Lendlease has received development approval for its A-grade, 10-storey commercial building project above the new underground Metro Tunnel Town Hall Station in Melbourne.  

The mixed-use Town Hall Place development will feature 16,000 sqm of floor space and accommodate up to 1,600 workers, with new laneways, arcades and retail at ground level. 

It will be located at 25 Swanston Street, adjacent to Melbourne’s famed Young and Jackson Hotel and the landmark intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets in the CBD. 

Designed by Hassell architects, Town Hall Place will respond to the heritage of its location with new connections made between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane.  

The revitalised precinct will connect seamlessly to the Metro Tunnel’s Town Hall Station below street level. 

“Town Hall Place is a rare opportunity to reinvigorate this iconic part of Melbourne’s CBD with new laneways and arcades, retail and dining and a next generation workplace that will contribute to the vibrant culture of this renowned area,” said Tom Mackellar, Managing Director of Development at Lendlease. 

“The transformation of this site will showcase how smart over-station development can unlock the potential of our cities by linking key transport interchanges with exceptional retail, workplace, and lifestyle experiences.” 

Scott and Cocker Alleys will be reactivated, with a new contemporary arcade created with approximately 2,000sqm of retail and dining. 

The building will offer views spanning Melbourne’s landmark sites including Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Station, the Arts Centre and the MCG. 

The office building will be all electric and powered 100% by renewable energy for base building operations, providing a pathway for tenants to a carbon neutral workplace.  

It will target a 6 Star Green Star Design & As Built v1.2 rating and pursuing a WELL Gold Core rating. 

Lendlease will act as developer and builder for the development. Construction is expected to commence in 2024.