CEO of KPMG Australia, Mr Gary Wingrove said, “Our move to Collins Square is a bold statement about the next generation of KPMG in Victoria, and aligns with our aspiration to create the workplace of the future. As work styles and practices evolve, we want to be able to work in new and agile ways that will enrich our employee and client experiences – and this state-of-the-art, purpose-built building will allow us to do just that.”
“The building’s innovative workplace design will enable us to work more productively, collaboratively and creatively, with flow on benefits for our people and our clients,” said Mr Wingrove.
KPMG’s Sky Building will be an icon of Melbourne’s cityscape. The space will feature meeting and waiting areas centred around an atrium, with staff located around the façade to access abundant natural light and city views. An internal open staircase establishes a visible connection between the eleven-floor space.
Early works for the new 55,000 square metre office tower have now commenced with completion anticipated for late 2016. KPMG expects to move into the building in early 2017.
Chairman of Walker Corporation, Mr Lang Walker, said “We are delighted to sign KPMG. Their signing reinforces Collins Square as Melbourne’s leading new commercial, retail and hospitality centre.”
“We have completed and delivered close to 100,000 square metre of premium office, retail and entertainment space in Collins Square. Our popular Lunch Room and restaurant Bar Nacional, Mr Collins and Long Shot cafe are now drawing thousands of workers and residents every day,” he said.
Mr Walker added that a major factor in the success of the five tower project had been Walker Corporation’s willingness to create customised solutions for every tenant looking for efficient, productive and comfortable space for staff, clients and customers. “This point of difference underpins the negotiations we have entered into with tenants that share KPMG’s vision for a world class property solution.”
KPMG joins other tenants in Collins Square including Transurban, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Marsh & McLennan Companies, the Australian Taxation Office, Penguin Random House, and Pearson.
KPMG’s leasing decision follows a national strategic review of the firm’s property requirements.
Commercial terms were not disclosed.