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Geelong development: Plans for 1 Malop St support green CBD vision

30 OCTOBER 2015

The 1 Malop St project is getting a green makeover.

The 1 Malop St project is getting a green makeover.

GEELONG’S CBD and waterfront precinct has been earmarked for some serious green by a major developer.

Quintessential Equity head Shane Quinn, the man behind the proposed more than $100 million transformation of 1 Malop St into a high-end office tower, has overhauled plans to transform the site into a vertical greenscape.

Speaking to the Geelong Advertiser this week, Mr Quinn revealed he was not only hoping to have 1 Malop St, Geelong, under construction as early as February, but also wanted to purchase two additional properties in or near the waterfront Deakin University precinct in order to develop a further office building as well as student accommodation.

Mr Quinn said he hoped to acquire the properties within 12 months.

“We are definitely on the lookout for another office building location we can build on, and then see where it goes from there,” he said.

The green plan ties with the 'City in the Park' vision.

The green plan ties with the ‘City in the Park’ vision.

“We also really want to get involved with student accommodation, following my attendance at the Geelong Economic Strategy Workshop less than two weeks ago where I was made aware through some of the brainstorming sessions of the need for student accommodation and the benefit that would bring to the town centre.”

In revised plans for 1 Malop St, balconies would be filled with plants and “green walls” incorporated into the site to transform it into a vertical bookend to the proposed City in the Park concept.

“The idea is to pull Johnstone Park up and into the building,” Mr Quinn said.

“We have tried to incorporate the greenery of the ‘City in the Park’ concept to wrap up our building with the outdoor areas that we’ve incorporated into the new design and … integration of the greenery within the building.”

Geelong deputy mayor Michelle Heagney said she believed efforts by the council to make change in the city’s CBD were now being recognised by developers.

“We are just starting to get to the tipping point now,” Cr Heagney said.

“People can see that council is serious about making changes to our CBD and that is building investor confidence and people are starting to spend based on that.”

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