Major Projects and Development

Minter Ellison has one of Australia's leading major projects and property development practices, having played a role in the delivery of many of Australia's most iconic projects. Our substantial experience and industry participation places us at the forefront of the issues affecting the development industry.

Our team advises on the full spectrum of large development projects, including urban renewal projects, transit oriented development, master planned residential communities, mixed use developments, retirement villages and aged care developments, strata development, tourism and leisure developments, university and student accommodation and major infrastructure projects.

Our work includes site acquisition, due diligence, land resumption, project structuring, development applications and approvals, project financing, PPPs, infrastructure agreements, joint ventures, environmental compliance, titling and land tenures, land use integration and strata schemes.

Government clients include the Queensland Government, Places Victoria, East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Port of Melbourne Authority, Railcorp, QRN, North Queensland Bulk Ports and Sydney Ports Corporation. Private sector clients include Mirvac, Australand, DEXUS, Westfield, Brookfield Multiplex, Springfield Land Corporation, Coles and IKEA.

NSW Ports Refinancings

Our Ports team is the leading legal specialists in this sector, with key roles advising on all recent major national port refinancing deals. We were the sole legal advisers to NSW Treasury in relation to the A$5.07 billion restructure and refinancing of the State-owned assets of Port Botany and Port Kembla, with proceeds from the transaction to be invested in the NSW Government's infrastructure fund, Restart NSW. That transaction completed on 31 May 2013.

Brisbane Airport parallel runway

The cornerstone of the Brisbane Airport Corporation's infrastructure program for Australia's third-busiest airport is a new Parallel Runway, expected to be completed by 2020. We are currently supporting BAC with the development and implementation of a procurement strategy for Stage 1 of the proposed A$1.3 billion runway.

Walker Corporation Rhodes Peninsula

Acted for Walker Corporation in its redevelopment of waterfront land at Rhodes, NSW. The development is an estimated A$800 million project which involved a paint factory site being remediated and redeveloped to a mixed-use, high-rise, shopping centre, residential and commercial village.

Parliament Square redevelopment, Tasmania

Advised Tasmania's Department of Treasury and Finance on a 3-stage divestment process to sell and redevelop Parliament Square, located adjacent to Parliament House and comprising a number of abandoned buildings. Our team prepared the RFT documentation, negotiated the development arrangements and advised on complicated interface issues with the adjoining Parliament House.

DEXUS acquisition of Kings Square, Perth

Acted for DEXUS Property Group in relation to the acquisition and development of 3 new mixed-use building at Kings Square in Perth. This acquisition and development, which has been described as the biggest commercial property pre-sale in Western Australia with an estimated cost on completion of $434.8 million, will comprise three A-grade office buildings to be developed by Leighton Properties.