South East Water Corporate Headquarters - Frankston

July 2013
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SJB Planning has successfully assisted South East Water Corporation (SEWC) to obtain planning approval for the relocation of the company's corporate offices to a new purpose built facility in Playne Street, Frankston, within the Frankston Central Activity District.

With administration staff spread over existing offices, SEWC undertook an extensive process to bring together these disconnected offices into a single corporate headquarters for over 700 employees.

The choice was made to construct the new head office in Playne Street, within the Frankston Central Activity District, informed by SEWC's accommodation and locational requirements, advice from experts and close collaboration with Frankston City Council.

The new 8 storey building comprises 11,707 m2 of office space and 546 m2 of retail space, 201 onsite car spaces, 130 off site car spaces, a useable rooftop garden and terrace, building sustainable ratings targeting a minimum 5 Star Green Star and 4.5 star NABERS, and the Property Council of Australia (PCA) "A" Grade building status, compliance with the current Victorian Government Office accommodation standards and guidelines, as well as a sensitive interface and connection with the Kananook Creek Boulevard.

Early on in the process it was identified that there was urgency to securing planning permission, which could not be achieved using a 'conventional' planning permit process. This was influenced by the requirement to deliver the new building ready for occupancy by January 2015, to accommodate SEWC’s move from its existing offices, and ensuring appropriate lead-times for detailed design and procurement of the project.

An amendment to the Frankston Planning Scheme was required to enable the use and development of the land for a state of the art multi-storey commercial building. SJB Planning facilitated the planning process to attain the Minister for Planning's approval through site-specific planning in collaboration with Frankston City Council.

SJB Planning's invaluable expertise and experience has delivered planning permission for this significant project, working in a collaborative approach with SEWC, the council and the Minister for Planning's Department.

SJB Planning looks forward to seeing the project move to the construction phase.

Building designed by BVN Donovan Hill, landscape designed by Aspect Studios

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