THE Australia 108 tower, to be the tallest building in the southern hemisphere, will be Australia’s most speedily constructed skyscraper and could dominate Melbourne’s skyline in little more than four years, according to its architect Nonda Katsalidis.
He revealed this week that the 388-metre tower will use prefabricated structural sections – a technology developed by Katsalidis’ construction company.
”We’re going to fabricate components so that the building will be pre-assembled on the ground,” he told Fairfax Media.
”This means that the building will be built faster than any similar building has been built in this country before,” he said.
This week Fender Katsalidis launched a marketing campaign enticing people to sign up for one of 600 apartments in the tower.
The architects are in the process of making a further planning submission to amend their existing permit – based upon the 226-metre version of the tower that was originally approved. The amendment covers a six-star hotel, two restaurants, bars and lounges.
Katsalidis says he is ”completely confident that Australia 108 will get a planning permit. We’re on solid ground. We know the issues and we’ve addressed them.”
Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who must give final approval for the amendment, said this week that ”the proposal is a strong indicator that Melbourne is a city that people want to invest in” and an indication of Melbourne ”coming of age”.
Katsalidis says concerns over the Australia 108 proposal – including lord mayor Robert Doyle’s broader misgivings over the creation of ”a canyon of enormous buildings with no life at street level” – are unfounded.
”The site sits on a street corner comprising City Road and Southbank Boulevard, which has a centre strip with trees; it’s wide, it’s open, it leads straight into the precinct and parkland. It’s very well situated,” he said. Australia 108’s plan includes a fresh food market and cafe at ground and lower levels.
”We had public consultation with nearly 3000 local residents and businesses …” he said.
”There’s a lot of emotive things about these kind of buildings but Melburnians are over it. They’ve become proud of their city’s big buildings.”
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