Corrected: ABC’s Elsternwick offices have been sold to Woolworths for between $40m -$50m according to a Fairfax article.
The 6,155 square metre Selwyn Street site, a 3 minute walk from ABC’s Ripponlea Studios in Gordon Street is “mixed use” and largely comprises office space, storage and car park. It is home to the Melbourne publicity team and production teams for shows such as Mad as Hell, The Weekly, Hard Quiz, or previously rented by Foxtel for Open Slather.
Woolworths purchase of the property will claim a footprint in the area with Coles expected to announce an exit from its Glenhuntly Road site, as part of an apartment redevelopment.
An ABC spokesman said, “The sale is a key component of a long-term strategy to integrate all of the ABC Melbourne’s operations at its Southbank headquarters to create a greater level of connectivity and efficiency.
“Staff from Selwyn St will commence moving to the ABC’s Southbank headquarters in April 2017.”
ABC’s historic Gordon Street studios are also being decommissioned as ABC rehouses staff and productions at its expanded site in Sturt Street, Southbank.
Elsternwick is also the rumoured location for the next season of The Block, just a stone’s throw from the Gordon Street building.
Note: An earlier report noted Gordon Street studios had been sold. Apologies for any confusion.