Architect David Carabott launches Abbotsford office leasing campaign

CHT Architects director David Carabott has launched a leasing campaign for an eight storey office, set to replace an Abbotsford warehouse once occupied by Rove McManus’ Roving Enterprises.

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

CHT Architects will occupy a floor of the 9664 square metre building, relocating from neighbouring Collingwood, also in Melbourne’s inner north east.

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

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

Colliers International’s Ash Dean and Travis Myerscough said the development will also include a gallery, recreation centre, wellness centre and end-of-trip facilities.

A café, and pop-up designer stores, will be targeted to rent the ground floor retail space.

The swank offices will be targeted to occupiers seeking a creative and contemporary space.

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

The design will create a brick warehouse look at its lowest levels – meaning the precinct might appear more industrial-chic after the construction, than it does now.

“The idea is to create an enjoyable place of work, where the physical environment enhances productivity, collaboration, creativity and wellbeing,” Mr Dean said.

“Craftworks will become…a workplace for businesses who value their staff”.

Mr Myerscough added that Craftworks’ commercial space is for rent at just over $500 per sqm, per annum.

This compares to a rate of about $650 per sqm, per annum, for space in Cremorne – part of Richmond, which abuts Abbotsford to the south.

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.

A Google Street View image of the factories at 20-30 Mollison Street, Abbotsford, today. Rove McManus’ Roving Enterprises was once an occupier.

Craftworks makes three new Abbotsford offices unveiled since July

Craftworks is the third Abbotsford office to seek occupiers recently.

In July, we reported that Zagame Corporation was looking for tenants to rent a renovated warehouse converted office at 112 Trenerry Crescent, which it picked up from the Australian Education Union Victorian division for $21 million 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, we reported that Eddie Hirsch, one of the founders of United Petroleum, launched a pre-lease campaign for a 10-storey commercial building at 218-228 Hoddle Street.

In September, we reported that Carlton & United Breweries was quitting 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.

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