Multiplex Tops Out QIC’S Collins Street Tower

Multiplex Tops Out QIC’S Collins Street Tower
Multiplex Tops Out QIC’S Collins Street Tower

Premier Global construction company Multiplex has reached their new construction milestone on QIC’s $800 million mixed-use project, 80 Collins Street, topping out the new 41 level premium office South Tower.
Located at the ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD, the precinct comprises of the South Tower with office space across 43,000sqm, a construction of a 250 room boutique Next hotel and the refurbishment of the existing North Tower, a 47 level A-grade office building, all connected by a world-class 5000sqm retail podium that adds a vibrant streetscape to Collins and Little Collins Streets.

Global architect, Woods Bagot have undertaken the design of the building base in collaboration with Dutch firm, UNStudio on the South Tower and hotel facades.
The new South Tower features a stunning faceted glass exterior cantilevering towards Collins Street, and the interior will feature flexible floor plates with the ability to create inter-floor links to allow occupants to engineer their space for collaboration and enhanced connectivity.

“80 Collins is also one of the most complex builds we are currently delivering in Melbourne, with the new South Tower constructed to cantilever 12 metres over existing buildings on Collins Street – the first time the engineering feat has been achieved to this scale.” said Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director at Multiplex.

Multiplex Tops Out QIC’S Collins Street Tower
QIC's South Tower tops out at 216 metres. Image supplied.

The retail precinct will connect the hotel and both the North and South towers through a series of laneways linking the street main streets on the block, becoming a new prestigious shopping destination for Collins Street.
At 216 metres tall, 80 Collins Street boasts panoramic views across the Melbourne CBD, our beloved Yarra River and Greater Melbourne views.

The new South Tower has a 6-star Green Star design rating and is targeting a 5 star NABERS Energy rating. The building is also WELL ready to allow customers to to pursue further fitout certification. 80 Collins Street has used innovative construction methods such as the introduction of a double-deck lifting system with a destination control system.
This allows the development to achieve a Premium building rating and minimises the size of the core to maximise the net lettable area.

ESD features include a chilled beam mechanical system to allow for passive temperature control as well as the inclusion of intuitive lighting control.
The 80 Collins precinct is owned by Dexus and Dexus Wholesale Property Fund following QIC’s successful divestment of the asset in May 2019. The development project is being delivered by QIC GRE until completion to which is on track for 2020.

“This premiere mixed-use development heralds a new chapter in the story of its prestigious location, and we’re delighted to see 80 Collins reach its highest point.”

Multiplex Tops Out QIC’S Collins Street Tower
Workers on the rooftop of the South Tower. Image supplied.
Multiplex Tops Out QIC’S Collins Street Tower
The new podium. Image supplied.

Nicholas Failla

Nicholas Failla

Nicholas is a content writer and graphic designer who is passionate about cities, architecture, urban planning and sustainable communities.

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