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Law Institute of Victoria sells long-term CBD headquarters

Colliers International negotiates sale of 470 Bourke Street

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) has sold its long-term CBD headquarters at 470 Bourke Street Melbourne for more than $30 million. 

The final sale price and purchaser details are confidential, however, selling agents Colliers International confirmed the result comfortably exceeded the Law Institute’s reserve price.

The nine-storey 470 Bourke Street office building has a net lettable area of 3,339 square metres. The underlying land area is 916 square metres with dual street frontages to Bourke Street and Little Bourke Street with direct access to the prestigious Melbourne legal precinct.

LIV Chief Executive Officer Nerida Wallace said: “Our building has served the Law Institute and the community well for almost 40 years. We’re excited to be moving to modern accommodation within the legal precinct so we can better support our members, the legal profession and the community.”

The property was offered by International Expressions of Interest by Colliers International Melbourne City Sales Team Oliver Hay, Matt Stagg, Daniel Wolman and David Sia. The purchaser was represented by Rob Harrington of Fitzroys.

The LIV sold the property subject to a six-month leaseback to provide sufficient time to relocate to another building within the legal precinct.

Colliers International selling agent Oliver Hay said the campaign generated more than 130 buyer enquires and multiple bids from a range of owner-occupiers, investors and developers.  The strong buyer response was due to the property’s prime location in Bourke Street and limited supply of significant freehold offerings during the first quarter of 2018.

Matt Stagg added the strong Melbourne CBD office leasing market and low interest rate environment had fuelled purchaser demand for commercial investments in the Melbourne CBD from local and international investors. 

The Law Institute of Victoria was advised on the sale by Charter Keck Cramer and Russell Kennedy Lawyers. The LIV is examining several leasing opportunities and is being advised by Charter Keck Cramer in the process.

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