Planning support for new GMHBA HQ in Geelong

Hansen Partnership has lodged a planning permit application on behalf of diversified commercial property group Quintessential Equity for a new multi-million dollar, nine storey development in Moorabool Street, Geelong. The anchor tenant for the new development will be Geelong based health insurance provider GMHBA.

Designed by Cox Architecture, the development has active frontages at the ground floor with three retail tenancies, one cafe and a commercial lobby with 9,304 square metres of leasable A-grade commercial space, two roof terraces (one north-facing and overlooking the bay) with laneway activation and streetscape improvements on the corner of Gore Place and Corio Street.

The new building will replace the health fund’s existing Moorabool Street office building which opened in 1963. The project is due to start in mid to late 2019 and will take about two years to complete creating approximately 600 jobs.

GMHBA, one of the largest employers in the region, is a not-for-profit, members-based health organisation which has operated from Geelong for over 80 years. It is Australia’s largest regional health insurance and care company, recently expanding its core GP and insurance services to cover eye care and dental care.

This new development signifies an exciting opportunity for GMBHA to expand their operations, retain and attract staff with the building set to become a landmark in the heart of Geelong’s central business district, cementing its reputation as a world class waterfront city.

Hansen Partnership was also responsible for securing planning approval for Quintessential Equity’s WorkSafe Victoria headquarters at 1 Malop Street which opened in July 2018. As Geelong’s tallest commercial building, the redevelopment of this site saw the transfer of more than 700 jobs to the region.

For more information about Hansen’s expertise in statutory planning for commercial and institutional clients, contact Hansen Partnership Planning Director Damian Iles.

Image: Cox Architecture