Having been predominately focused on the residential market for over twenty years, the expansion of its portfolio aims to capitalise on the under supply of affordable boutique office buildings in Melbourne’s inner north.
“Pace’s specific local focus and integrated builder-developer model allows us to work across sectors with an agility not afforded to other businesses of our size,” said Planning and Design Manager at Pace Development Group, Michael Holah.
“Over the years, commercial projects have piqued our interest, though none have presented with the potential of 51 Langridge,” said Holah.
“Our aim is to create a highly sustainable and contextually relevant workplace that will fill a void in the local market for small to medium enterprises.”
Approval for the building was granted earlier this month, when City of Yarra handed down a permit for a 10-storey building with a net lettable area of 3,000sqm.
“With smaller floor plates of 250sqm to 300sqm, the building is catering to creative and entrepreneurial businesses of 15 to 20, which will have the unique opportunity to occupy a whole floor,” said Holah.
“The smaller floor plates are exactly what the market is looking for,” said Holah.
“We see this striking a real chord with businesses wanting a contemporary upgrade, those priced out of suburbs such as Richmond and Cremorne, as well as those currently located in a co-working environment that have grown enough to warrant their own office space,” said Holah.
“Unlike its CBD counterparts, this project is designed to capture the Collingwood feel and the ethos that the suburb stands for – SJB Architects has conceptualised something truly reflective of both the site’s surrounds and the cultures of the businesses that will grow here.”
From an architectural perspective, 51 Langridge is a building that presents a contemporary insertion into Collingwood, yet takes a variety of formal, material and construction cues from its many historic neighbours.
Brick is a familiar and tactile building block prevalent in Collingwood and exists at the base of the building, as does a boutique food and beverage offering for local workers and the building’s own occupants. Expressed concrete lintels in the lower three levels reference the concrete and bluestone lintels and sills prevalent in the historic buildings.
“Rising up the building, a series of gardens and outdoor spaces punctuate the facade, with light pouring into the working spaces, for an outcome that blends both urban and natural environments,” said SJB Director, Amanda Roberts.
“Particular consideration has been given to creating an efficient and economic design, where deliberate design decisions around solar panels, green spaces, rainwater harvesting and operable glass louvres were all made to optimise the office spaces,” said Roberts.
Construction will commence shortly, with 51 Langridge expected to be completed in 2019.