PERTH, 13 September 2012 – Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (NYSE, TSX: BPO) (“Brookfield”) has today announced the official opening of Brookfield Place Perth, its landmark 45-level, premium-grade development and associated heritage buildings in Perth, Western Australia.
The office tower is 100% leased to anchor tenant BHP Billiton, PwC and Barrick Gold, all of which have now completed their fit-outs and commenced moving into the property.
Additional tenants expected to move into the heritage buildings over the coming months and its major four-level bar and restaurant, Print Hall, is due to open to the public from 18 September. The precinct’s other restaurants, cafes, bars and shops are continuing to open.
Kurt Wilkinson, COO of Brookfield Office Properties Australia, said: “Today is the culmination of a great deal of hard work to bring a vision of a new, vibrant inner-city precinct to life.
“When planning this project, we wanted to create Perth’s premier business address alongside a new and active CBD destination, through sophisticated restaurants, bars and retail space. We are proud to have achieved that aim and I congratulate the team on delivering a development which has truly redefined Perth’s skyline.”
Brookfield Place Perth will be officially opened this evening with a plaque unveiling by the Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker and Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi. The opening event will include a welcome to country performed by Richard Walley OAM, entertainment from the WA Symphony Orchestra and an aerial acrobatics performance.
Brookfield Place’s office tower has been awarded a ‘5-Star Green Star – Office Design v2 Certified Rating’ by the Green Building Council of Australia. The rating represents ‘Australian Excellence’ in environmentally sustainable design and recognises a number of the building’s features, including energy efficient systems and ‘grey water’ recycling.
Plans continue for Brookfield Place Perth’s second commercial tower, which has development approval for a 16-level, premium-grade office tower with approximately 32,000 square metres (345,000 square feet) of net lettable area. With the inclusion of a second commercial tower, Brookfield Place will comprise over 107,000 square metres (more than 1.1m square feet) of premium-grade office space.
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About Brookfield Office Properties
Brookfield Office Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in the United States, Canada and Australia. Its portfolio is comprised of interests in 112 properties totaling 7.5 million square metres (80 million square feet) in the downtown cores of New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, making it the global leader in the ownership and management of office assets. Landmark properties include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles, Bankers Hall in Calgary, Darling Park in Sydney and Brookfield Place in Perth. The company’s common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com.
About Brookfield Place Perth
Brookfield Place Perth is one of Australia’s most significant commercial developments. Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD, the development’s centrepiece is a premium-grade, 45-level office tower incorporating the latest in workplace design over 75,000 square metres (807,300 square feet) of which BHP Billiton is the anchor tenant. Brookfield Place Perth provides new civic space in Perth’s CBD through a unique heritage retail area, offering a variety of food and beverage options in some of the city’s most important sympathetically restored historical buildings. In total, the project comprises a net lettable area of approximately 86,000 square metres (926,000 square feet). Brookfield Place Perth is fully owned, managed and built by Brookfield and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit www.brookfieldplaceperth.com
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