Development at 271 Spring Street tops out

Daryl Browning, ISPT, Rohan Mead, Australian Unity, and Seamus Egan, Probuild.

A major project milestone has been reached at 271 Spring Street, with the topping out of the mixed-use tower in the parliamentary district of Melbourne’s CBD.

The 271 Spring Street development incorporates a 16-level tower, inclusive of 15,600 sqm of commercial tenancy area, and integrates the heritage-façade and rich historical elements of the Little Lonsdale precinct into a new boutique office development. Upon completion, 271 Spring Street will be the new headquarters of financial services sector leader Australian Unity.

Daryl Browning, ISPT’s CEO said “The addition of the tower at 271 Spring Street will bring ISPT’s long-term vision for our Lonsdale precinct into reality. The site adjoins our office towers at Casselden at 2 Lonsdale Street and 50 Lonsdale Street and the Madame Brussels Lane, our café and retail laneway. The parliamentary end of Lonsdale Street is one of Melbourne’s most historical areas and the onsite archaeological dig which unearthed 40,000 artefacts over a four month dig.”

Designed by John Wardle Architects collaborating with heritage architect Bruce Trethowan to carefully consider the site context and develop a scheme which embraces and celebrates the heritage values of the site, while providing an elegant and sophisticated tower. The result is a careful integration of two historical buildings into an A Grade office for Australian Unity.

271 Spring Street is due for completion in mid-2019.