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Tower Melbourne

150 Queen St, Melbourne VIC

Year Completed // 2017 est.
Client // Probuilt
Developer // CEL Australia
Architect // Elenberg Fraser
Services // Structural Engineering / Civil Engineering
Location // 150 Queen St, Melbourne

A ‘city-defining project’ boasting 555 apartments (and townhouses) across 71 storeys, Tower Melbourne is set to be the tallest residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD. Situated atop the hill at the south-east corner of Queen and Bourke Streets, the project will also feature retail boutiques, restaurant, health club and residents private Tower Club.

Street level will feature retail boutiques, while a restaurant with its own lobby from Queens Street is planned for level one. The following nine levels are to comprise 20 double-storey and 10 single-storey townhouses. The health club on level 14 will include a25-metre pool, spa, sauna, steam room, day beds and gym with group fitness areas.

Apartments are divided into lower-level Melbourne Apartments from level 15-42 and upper-level Tower Apartments from level 45-69, with four, 136 square-metre penthouses at level 70. Level 43 provides an opportunity for residents to entertain in luxury in The Tower Club with private dining, games areas and garden terrace.

The project was documented for tender by another consultant and all tenders were substantially over budget. WSP Structures was engaged by one of the tenderers to provide alternative design options and assist in making the project financially viable. Our engineering improvements resulted in a significant saving in construction cost and programme arising from refinement of the lateral stability solution, footings and site retention and vertical continuity; removing the requirement for costly and slow to build transfer beam structures. WSP Structures delivered all of these improvements in buildability and construction cost without compromising the building's amenity, form/apartment layouts. Importantly for such a super-slender tower, the building's lateral stiffness under wind load was maintained at an appropriate level, greater than the tender design.

WSP Structures was appointed to take over the role as project consultant and has subsequently been appointed to CEL’s next and even larger project.

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