Aurora Melbourne Central strata office collection sold out on back of limited CBD supply

Colliers International sells 18 strata offices on behalf of UEM Sunrise

A limited supply of new strata office space in the Melbourne CBD has seen a wide range of buyers snap up the remaining suites at UEM Sunrise’s Aurora Melbourne Central.

Colliers International’s Chris Ling, Anthony Kirwan and Oliver Hay have successfully sold all 18 suites making up the commercial office component of the high profile mixed use project at 224-252 La Trobe Street in Melbourne. 

The 18 suites represent 3,100sqm of office space from Level 1 to Level 7 and have been acquired by a wide range of buyers over the past 12 months, for a total realisation exceeding $31 million. 

Mr Ling said the strong demand had been fuelled by minimal supply.

“There is currently no confirmed strata office development pipeline in the Melbourne CBD, which has meant this premium project in a first class location – with a direct connect to Melbourne Central – has been highly sought,” he said. 

“The sale of these 18 ‘cold shell’ offices have set a new benchmark in the Melbourne CBD office market. There has been a strong representation of all buyer types including SMSFs, future owner-occupiers, local and offshore investors and private syndicates and funds.”

The suites ranged from 171sqm to 415sqm and from $1.65million to $4.027million in sale price, with an average rate over $10,000sqm.

The offices will be located on the podium levels of a 92-storey residential, serviced apartment and retail tower facing La Trobe Street and Little La Trobe Street in the heart of Melbourne’s business and financial centre. 

Mr Kirwan said the Melbourne strata office market had experienced an increase in investor demand in 2018; with buyers attracted to the positively geared returns and low vacancy rate.

“Buyers are willing to pay premium prices to secure CBD strata-titled assets and capitalise on the low interest rate environment,” he said. “We received 338 registered buyer enquiries for Aurora, showcasing the enormous depth and demand for strata office stock in the CBD.”
Mr Ling said there had been a shift in developer focus from residential to strata office projects in 2018, with restrictions on foreign purchasers and added acquisition costs having an impact on residential sales and projects.

“The funding of residential sites seems to have become slightly more difficult and strata office is a viable alternative option for conversion,” he said. “Planning is in favour and this is encouraging for new office developments in inner Melbourne.”

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Chris Ling

Associate Director | Melbourne City Sales

Melbourne CBD

Chris is an Associate Director within the Melbourne City Sales Team primarily specialising in office and retail assets within the City of Melbourne. In his position he works closely with a diverse range of clients including high net worth privates, small to medium size businesses and developers. He is dedicated to exceeding client expectations while managing their transactions and providing professional, strategic advice with regards to their commercial property matters. As head of the National Strata Platform, Chris prides himself in building and maintaining long term relationships with a range of Colliers International’s national clients and liaises directly with a team of specialist agents dedicated to the strata market.

Having completed a Bachelor of Environments majoring in (Property) and achieving the Dean’s Award in the Masters of Property at the University of Melbourne, he has gained strong technical knowledge of commercial property as well as an intricate understanding of the commercial property market and the most active buyers.


Highlight Transactions

Aurora Melbourne Central - 224 La Trobe Street - ~$31,000,000 (circa $10,200/sqm 

Collins Tower, 580 Collins Street - $5,000,000 

Level 5, 100 Collins Street - $3,450,000

Level 4, 100 Collins Street - $3,200,000

Level 4, 306 Little Collins Street - $2,580,000

Mering House, 278 Collins Street - $2,750,000 to $2,880,000

Level 2, 55 Exhibition Street - $3,000,000

Level 9, 221 Queen Street - $3,000,000 

Lots 2 & 3, 420 Spencer Street - $2,800,000 

Shops 9 & 11, 1 Little Collins Street - $2,640,000

Level 5, 271 William Street - $2,500,000

67 Pelham Street, Carlton - $820,000

Level 5, 171 La Trobe Street - $2,465,000

Level 2 & 3, 501 La Trobe Street - $2,310,000 - $2,380,000

Level 7, 552 Lonsdale Street - $2,000,000

Half Level 4, 11-19 Bank Place - $2,300,000

Level 3, 377 Little Lonsdale Street - $2,000,000

Corner Level 2, 2 Collins Street - $1,130,000

Level 7, 313 Little Collins Street - $1,252,000

Suite 202, 546 Collins Street - $1,000,000

Suite 310, 546 Collins Street - $1,175,000

Ground Floor, 501 Little Collins Street - $1,040,000

28 Aquitania Way, Docklands - $1,675,000

18 Aquitania Way, Docklands - $1,650,000

10 Morrison Place, East Melbourne - $3,000,000

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Oliver Hay

National Director | Melbourne City Sales

Melbourne CBD

Oliver is an experienced National Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Real Estate industry. Skilled in negotiation, customer service and real estate transactions, Oliver is a strong operating professional who has received numerous accolades throughout his career. Oliver’s strong client relationships are proof of his success and his drive to achieve the best possible outcome for all clients is unmatched. With a focus in the City of Melbourne, Oliver has transacted some of Melbourne’s largest and most significant deals and continues to play a major role in breaking market records.

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Anthony Kirwan

Manager | Melbourne City Sales

Melbourne CBD

Anthony is a Manager within Colliers International Melbourne City Sales Team and leading commercial real estate agent within the Melbourne CBD & City Fringe property markets.

Having been actively involved in the sale of all Strata Projects in the Melbourne CBD since early 2015, Anthony has transacted property on behalf of the some of Melbourne’s most prominent developers and high net worth families including UEM Sunrise (Malaysia), MAB Corporation, Stamoulis Property Group, Mering Corporation and Vicland. Also working with privates, family offices, businesses and offshore investors, Anthony has a strong ability to build quick rapport and genuine relationships which translates to timely and outstanding sale results for his clients.

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