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Bondy's old office up for lease

NEWS.com.au

May 10, 2009 10:32am

WHETHER you're intrigued by its infamous past or attracted to the spectacular views, an infamous Australian office space could soon be yours.
The BankWest Tower office where Alan Bond sat while his corporate world fell apart will soon be up for lease.

And with Bond expected to return home to Perth from London this year, there is even a chance he'll back on top of what was once known as "Bondy's Tower".

Despite Bond going bankrupt in 1992 after what was Australia's biggest corporate collapse, the inside of his offices have never been seen by the public. 

The office hasn't changed since the days Bond was in it.

The office, on the 50th level of BankWest Tower, is occupied by Luke Saraceni of Saracen Properties, who has been there for five years.

The lease will be up in November.

"When we first came here it was full of documents and files, I think they were the solicitor's documents," Mr Saraceni said.

"A lot of people said `Don't you think it could be bad luck being here?'. But it certainly hasn't been for us.

"I'm sure our meetings aren't as interesting as some Alan may have had, though."

The office is about 65sqm and still has Bond's original desk, chair and boardroom table in it. It also has the only lift to the 51st floor, where Bond had a spa and where the Van Gogh Irises painting, which he bought for $54 million, was hung for a short time.

One floor features a spiral staircase and boardrooms where Bond held meetings.

A massive 27,000sqm of office space is currently for lease in BankWest Tower, some of the space still with the original Bond fitout.

BankWest is relocating to Raine Square in mid-2010, and BankWest Tower will then become known simply as 108 St Georges Terrace.

The new BankWest building in Raine Square will be called BankWest House.
Knight Frank is the leasing agent for the office space.

Bond is heading back in Australia with his fresh fortune earned through an African diamond venture, living in a two-storey mansion in Cottesloe.

- Perth Now

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