Melbourne to Become Nation’s Skyscraper Capital

image: The Herald Sun

The cranes are building $15 billion worth of superstructures, which will soon reshape the city’s skyline, and make Melbourne Australia’s skyscraper capital.

A record number of 123 cranes crowd Melbourne’s skyline across the CBD, Southbank and Docklands.

Melbourne’s newest superstructures are about 60% residential. And construction is creating hundreds of jobs across the city.

Projects include residential supertall building Australia 108 in Southbank, which is being developed by Aspial Corporation and built by Brookfield Multiplex. Australia 108’s construction is worth $900 million and is creating around 300 jobs.

Aurora Melbourne Central will soon be Melbourne’s second tallest building after the Eureka Tower. Probuild have teamed with Malaysian-based developer UEM Sunrise on the $730 million project, which is already partly open.

Among the high rises under construction, the Victoria Police Headquarters at 311 Spencer street will reach a height of 39 storeys. The $750 million development by Cbus Property and Probuild is scheduled for open late 2019.

Newer developments include Westside Place, a $1 billion dollar development by Far East Consortium International and Probuild. When complete, its Tower 1 will become the third tallest building in Melbourne.

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Developers 3L Alliance and builders Multiplex have joined in on the skyscraper craze with their development Queens Place. Their $1 billion mixed-use twin towers on Queen Street will soar 250 meters high. 

Meanwhile, construction giants Lendlease are also playing their part in restyling Melbourne’s skyline. Their $1.5 billion Melbourne Quarter will be a mixed-use development in the Southern Cross precinct.

Collins Arch is going to add its unique appearance to Melbourne’s skyline. The $1.25 billion development by Cbus Property and Multiplex will include 200 apartments, a 5-star hotel, and exclusive office spaces.

Other highrises include 180 Flinders Street, a 10-storey headquarters for Melbourne-based contractors John Holland Group, and Mirvac’s Olderfleet, a glass tower with heritage facade.

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