Architect David Carabott launches Abbotsford office leasing campaign

The office will appear to be built into and above a brick warehouse.

CHT Architects director David Carabott has launched a leasing campaign for an eight storey Abbotsford office.

Craftworks, as it will be known, will rise at 20-30 Mollison Street, at the north east corner of tree-lined Nicholson, about three kilometres from the CBD.

A Google Street View image of 20-30 Mollison Street, Abbotsford.

The complex would replace a warehouse once occupied by Rove McManus’ Roving Enterprises.

CHT will occupy a floor of the 9664 square metre investment, relocating from neighbouring Collingwood.

Craftworks is designed with a garden, doggy day care zone and rooftop auditorium and bar capturing with city views.

Colliers International’s Ash Dean and Travis Myerscough said it is also designed with a gallery, recreation zone, wellness centre and end-of-trip facilities.

A ground floor café, and pop-up designer store, are for lease too.

The office rents are just over $500 per sqm, per annum.

This compares to a rate of about $650 for Cremorne, the agents added.

Craftworks will rise opposite the former Denton Hat Mills factory, which was configured into a residential complex about 10 years ago, with ground floor retail.

The Collingwood train station and Yarra River are about three blocks away, while the Victoria Street retail strip is even closer.

Craftworks makes three new Abbotsford offices unveiled since July

Craftworks is the third Abbotsford office to seek occupiers recently.

In July, we reported Zagame Corporation launched a campaign for a warehouse-converted-office at 112 Trenerry Cr, which it picked up from the Australian Education Union Victorian for $21m in February.

The former Australian Education Union Victorian division HQ, at 112 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford, is now owned by the Zagame family.

Also four months ago, it was reported Eddie Hirsch, a United Petroleum founder, was proposing a 10-storey commercial building at 218-228 Hoddle Street.

In September, Carlton & United Breweries announced it would quit its Brewhouse at South Audley Street – a hospitality venue purpose built for it, in the 1990s – but which it sold in 2008 with a leaseback.

Artist’s impression of the top level at 20-30 Mollison Street, Abbotsford, with terrace.

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Marc Pallisco

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