Metro moves into $A110m offices

A NEW era is about to begin for staff of Melbourne’s iconic broadsheet, The Age.
Their new $110 million building was opened yesterday by Victorian Premier John Brumby, and staff will begin moving in at the end of next month.

The offices are magnificant – a far cry from the current building, which had to be among the most outdated newspaper offices anywhere in the region.

Media House, which took two years to build, has been leased back to Fairfax for 25 years by builder Grocon.

It will accommodate all Fairfax’s assets in the city – its newspapers, including Fairfax Community Network publications and the Melbourne bureau of the Australian Financial Review – plus magazines, Fairfax Digital and radio stations 3AW 693 and Magic1278.

The journalists should all be in the new building by December 14, while the commercial areas move at the end of November.

Chairman Ron Walker, who hands over his post to Roger Corbett in two days, said he was proud to have been involved in the project “brick by brick”.

It is an architectural landmark for more reasons than dominating the
Collins St entrance to Melbourne’s thriving Docklands commercial and entertainment precinct.

The building stands on four steel pillars, each weighing 75 tonnes.
They were put in place between live electric cables used for the city’s train system.

The building itself was constructed over the top of the rail lines and did not once disrupt services.

Mr Walker said this element of the construction made Media House a unique achievement.

During the project, not 30 minutes was lost to a workplace injury or industrial action, he said.

Media House has seven stories – with the radio stations taking the top floor.
Designers have allowed for 1239 workstations. It has only 109 bike racks but maybe that is because the building is next door to a the Spencer St train
station – a major transportation hub.

In terms of green credentials, Media House has a 5-star rating.

Fairfax will reduce its carbon emissions from its offices by 36 percent, cutting the electricity bill by a third.

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