Animal welfare group Lort Smith is building a veterinary centre and adoption hub on a major industrial site it quietly picked up two years ago, in Campbellfield.
The 1.6 hectare tract, 25-35 Berwick Road, cost c$2.5 million.
Construction will set it back about $10m according to planning documents.
Development is underway and due for completion by the end of the year.
Lort Smith said, as well as a hospital, the complex will allow it to expand outreach services and programs – one aimed to reduce surrenders through behavioural support.
The street is about 18 kilometres north of Melbourne.
CBRE marketed the Campbellfield property.
Elsewhere in the suburb, last month, we reported IKEA sold a site where it planned to build a store to a local industrial developer (story continues below).
Villiers Street site earmarked for “world class healthcare and wellbeing facility”
The Campbellfield facility will operate alongside Lort Smith’s North Melbourne headquarters which is also undergoing building works – an extension and refurbishment (story continues below).
That inner city holding, at Villiers Street, comprising a hospital and adoption centre, is intended for a “world class healthcare and wellbeing facility” with new and improved medical services.
The land is in part of the city recently branded Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, or unofficially, “the Parkville precinct”.
Last year CSL announced it would relocate its headquarters to an unbuilt Elizabeth St office, in the pocket.
The University of Melbourne’s Trinity College also pre-committed to an office set to take shape next to that.
Lort Smith expects its North Melbourne facility to be “a premier” veterinary hospital “allowing Australia to stand shoulder to shoulder with global peers” in regard to capabilities.