Charter Hall Wins Approval for Heritage Listed Office Tower


Charter Hall and Walker Corporation’s office schemes in Adelaide’s CBD have received the green light from the state commission assessment panel.

Charter Hall plans to build a hefty 15-storey office and retail building on Southern Cross Arcade, retaining the heritage façade and canopy of the existing art-deco Sands and McDougall building.

The ASX-listed group secured the 60 King William Street site in August, lodging plans for a 64.4 metre high Cox Architecture-designed building.

It will have a 2,750sq m supermarket, 1,000sq m ground floor commercial area and 39,00sq m of office space which is understood to be the preferred option for Services Australia who deliver Medicare, Centrelink and other federal programs.

The former Sands and McDougall building gained a state heritage listing status during the pre-lodgement process and will be incorporated into the podium of the building.

It will also create a pedestrian link through to Rundle Mall while improving the existing pedestrian links and spaces.

Meanwhile, Walker Corporation has gained approval to make changes to its 27-level office tower and retail building designed by JPW in Adelaide Festival Plaza.

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▲ Walker Corporation's plans for Festival Square in Adelaide
▲ Walker Corporation's project called Festival Square in Adelaide has had a number of changes on the design in the past month. Image: JPW

They include changing the building design and internal configuration as well as adding a new pedestrian walkway.

The panel considered the changes to be “overall positive” but told the applicant to reconsider the alignment of one of the retail pavilions to be “more respectful of the contextual setting of Parliament House”.

As a result Walker group decided to keep the plans for that section that were discussed by the panel earlier in the month.

The original Adelaide Festival Plaza application was approved in 2016 and includes a basement parking, a two and three-level retail building along the plaza and offices above.

Prior to the most recent Covid-19 six-day shutdown, the Adelaide CBD was one of the busiest city centres in the country with activity in the city at 78 per cent of pre pandemic levels.

Office occupancy was the third highest behind Hobart and Perth sitting at 77 per cent.

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