Geelong office demand puts developments in focus

An impression of the proposed 12-storey development called Denny Lascelles Tower, at 20 Brougham St, Geelong.

The time is right for commercial property developers to turn office blueprints into reality as businesses hunt for new, modern spaces, leading CBD commercial agent Michael DeStefano says.

The Gartland Property director was speaking after it was revealed GMHBA was reviewing its long-term head office accommodation needs in Geelong.

DeStefano is the lead agent seeking expressions of interest for the eight-storey Dennys Lascalles Tower at the corner of Gheringhap St and Brougham St.

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Geelong developers Scott Vickers-Willis and Dean Montgomery are behind the tower, taking over the former woolstore after a similar proposal from construction giant Grocon missed out on the tender for the NDIS headquarters.

The Advertiser asked DeStefano whether the Dennys Lascalles Tower would be the type of project on GMHBA’s radar.

“I’m not quite sure what their total size requirement is to be honest but they’re not going to occupy that entire building,” he says.

44 Ryrie St Geelong

The 11-storey office tower at 44 Ryrie St, Geelong neighbours the Holiday Inn Hotel and Apartments in a Franze Development project.

“The way the building has been designed is so it can be occupied by multiple tenancies.

“It’s got about 2000sq m floorplates, so it might be where they take one, two, three or four levels and the rest can be used for smaller tenancies.”

But De Stefano says Geelong’s office market is receiving a number of new office requests from businesses.

“That space has really started to gather momentum in the Geelong market,” DeStefano says.

“We’re getting typically anywhere between 700sqm and 2500sqm requirements constantly at the moment.

“The demand for office and the demand for those types of developments is really prevalent.”

De Stefano says it is a mix of local and new businesses to the region.

Worksafe office Geelong

WorkSafe and NDIS have lifted the standard of new office space expected in Geelong. Picture: Glenn Ferguson.

“We’re seeing existing businesses looking at expanding as well as not only re-energising but changing the look of where they currently are, in dated stock I guess.

“But we’re also seeing companies that aren’t in our landscape at the moment looking to transition and opening up either a Geelong office or relocating to Geelong.”

While projects like 1Malop and The Carlton had expanded Geelong’s office market, DeStefano says the big government agencies had spoken for most of the buildings’ available office space.

“There has been very little opportunity for people to move their operations into a new facility so anything that is built, or is under EOI I think there audience is there at the moment.”

DeStefano says developers will need long-term precommitments from tenants to embark on the costly projects though.

“My belief is a product like that would be well received in the market as there are a few tenants around looking for space,” he says.

This article from the Geelong Advertiser originally appeared as “Demand for office space puts Geelong developments in focus”.