was highlighted in the design as the building was one of Melbourne’s most important pieces of heritage architecture. 

“The heritage buildings are a focal point for the entire precinct, celebrated and spotlighted throughout the ground plane, where you can catch glimpses of the facade from all angles,” Mr Stonell said.  

Although most employees are still working from home, Deloitte has moved its Victorian headquarters into the building and will soon be joined by other tenants Norton Rose Fulbright, Lander & Rogers, and Urbis.

Mirvac has also lodged an application with Heritage Victoria to update the entranceway of the original Olderfleet building which is currently being assessed. 

The heritage impact statement outlines that the installation will involve “a new glazed entrance door to the exterior of the Olderfleet Building and business identification signage to the glazing at ground floor to Collins St”. 

The works are required in order to support the use of lobby as a retail precinct—a space which will be fully completed towards the end of 2020 •

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