Oceana Property Partners purchases Canberra’s striking West Block commercial building / 18 February 2022

West Block is OPP’s third acquisition since October and the first in the nation’s capital.

Oceana Property Partners is proud to announce the purchase of Canberra’s striking West Block commercial building.

The iconic white and red brick 1928-built property is a 400m walk from Parliament House and the Hyatt Hotel and was previously occupied by the Australian Electoral Commission until 2015.

OPP settled on the building in February, purchasing it off-market from Canberra developer Geocon. OPP Chief Executive Officer Grant Traub and Head of Investments Kalen Foster worked with Knight Frank director Alex McColl on the negotiations.

Long regarded for its rich Australian history, West Block was the location where Prime Minister John Curtin phoned Winston Churchill to inform him Australia would join Britain in World War II. The property features an historic 1942 air raid shelter which was used as a communications hub and specially adapted in 1945 for a British-made Typex cypher machine.

Located on a tranquil, 1.7ha site, the 8,699sqm property is surrounded by native flora with views to Black Mountain.

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