Collins Place

35 and 55 Collins Street
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Record height
Tallest in Melbourne from 1978 to 1986
Preceded byNauru House
ANZ at Collins Place
Surpassed bySofitel Hotel at Collins Place
Rialto Towers
General information
TypeHotel and Office
LocationMelbourne, Australia
Coordinates37°48′51″S 144°58′22″E / 37.81417°S 144.97278°E / -37.81417; 144.97278
Construction started1971
Completed1981; 42 years ago (1981)
CostA$270 million
OwnerAMP Wholesale Office Fund and AMP Capital Investors
Height
Roof185
Technical details
Floor count46 levels - 55 Collins Street
50 levels - 35 Collins Street
Floor area94,600 m2 (1,018,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Architect: Pei Cobb Freed and Partners

Collins Place is a large mixed-use complex in the Melbourne central business district, Victoria, Australia. Designed in about 1970 by IM Pei & Partners, and finally completed in 1981, it was Melbourne's first and Australia's largest mixed use project, including basement car-parking, a shopping plaza with professional suites, cinemas and a nightclub in the lower levels, and offices and a high-rise hotel in a pair of towers (35 and 55 Collins Street) above.

History

The development of the project began with the purchase of a number of old buildings in the 'Paris End' of Collins Street by the ANZ Bank in the late 1960s. They acted on the advice of the Montreal-based American Vincent Ponte to join with adjacent land owners to develop an ambitious multi-use complex, similar to those developed in North America in the 1960s. The bank joined with the AMP Society and Mainline Corporation to amalgamate a site of nearly a whole city block, and commissioned a design from the New York firm of Architects, IM Pei & Partners and the Melbourne firm of Bates, Smart & McCutcheon as associate architects in about 1970.

The construction of Collins Place took far longer than anticipated due to the credit squeeze of the 1970s, the collapse of Mainline, and strike action by construction unions. It opened in two stages, the first being the ANZ Bank's office tower in 1978. The hotel, named The Wentworth, and the shopping plaza, dubbed 'the Great Space', opened on 18 May 1981, to great fanfare and a 7-page advertising spread in The Age. The final cost was A$270 million.

The hotel's restaurants at the 35th floor were for many years admired for their views, which Melburnians could enjoy for free by a visit to the toilets on that floor. The cinemas finally opened in 1987 with two screens, known as The Kino, and continue to operate now with seven screens.

The shopping plaza and hotel have been refurbished a number of times; while there have been no major structural alterations the 1970s decor of earth tones has been altered in favour of contemporary colours and materials. More shop fronts have been added or opened up facing the surrounding streets, reducing the enclosed nature of the complex, which was much criticised.

Architecture

The design was based around a pair of towers at 45 degree angles to the Hoddle Grid, with the triangular spaces between forming an open plaza to the street and a shopping court behind the towers. All open spaces are covered by a space frame, with transparent plastic roofing. The hotel occupies the top 15 floors of the 35 Collins Street tower, expressed by smaller exterior windows, and which features a dramatic interior atrium the whole 15 levels. The whole complex is clad in tan-coloured precast masonry panels.

Main tenants

35 Collins Street

  • 3-16, no longer Telstra
  • 17-21, NTT Australia Pty Ltd [Building Signage]
  • 23,24, Victorian Auditor - General's Of
  • 24, Agora Asset Management
  • 25, Amdocs
  • 26, ITS Global
  • 26, Jetro
  • 17 & 29, AMP Capital
  • 30, VCSO - Victory Corporate Serviced Offices
  • 35-50, Sofitel Hotel [Building Signage]

55 Collins Street

  • All floors are completely leased to ANZ
  • There a number of sub-tenants in the building including Drake International, Clark and CG Associates and GTA Consultants.
  • Richie Nasr

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