Melbourne's 'other' suburban skyscraper gets moving

Melbourne's 'other' suburban skyscraper gets moving
Melbourne's 'other' suburban skyscraper gets moving

It's not South Yarra's imposing Capitol Grand, nor is it one of the gaggle of Box Hill residential towers progressively redefining that suburb's skyline.

Yet there is a suburban Melbourne skyscraper on the rise, so to speak. The jump form and initial floor plate formwork has appeared above ground for Rise Moonee Ponds. Part of the wider Mason Square development that replaces what was once the Moonee Ponds Market, Rise will become one of suburban Melbourne's tallest buildings.

The 30 level tower is the crowning component of developer Caydon's wider Mason Square precinct. Above a commercially focused podium, Rise includes hundreds of apartments and associated amenities.

Melbourne's 'other' suburban skyscraper gets moving
One of suburban Melbourne's tallest towers is on the way up. Image: Fender Katsalidis

Rise is the final and most imposing of the seven buildings which make up the Mason Square project.

The former Moonee Ponds Market site covers 1.34 hectares and will provide in excess of 1,000 apartments and a serviced apartment contingent operated as The Sebel Moonee Ponds. That component includes 97 serviced apartments within a mid-rise north-facing building.

Addressed 15 Everage Street, Rise is one of three jump forms rising simultaneously from the northern half of the site.

It and the Sebel building's form are joined by that of Focus on Mason, with the trio being delivered as the second phase of the overall built. Builder LU Simon has taken on construction of the entire Fender Katsalidis-designed project.

Melbourne's 'other' suburban skyscraper gets moving
Rise as rendered and construction progress onsite

Upon its completion which is scheduled for the end of next year, Rise will stand above all other towers at Mason Square and the wider North Western region of Melbourne for that matter. Longer term it may be joined by a handful of equivalent sized residential towers in nearby Footscray.

In a more immediate context, LU Simon has all but completed works on the initial Margaret Street and Hall Street components of Mason Square, consisting of four residential buildings.

That initial construction phase sees buildings range between 6 and 22 levels. Rise upon its completion will distinguish itself within Mason Square as being the only tower to sport a curtain wall façade.

Melbourne's 'other' suburban skyscraper gets moving
Mason Square's Hall Street build is nearing completion


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