Victoria Cross Over Station Development
The Victoria Cross Over-Station Development will provide a 42-storey commercial tower including 3-storey retail precinct designed by Bates Smart above the new Victoria Cross Metro Station in North Sydney. The integrated station development will double the available public open space near the tower and create a continuous ‘civic green spine’ along Miller Street, with landscaped terraces, outdoor dining, casual seating areas and pedestrian paths. Construction of the tower is being undertaken by Lendlease and is expected to be completed by mid 2024.
Designed by UNStudio and Cox Architecture, Green Spine is $2 billion project set to become Australia’s tallest tower and revitalise Southbank for present and future generations. The multifaceted spine is created by the splitting open of the potential single mass at its core, thereby forming two separate high rise structures and causing them to reveal the almost geological strata of their core layers as they rise above a light-filled canyon. As a result of this design intervention, the towers that result on either side can enjoy porous city views and vastly improved contextual links. The orientation of the Green Spine enables an extension of the public realm on the podium, the continuation of green onto the towers and facilitates orientation to the CBD and the Botanical Garden at the top of the towers.
Central Station Metro Upgrade
Central Station is being upgraded to accommodate the new Sydney Metro trains about 27 metres below ground level. Located within the existing Central Station precinct, the new metro platforms will facilitate a critical interchange, fully connecting the station with suburban, intercity and regional rail services, buses, coaches and light rail. The work includes: (1) New underground Sydney Metro platforms at Central beneath platforms 13, 14 and 15 (2) Escalators directly to suburban platforms 12 to 23 for the first time (3) An upgraded northern concourse with transformed pedestrian thoroughfares and feature roof.
100 Mount Street
Designed by Architectus in association with SOM (Chicago) 100 Mount Street is a 35-storey office tower with a cross-braced steel exoskeleton structure. An exemplar of sustainable design, 100 Mount utilises both an offset core and high-performance closed cavity facade and automatic daylight control and glare reduction while maintaining maximum transparency. Chilled beam systems are among the additional features that reduce the building’s environmental footprint. 100 Mount has achieved a GBCA 5 Star Green Star Design and As-Built v1.1 rating and IWBI WELL Core and Shell Gold Pre-certification.
METRONET: Forrestfield-Airport Link
The Forrestfield-Airport Link is a jointly Federal and Western Australia State Government funded $1.86 billion project which will radically improve the way people in the eastern foothills are connected with the CBD and wider Perth. Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link - an 8.5km three-station railway spur connected to the Midland Line near Bayswater Station – is part of the first stage of METRONET. As well as creating a 20-minute train trip between the city and the eastern suburbs, once complete, the rail link will make access to Perth Airport quicker, easier and more affordable for Perth residents and visitors alike. With three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe, the Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to generate 20,000 passenger trips every day by 2022 – increasing to 29,000 daily by 2032.
As a technology-enabled building, GPO Exchange sets a new benchmark for modern workplace design in Adelaide. The iconic landmark offers connected retail spaces, an activated lobby, club style end-of-trip amenities and secure parking. Designed for collaboration to seamlessly connect business, community and lifestyle, GPO Exchange is the unrivalled destination in the true centre of Adelaide. The $300 million Charter Hall development was designed by Hassell and Fitzpatrick + Partners and completed by Built in late 2019. Located at 10 Franklin Street, it adjoins and pays homage to the 1907 heritage Telephone Exchange building.
Sydney Metro: City & Southwest
Sydney Metro City & Southwest extends Sydney's metro from the north west under Sydney Harbour, through new underground city stations and beyond to the south west terminating at Bankstown. Using five tunnel boring machines, tunnelling finished in early 2020 on new 15.5-kilometre twin railway tunnels between the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood and Sydenham. New stations will be delivered at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo along with new underground platforms at Central Station. Upgrading of the T3 Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards is being undertaken as part of the project and is due for completion in 2024.
Lachlan's Line Bridge
A 170-metre steel double-helix bridge in Sydney's northwest that connects pedestrians from Landcom’s new 5,000-resident Lachlan’s Line development to North Ryde Metro Station by spanning across both the M2 Motorway and Delhi Road. At a cost of $40 million, the bridge was delivered by a joint venture between Daracon Group and Arenco with engineering design by Arup. It’s the first double helix bridge in Australia and the first in the world to have a dilating diameter (getting larger over the supports and narrower midspan.
88 Walker Street
The 50-storey, mixed-use tower will offer a 252-guest room hotel as well as 12,000sq m of commercial space commencing from level 25. The hotel will occupy the lower 20 levels with two floors of public amenity including a reception, bar and restaurant. The 4-star international will occupy 15 levels of the tower with 16 rooms per floor and a top level of suites with 12 rooms on offer. The building is designed with a side core which will enable for selected levels to be integrated to provide multi-level offices up to 1,500 square metres in size. It will cantilever above the existing Firehouse Hotel incorporating the heritage-listed hotel/pub into the tower’s facade. The 10m long cantilever transferring 45 storeys over the heritage-listed Firehouse Hotel, lead to substantial composite steel and a post-tensioned concrete transfer structure being developed at the base. The eccentric loading required complex analysis of creep and shrinkage to control the “lean” on the tower and complex analysis of building dynamics for wind loading. Construction of the new tower commenced in 2019, with an anticipated completion date of early 2021.
WestConnex M8 Motorway
The New M5 section of Sydney’s WestConnex, also known as the M8 Motorway, provides 9 kms of twin road tunnels between Kingsgrove and St Peters making it the longest road tunnel in Australia. 18,000 workers spent 21 million hours to deliver the project with tunnelling continuing 24/7 at a total cost of $4.3 billion. The project included construction of a four-level interchange at St Peters built on a remediated landfill site. The interchange works included 10 bridges, two of which span the Alexandra Canal, and the longest being 288 metres.
Shell House Sydney
Located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, the Brookfield Place Sydney development (formerly known as Wynyard Place) includes the construction of a 27−storey commercial tower at 10 Carrington Street and the upgrade of heritage-listed buildings Shell House and Beneficial House. The project is being developed by Brookfield Properties and built by Multiplex. The Shell House adaptive reuse project involved the temporary suspension of the 400 t heritage clock tower over the live construction and bracing of the 65.5 m heritage facade while the building was completely gutted and upgraded, including demolition of its structural system. Shell House boasts one of the tallest retained heritage facades in the world.
A 180-metre, 40-storey timber-steel hybrid tower has been announced for tech giant Atlassian’s new headquarters adjacent to Sydney's Central Station. The building will be the world's tallest hybrid tower, use 50% less embodied carbon in construction and operate off 100 percent renewable energy. The tower’s design is the result of a collaboration between BVN and SHoP with engineering by Eckersley O’Callaghan and TTW.
Bridge over Clarence River at Harwood
The new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood is about 20 metres east of the existing bridge, 1.5 kilometres long and four lanes wide. The new bridge will provide safer, smoother travel for motorists and eliminate the need for highway motorists to stop while the existing Harwood Bridge is raised for maritime users. The profile of the new bridge accommodates a mid-river shipping lane height of 30 metres.
Brisbane Airport Parallel Runway
Brisbane’s new parallel runway was one of the largest aviation construction projects undertaken in Australia and achieved a 50-year vision for the airport after 8 years of construction. The new Brisbane Airport runway opened on 12 July 2020, situated on a reclaimed portion of the Brisbane River delta and included a new 3.3 km parallel runway, 12 kms of taxiways, high intensity approach lighting systems (HIAL), 300ha of landscaping, a four-lane underpass, and a 1.7 km revetment wall.
Melbourne Connect is University of Melbourne’s new innovation precinct that brings to life an ultra-modern work, research and living space. The 74,000 m² innovation hub will comprise three separate but connected sustainable buildings arranged around a central courtyard housing an array of tenants including the Melbourne School of Engineering, Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre, student accommodation, co-working space, and commercial industry partners. Childcare facilities will span the upper floors to the rooftop terrace. The 6 star Green Star precinct was delivered by a consortium led by Lendlease, with Woods Bagot the lead architects and masterplanner, supported by Hayball for the student accommodation and ASPECT Studio for the landscape design. Structural engineering, facades, acoustics and sustainability design was undertaken by Arup whilst services engineering was provided by Norman Disney Young.
The 100-storey Australia 108 is the southern hemisphere’s tallest building by roof height (Gold Coast’s Q1 is taller when including its spire). At 318.7 metres high, the residential building surpasses the Eureka tower by 21.4 metres. It was designed by architects Fender Katsalidis with structural engineering by Robert Bird Group and delivery by Multiplex for a contract price estimated to be worth around $500 million.
Designed by Bates Smart, the 60-storey building is the most slender tower in Australia, rising 184 metres and built on a 480m2 site. This equates to a slenderness ratio of 16.5. By comparison, New York’s Steinway Tower (the world’s most slender skyscraper) has a slenderness ratio of approx. 24. The structural design eliminated perimeter columns by utilising a concrete H-frame. This comprises a 650mm thick eastern perimeter wall and 450mm western wall which are connected together by two similarly thick transverse shear walls.
Desert Rose House
Desert Rose House is University of Wollongong's highly sustainable smart home which was entered into the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. Named Desert Rose after an iconic flower that flourishes in challenging environments, the house celebrates the life of its occupants regardless of their physical capabilities, from the very active and capable through to those experiencing aged-related disabilities such as early stage dementia. The house is intended to inspire building industries across the globe by demonstrating that it is possible to construct houses that are stylish, affordable, comfortable, and sustainable whilst encompassing the changing needs of an ageing population..
In an Australian first, this project repurposes two existing buildings to become one state-of-the-art commercial building by merging the floor plates as well as adding 7 levels above. This complex engineering process has enormous environmental benefits, with 90% of the existing structure being reused leading to a lower carbon footprint and less pollution. To connect the two buildings together, the precast panel facade was removed and new post-tensioned floor slabs with new supporting columns were constructed in the 13 metres that separated the existing buildings.
Melbourne Metro Tunnel
The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east, with high capacity trains and five new underground stations. The Metro Tunnel will create capacity on the network to enable more than a half a million additional passengers per week across Melbourne’s train network to use the rail system during the peak periods. Melbourne Airport Rail services will also run through the Metro Tunnel to maximise access for all Victorians and provide passengers with an under 30-minute service from the airport to the CBD. The project scope includes: (1) Twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city to the south-east as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line. (2) Five new underground stations: Arden Station, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac. (3) High Capacity Signalling to maximise the efficiency of the new fleet of High Capacity Metro Trains. (4) Train / tram interchange between Anzac Station and the Domain Interchange.
Designed by FJMT and built by Roberts & Co. (formerly Roberts Pizzarotti) in the heart of North Sydney, Zurich Tower is Zurich Australia’s new 20,000-square-metre headquarters. The A Grade commercial building features a sky terrace, storage and changing facilities, and is targeting a 5-Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy ratings.
Snowy Hydro 2.0
The Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme 2.0 is the largest committed renewable energy project in Australia. The project involves linking two existing dams, Tantangara and Talbingo, through 27km of tunnels and building a new underground power station. It will provide flexible, on-demand power while reusing or ‘recycling’ the water in a closed loop and maximise the efficiency of renewables by using excess solar and wind energy to pump water to the higher dam, to be stored for later use. Snowy 2.0 will provide an additional 2,000 megawatts of dispatchable, on-demand generating capacity and approximately 350,000 megawatt hours of large-scale storage to the National Electricity Market. This is enough energy storage to power three million homes over the course of a week. The first power generated from Snowy 2.0 is expected in early 2025, followed by progressive commissioning of its six generating units.
The London Hotel site in Port Melbourne is a mixed use development includes two levels of restaurants, a large function venue and luxury apartments designed by Ewert Leaf and built by Camillo Builders. The relaxed, bayside context has informed the architecture, with clean lines, expansive balconies and a well articulated corner. Two rows of hydraulic MEGA braces supported the excavation during construction of the 2-storey basement’s 8 m deep, 500 mm thick diaphragm walls and 800 mm thick hydrostatic floor slab.
Emerald Airport Runway Upgrade
The runway upgrade at Emerald Airport made it one of only a small number of airports in the country that have utilised stone mastic asphalt (SMA). Delivered by Airport Pavement Engineering Specialists, Boral, GBA Consulting Engineers and GHD the Emerald Airport upgrade provides a good pilot project to demonstrate stone mastic asphalt's performance compared with traditional grooved dense graded asphalt.
Sydney Fish Market Redevelopment
The Sydney Fish Market is is being redeveloped into a world class attraction in Blackwattle Bay next door to the current site. When complete, the new fish market designed by 3XN in conjunction with BVN will be the largest of its kind in the world - even bigger than Japan’s famous Tsukiji market. It will provide 4,700 m2 of public space including 3 storeys (plus basement car park) of fishmongers, specialty shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and a waterfront promenade at an estimated cost of $750 million. The development will also provide the missing link that completes a 15km walk between Rozelle and Woolloomooloo.
1 Denison Street, North Sydney is a 37-level commercial office tower. Standing at 158 metres, the structure is North Sydney’s newest landmark, claiming the title as the tallest building in the area at the time of completion in 2020. Defined by a unique facade, the tower provides more than 60,000 square metres of premium office space, a two-level lifestyle precinct and basement parking for 225 cars. Designed by architects Bates Smart, a signature feature of 1 Denison Street is the public forecourt area with a fusion of urban structures and natural features as well as iconic retail, restaurants and bars. 1 Denison Street has been designed to meet 5 Star Green Star, 5 Star NABERS and Wellness Rated standards.
Genoa San Giorgio Bridge
Colloquially called The "Pergenova Bridge", the Genoa San Giorgio (Saint George) Bridge is the replacement bridge for the Ponte Morandi (aka Polcevera Viaduct) which partially collapsed on 14 August 2018 killing 43 people. The new bridge was designed pro bono by Renzo Piano and delivered by Salini Impregilo and Fincantieri in just 15 months after work began under an expedited construction schedule.
505 George Street
505 George Street is a 270-metre skyscraper in the heart of Sydney designed by Australia’s Architectus and Germany's Ingenhoven and being developed by Coombes Property Group and Mirvac. The mixed-use tower will be the third tallest structure in Sydney behind Sydney Tower (305 m) and Crown Sydney (271.3 m). Most of the 80-storeys will be residential and will also include a hotel, rooftop restaurant and bar, cinema, child care and retail.
Central Place Sydney
Central Place Sydney is a new $2.5 billion development designed by Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Sydney’s new tech hub next to Central Station, Tech Central. The design for Central Place Sydney features two commercial towers, with 37 and 39 stories. Between the towers, a striking low-rise building will anchor the project and enliven the precinct at the street level. Revitalized public spaces will surround the buildings, enhancing connections between neighboring communities and the city's most prominent commercial axis. The two buildings will operate off 100% renewable energy and boast the world’s first AI-driven smart shading facade solution that optimises for real-time outside conditions.
Albion Park Rail Bypass
Albion Park Rail Bypass (APRB) project will deliver a 9.8 kilometre four-lane divided highway extension of the M1 Princes Motorway that includes 13 bridges between Yallah and Oak Flats in New South Wales, Australia. The bypass will complete the 'missing link' for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry. Fulton Hogan won the head contract to deliver the $630 million project and engaged SMEC to provide detailed design services for the project, including alignment, drainage, flooding, geotechnical, structural and pavement design.
271 Spring Street
271 Spring Street, Melbourne is a 16-storey ISPT commercial development constructed on an almost unusable site The building had to navigate two existing heritage buildings, an underground substation, two electrical easements and two double-stacked City Loop rail tunnels beneath the site. But a design solution concocted by Arup and John Wardle Architects (JWA), made the project viable which involved the use of a steel structural frame, reducing the building’s weight, and a creative approach to foundation design, minimising the building footprint, excavation zone and pile depths.