111 Bourke Street, also known as Southern Cross West Tower, forms part of the Southern Cross landmark development located at the eastern end of the Melbourne CBD, bordering Bourke and Little Collins Streets.

The A Grade property was completed in 2009 and comprises ground floor retail tenancies, lobby, 20 upper levels of office accommodation and basement parking.

Brookfield Properties engaged CAPACITY Building Emergency Management primarily because of our previous experience with large complex properties and our demonstrated ability to look beyond the perimeter of each building to its surrounds. Our planning has integrated risks and considerations of neighbouring properties to ensure synergy and safety should a major emergency occur that affects more than one building in this part of the CBD.



111 Bourke Street in the head office for Australia Post and forms part of the Southern Cross precinct, comprising Southern Cross West tower (111 Bourke St) and Southern Cross East tower (121 Exhibition Street) interconnected by Southern Cross lane which boasts many cafes and shops.

Due to the proximity and interconnectedness of the two buildings and adjoining laneway, all planning undertaken for both buildings references and takes into account the procedures for the opposite building. This ensures that if an emergency occurs that affects both towers, the emergency response procedures such as evacuation routes do not compromise each other.

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Due to the agile working structure used by tenants, CAPACITY has developed unique systems to provide emergency egress information to all occupants. This Australian first proved to be a convenient and cost-effective addition to traditional occupant information that has since been adopted by five other CAPACITY clients for their facilities.

This best-practice ensures that Brookfield easily meets and exceeds the requirements of AS3745:2010 – Emergency planning for facilities

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Since our association with 111 Bourke Street began, we have conducted a diverse range of emergency exercises for the facility. Exercises initially began by testing basic emergency procedures and involved straightforward evacuation exercises that have matured to complex and intricate exercises that seek to challenge the participants with evolving emergencies. Similarly, responses to contemporary threats have been rehearsed and exercised ensuring that no single point of failure becomes a weakness for the facility or Brookfield.

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