District Docklands

Wealth manager Ashe Morgan has launched Melbourne's first commercial timber tower, Woodwork, in Docklands as part of their $250 million revitalisation of The District.

The 8000sqm tower, constructed from 80 per cent cross-laminated timber, has planning approval for a ground floor lobby, retail space and four large upper levels.

Designed by NH Architecture, the six storey office building will sit atop an existing concrete building. A glass and solid material facade combined with an external living green wall will maximise daylight penetration and reduce solar heat gain. The interiors will feature open floor plans, high ceilings and exposed timber. Occupants will also have access to 24-hour end-of trip facilities.

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“This is a unique building, which has 5.5-star NABERS and Green Star ratings due to the use of CLT, which has the structural strength of traditional concrete and steel but dramatically reduces the building’s environmental impact,” commented Anthony Park on behalf of Ashe Morgan and CBRE.

Ashe Morgan’s Michael Moss said the vision is to create a building designed with wellness in mind.

“We wanted to deliver open floor plans with exposed timber and high ceilings that promises comfort, quality and abundant natural light, with the possibility of natural ventilation and an energy efficient, low-temperature variable air volume system,” Moss said.

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Woodwork will be located on Waterfront Way, adjacent to the Melbourne Star wheel, and forms part of Ashe Morgan’s $250 million revitalisation of The District Docklands, with 150,000 square metres of new office space as part of the overall development of the precinct.

The revitalisation included the recently completed entertainment offering, and will soon be followed by The Market fresh food precinct, a 3800sqm full-line Woolworths supermarket, complemented by Dan Murphy’s, a large scale Asian grocer and Priceline Pharmacy – all due to open in October, 2019.

A proposal is also in progress to connect the Docklands Precinct with public transport options such as West Melbourne train station, the Arden McCauley precinct, E-Gate and the new North Melbourne Metro Station.

It’s expected construction of the Docklands tower will take approximately 18 months.