Fortis strengthens Cremorne foothold with permit approval and practical completion at neighbouring sites

29 May 2024

Diversified development manager Fortis has continued its run of success across its Cremorne pipeline, achieving practical completion at its premium-grade commercial office project Sixty-five Dover and securing planning approval for the neighbouring site at 85 Dover Street.

Built by Cobild with Neoscape appointed as project manager, Sixty-five Dover spans eight storeys across a 1,506sqm site, with 9,324sqm of commercial office space, 90 percent of which was leased prior to completion, with floor plates ranging from 1,365sqm – 1,163sqm.

Sixty-five Dover also features state-of-the-art, elevated amenities including a sauna as part of its end- of-trip facilities, a rooftop multipurpose court that’s complemented by wrap-around terraces, a digital production studio, and a car wash.

The offering is complemented by ground-floor retail including anchor tenant Adidas and the recently announced cult-bakery, Baker Bleu.

Next door to Sixty-five Dover, Fortis has also achieved permit approval on its latest site – a $42 million, eight-storey commercial tower on a 641sqm site at 85 Dover Street, totalling 2,800sqm of net lettable area.

With architecture by Fieldwork, the design of 85 Dover Street will complement the visual aesthetic of its neighbour, blending seamlessly into the streetscape. Construction is expected to commence later this year with estimated completion in 2026.

At 85 Dover Street, Fortis aims to create a commercial hub that mid-sized businesses can grow into, with the flexibility to lease whole or multiple floors enjoying close proximity to Cremorne’s lifestyle and hospitality scene, and accessibility to the CBD.

In keeping with the precinct-shaping successes seen across its other projects – most recently the unveiling of Baker Bleu at Sixty-five Dover – 85 Dover Street will deliver a 92sqm retail tenancy, ensuring the new project will contribute to the urban fabric of Cremorne.

These cumulative Cremorne milestones are reflective of the company’s philosophy of investing strategically in the precincts that surround its projects, according to general manager Tim Mills.

“The Dover Street precinct exemplifies our development philosophy, which is to expand our focus beyond each project to also add value to the entire precinct, creating a lifestyle hub in the process to strengthen ties between each nearby project, while providing a boost to the local area,” he said.

Elsewhere within Sixty-five Dover, Fortis has secured prominent co-working operator The Commons, which is set to open a new coworking space known as ‘Forum’ that will occupy 2,600sqm over two levels.

Set to improve on its existing HQ around the corner on Gwynne Street, The Commons aims to introduce an offering to match Sixty-five Dover’s tenant experience, aesthetic and character.

“We are always looking to expand our expertise, and we’re excited to embark on a new chapter with Forum. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, so in response to the growing demand for flexible workspaces, we’ve set out to create a brand that caters to a distinct audience seeking a luxurious workspace. All Forum members will also have access to all of The Commons locations,” said Commons Co-Founder and Managing Director Cliff Ho.

The Forum co-working spaces will provide tenants a platform to organically grow their operations, accommodating everything from a single coworking desk to standalone workspaces, as well as full- size commercial tenancies within Sixty-five Dover.