The principal office of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania will move to the new Wesley Place development at 130 Lonsdale St Melbourne sometime mid-2020.
This remarkable 35-storey office complex has been constructed on land owned by the Uniting Church, on and around the historically significant Wesley Church. A unique transaction with the developer Charter Hall means the site has not been sold. It is being leased from the Uniting Church for 125 years, assuring the church’s future as a place of worship and community gathering for perpetuity.
The Wesley Place development has included a comprehensive and sympathetic restoration of the bluestone Wesley Church and outbuildings including the Manse, Caretaker’s Cottage, Schoolhouse and Nicholas Hall. Together, these are often describes as “one of the finest examples of in-tact neo-gothic architecture in Melbourne”.
Significantly, the move to Wesley Place in 2020 will also bring together the Uniting Church Synod office and all of the UCA’s agencies (Uniting VicTas, Uniting AgeWell, U-Ethical) under one roof for the first time.
The refurbishment of the site at ground level will provide a revitalised precinct with contemplative spaces, sections for communal activities, and cafes and dining areas. The redevelopment has also preserved an olive tree, believed to be the oldest in Australia, which will become the focal point of a new green urban sanctuary and tower square.
For further information, visit the Wesley Place website www.wesleyplace.com.au