2034 685 LaTrobe St

Melbourne, VIC

Year Completed // TBA
Client // Premier Property Development
(JV Charter Hall & Flagship Property Holdings)
Architect // Bates Smart
Location // 685 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC

WSP Structures (formerly Winward Group) has been appointed as Structural and Civil Consulting Engineers for the new 685 La Trobe Street office development planned in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, adjacent to Docklands (Etihad) Stadium for Premier Property Development, a joint venture between Charter Hall and Flagship Property Holdings.

The development comprises a twelve story office building above ground level retail, car parking and services zones, a basement level carpark and a mezzanine level bicycle amenity area.

The building envelopes include two wings and a central core, with both north and south facing plaza areas around which the form of the tower is wrapped, creating a central landscaped public plaza. The two plazas are linked by double height entry lobbies as well as providing laneway linkages, allowing pedestrians to traverse the site from the Docklands Stadium concourse through to Harbour Esplanade to the west.

Designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Office and 5 Star NABERS Energy ratings, the highly efficient, 37,000 sqm A-grade office building boasts 3,300 sqm floor plates, the largest of any readily available office building in Docklands, incorporating a grid of approximately 14 x 9 metres. The structural design provides the ability for tenants to construct interconnecting stairs and voids to further visually integrate workspaces on contiguous floors. There is also increased access to natural light across each floor and an increase in the number of highly sought after corners – eight rather than the standard four – which can be used for collaborative staff meeting places.

Structural and Civil Engineering challenges included constructing a multi-level basement within a difficult site; the building is founded within a deep Coode Island silt layer and a random layer of fill approximately six metres deep. The basement also incorporates the integration of an existing ‘hammer head’ entrance roadway, used by Channel 7, as the new car park entrance.

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