Brookfield Multiplex, a leading global contractor, has achieved a significant construction milestone “topping out” Salvo Property Group’s Bella Apartments in Melbourne's Southbank. The circa $55 million dollar building is located at 248-252 City Road and will include a mix of residential apartments and retail tenancies when complete.
The tower spans 33 levels and comprises a total of 228 apartments in one and two bedroom configurations. Residential facilities will include a gym and ground level retail tenancies. There will be three levels of car parking that will contain a car lift and bike storage.
"Reaching the top of the Bella structure is a significant milestone and has seen the team overcome many challenges associated with constructing a large-scale project within the busy CBD environment," said Mr Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director Victoria at Brookfield Multiplex.
Key challenges included Bella’s close proximity to the busy Kingsway overpass and associated tight constraints for construction site logistics. The relatively small site floor plan has also meant limited storage space with tight delivery schedules maintained in order to reduce potential delays.
The apartment comprises a single concrete core structure with post tensioned slabs that are constructed on a CFA piled foundation system.
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The facade will feature precast and glass, with slab to slab windows, energy efficient glazed units as well as glazed balustrading.
Bella Apartments will feature a number of ESD features including water efficient fixtures and appliances and energy efficient glazing which will be used throughout.
Brookfield Multiplex are scheduled to complete construction of Bella Apartments in January, 2016.
Brookfield Multiplex has completed a number of residential projects over the past two years including The Quays $180 million tower on the corner of Docklands and the Harbour Esplanade, Stage Two of the Upper West Side Apartments valued at $150 million and most recently the $300 million Prima Tower in Queensbridge Street, Southbank. It has over $800 million worth of projects underway in Melbourne with residential towers including Platinum Tower in Southbank along with Australis, Melbourne One and Southbank Grand and the final stages of Upper West Side.