VCAT on the move with Court Services Victoria issuing a 20,000 square metre leasing requirement


Court Services Victoria (CSV) has issued a major leasing requirement to relocate the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal out of 55 King Street.

Today, it has invited Requests of Information be submitted for the 20,000 square metre commitment.

PwC Australia’s David McDougall, Ross Hamilton and Elizabeth Walsh are representing the state government.

The tenancy brief calls for proposed headquarter replacements to be located within or close to the Melbourne CBD legal precinct.

CSV seeks an area appropriate to configure with ancillary spaces, which will be used for judiciary services, as well as traditional offices.

As with other Melbourne CBD courts, part of the ground floor lobby would need to be accessed solely for its entrance. Furthermore, this space needs to be big enough to be fit out with security, including screening and metal detector testing areas for machines to undertake X-ray inspecting.

CSV also wants basement car parking, end-of-trip facilities and for the surrounding outside environment to be “pleasant and safe for staff and visitors”.

Though it hasn’t specified a building quality, VCAT currently occupies an A-grade premises.

The government will consider existing offices or pre-committing to a new one.

It wants to be out of Charter Hall’s 55 King Street by 2021, but would consider a lease starting between 2020 and 2022.

Charter Hall is proposing to build a major office next door to 55 King Street after picking up that site (555 Collins Street) for $140 million, last December.

In June, VCAT leased a 1050 sqm space at 20 Atherton Street, Oakleigh. It occupies about 60 suburban dispute resolution centres.

Court Services Victoria is hoping to move the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal out of Charter Hall’s 55 King Street in 2021.

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