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The sod turned on a landmark

10 Dec 2015

The sod turned on a landmark Image

Major stakeholders gathered for a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, December 8 at the site of what will be Melbourne’s tallest building, Australia 108.

Those gathered to celebrate the start of construction included the building’s architect Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects, representatives of builders Brookfield Multiplex and CBRE residential projects managing director Andrew Leoncelli.

When completed in 2020, the $1 billion tower will rise 319 metres, feature 1105 apartments and included two infinity swimming pools located 210 metres above ground.

Singaporean developer World Class Land appointed Brookfield Multiplex to deliver the project across five stages.

World Class Land CEO Koh Wee Seng said the beginning of construction was a huge milestone for the building.

“This is an exciting milestone for what will be a grand addition to Melbourne’s skyline,” he said.

“The construction process will be complex, which is why we selected Brookfield Multiplex – arguably Australia’s most experienced skyscraper builders.”

Brookfield Multiplex will start construction in December after moving onto the site in November for preparatory works.

The first stage is earmarked for completion in 2018 and residents at lower levels will be invited to move in as higher levels are completed.

The building and lift system has been designed to allow for several staged handovers, with separate lobby areas for different areas of the tower.

After launching sales last February, the tower is almost completely sold, with less than 30 residences still remaining.

The luxury building will also house Australia’s most expensive apartment, a level 100 penthouse spanning 750sqm, which was sold to a Chinese businessman in April for $25 million.

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