Swanston Central

170 Victoria Street, Melbourne VIC

Client // Hengyi Pacific
Architect // Elenberg Fraser
Project Value // AU$330M
Services // Structural Engineering / Civil Engineering
Location // 170 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC
References // Edward Pearse, Associate Director Elenberg, Fraser
Kyle Mingins, Project Manager, RCP

Swanston Central is a 72 Level high-rise residential building on the old Carlton United Brewery site on the North of Melbourne’s CBD. The site is bound on two sides by a bluestone heritage façade which must be retained at all times during construction. The remaining two boundaries are shared with the existing RMIT Design Hub to the East and the Bouverie Street Apartments to the North.

The challenges associated with shared boundaries and retention of the existing heritage building were met by WSP and the project team through close collaboration with the adjacent building owners and Heritage Victoria.

The 170 Victoria Street development will be a defining project within Melbourne given its very unique (“L”) shape and façade, which has had to blend with existing heritage building. The building is approved and designed to be over 40 levels taller than any other project on the site.

The predominant structural challenge for an “L-shaped” building as slender and tall as Swanston Central is the complex torsional (twisting) acceleration at the top of the building under wind loading. The issues with this acceleration were carefully studied and overcome by WSP Structure’s efficient design solution for the building in combination with the use of a liquid tuned mass damper.

Construction of the project is expected to be complete by 2019, with staged hand over planned in three separable portions.

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