Oxfam leases new HQ

Oxfam’s modern new headquarters is in a leafy pocket of West Melbourne.

A year after agreeing to sell its Carlton headquarters to student accommodation provider Scape, Oxfam Australia has leased a West Melbourne base.

Scape recently paid c$15m for Oxfam’s ex-Carlton base.

The double storey building, 355 William Street, on the south west corner of Rosslyn, contains 1220 square metres and eight car parks.

WB Simpson & Son’s Richard Simpson was the agent.

“While we are leaving behind 14 years of great memories in our green building in Carlton, now is a time for renewal,” Oxfam chief executive, Lyn Morgain, said.

“Following significant changes to our organisation – as well as to the culture of work due to COVID-19 – it makes sense that our new work home supports our new needs,” she added.

“We are confident this two storey premises will do just that, and we will ensure we put our stamp on it, as we have our [130-138] Leicester St building” according to the executive.

“This is a financially sound decision that offers us flexibility as well as time to plan to meet our evolving and longer-term needs” (story continues below).

Student tower set for ex-Carlton HQ

Oxfam sold its Carlton office of nearly 14 years following a review which found it no longer suited the not-for-profit’s long-term needs.

Scape is understood to be paying c$15 million.

The 975 sqm site is set to be replaced with a 14-level complex containing 334 rooms.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.