"> Kamirice Flagship – UPco

500 Collins Street, Melbourne

Client: Kamirice Pty Ltd
Project type: Commercial (office, refurbishment)
Stakeholders: City of Melbourne, local community

Image courtesy of kamirice.com.au

The project
Built in the 1970s, 500 Collins Street is a 28-storey office building in a premier CBD location. While built with craftsmanship and quality materials, the building had begun to show its age – and when it was put up for sale in 2002, it was ready for renovation. A leading Australian real estate investor, Kamirice, acquired the tower with the intention of refurbishing all 28 levels – and UPco was engaged to help with the planning.

The challenge

The planning approvals needed to include much-needed physical upgrades, such as updates to the façades and internal amenities. Office refurbishment was a must, and we also needed to activate the ground plane – capitalising on the lunchtime pedestrianism and general retail of Church Lane.
One added challenge: all the renovations had to be done while the spaces were still tenanted (with occupancy never falling below 70%), meaning timelines and stakeholder management were crucial.

The outcome

UPco helped secure the approvals, working within deadlines and communicating tirelessly with a large project team. The result was a renewed office building with 26,000 sqm of leasable area, including ground and first floor retail. Thanks to its forward-thinking sustainability credentials, 500 Collins Street also became the first refurbished commercial building in Melbourne’s CBD to be awarded a 5-Star Green Star (Office Design v1) rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

These days, 500 Collins helps to enhance the CBD’s west-end business hub, with Church Lane’s shops and bluestone paving creating a vibrancy not often encountered in this area. Since the refurbishment, close monitoring has proven that occupant productivity has increased.

Our client is rightfully proud of this landmark city development – and UPco is pleased to have had extensive involvement in the building that Kamirice nominated as the flagship property in its portfolio.