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Construction complete on $350M Swanston Central high-rise

Multiplex has completed Swanston Central, a $350 million high-rise development in Melbourne’s central business district.

Multiplex has completed Swanston Central, a $350 million high-rise development in Melbourne’s central business district.

Located on the former Carlton United Brewery site at 160 Victoria Street in Carlton, the building includes 1045 residential apartments, 2500 square metres of retail space and 345-metres of office space. The site operated as a brewery for more than 100 years, from 1864 until 1987 when it was demolished and left vacant.

The 71-storey building’s highest point is 257 above street level, designed by architects Elenberg Fraser for developer Hengyi.

Work began on Swanston Central on 23 August 2016, with more than 1000 people working on site throughout construction.

A range of construction techniques were used during the project, including the use of precast formwork to build outriggers on the face of levels 22, 47 and 48, and the installation of the entire curtain wall behind screeds to improve safety.

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Swivel arm technology was used to install curtain wall glass to free-standing hero columns without the need for tower cranes or mobile cranes.

It also features a 50,000-litre rainwater tank for irrigation, pool top up and backwash.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director Graham Cottam said the contractor was delighted to complete the landmark high-rise development for Hengyi.

“With a rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, the delivery of Swanston Central has seen the original Carlton Brewing site reborn into a vibrant vertical village,” Cottam said.

“Supported by our extensive experience in high-rise construction, we’re proud to have delivered Swanston Central on time and to an exceptional standard for residents.”

Swanston Central features a landscaped common area plaza with a mixture of shops across the ground level. Resident facilities include a lap pool, two spas, sauna, steam room and four cabana areas.

Level 47 features private dining rooms, golf simulators, games rooms, a library and two cinema media rooms. A sky lounge on Level 69 provides an open plan common area that can be booked for events and parties.

Its signature element is the use of interlocking glass panels that change colour from green to silver and pink.

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