Michelle Burk: delivering one of Sydney’s great new icons

Celebrating Brookfield Women

10 March 2021: As part of our month-long celebration of Women’s History Month this March, Brookfield Properties is proud to put the spotlight on our female leaders who continue to achieve, innovate and raise the benchmark in both our workplace and the broader industry.

Recently featured in the Property Council of Australia’s ‘Secret Stars of Property’ series, Michelle Burk is a Development Manager and part of the team responsible for delivering the $2 billion Brookfield Place Sydney development project – one of the city’s most exciting new mixed-use developments.

She is responsible for overseeing a complex and broad range of aspects of the development project including managing government and private stakeholders, assisting with complex, high-end commercial lease negotiations, developing engagement with key stakeholders to improve the precinct, leading the third space strategy for the project and liaising closely with the construction team in the delivery of the project ahead of its completion in 2021.

Dynamic and broad scope

According to Michelle, the dynamic pace and broad scope and diversity of her role keep it exciting and engaging.

“I love the diversity of my role as a Development Manager because no two days are ever the same. It brings together all the critical elements needed for a successful development, from ensuring we deliver transformational workplaces for our tenants, to managing the people and relationships of various stakeholders as we work to achieve a common goal. As we lead into project completion this year, it is great to be reminded how much the team has worked together in creating a long-lasting impression on the city skyline and see firsthand the revitalisation of a pivotal CBD precinct. With over 90% of our office space now leased, it is testament to the product and the hard work of all involved,” she said.

Michelle joined Brookfield Properties in 2016 in a graduate program and has progressed in quick succession to Assistant Development Manager and now Development Manager for Brookfield Place Sydney.

A savvy relationship builder

Carl Schibrowski, Executive Vice President & Co-Head, Brookfield Properties noted Michelle is a savvy relationship builder.

“In particular, her strength is in dealing with complex leasing and tenancy matters – and doing this by building strong relationships through trust. At Brookfield Place Sydney she has played an essential role in securing several high-profile tenant groups, securing their long-term commitments, and managing their transition and integration with the project,” he said.

With over eight years of experience in the commercial property sector, Michelle started her career in leasing and tenant representation, holding roles within a high-profile real estate agency before changing paths to property development.

Prior to joining Brookfield Properties, Michelle worked within the tenant representation team at the commercial real estate agency CBRE and was responsible for the negotiation of large corporate transactions across Sydney as well as managing commercial property portfolios across Australia and New Zealand.

“My background in leasing and tenant representation is an excellent platform for working on a large-scale commercial development. While COVID-19 presents distinct challenges to the commercial office sector, it has challenged us even further to ensure we deliver a truly next-generation workplace and reaffirm the importance of the office in building business culture,” she said.

Brookfield Place Sydney will begin welcoming its first office tenants, NAB, Brookfield and Allianz within the next few months.

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