Multiplex completes $2 billion development in Melbourne’s CBD

West Side Place. Photo credit: Glenn Hester.

Multiplex has reached practical completion of Stage Two of Far East Consortium’s $2 billion West Side Place development in Melbourne’s CBD.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19 and global supply chain disruptions, Multiplex delivered Stage Two ahead of schedule; and also successfully delivered Stage One after the previous contractor went in administration.

Ross Snowball, Regional Managing Director of Multiplex says the company is proud to have delivered arguably one of the most significant and complex developments undertaken in Melbourne’s CBD in many years. “It has already breathed new life into this part of the city, and will no doubt be a catalyst for further development within the western CBD,” Snowball adds.

Located at 651-669 Lonsdale Street and designed by Cottee Parker Architects, West Side Place spans an entire city block and comprises four high-rise towers with a combined total of 2,895 residential apartments and new hotel accommodation, with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel delivering 257 5-star hotel rooms in addition to a 317-room 4-star Dorsett Hotel.

Stage Two of West Side Place comprises two super-high-rise towers spanning 70 levels and 68 levels, standing 240 metres above street level. The towers sit alongside the 82-level and 64-level towers delivered within Stage One of the development.

According to Multiplex, construction works spanned four years and generated 3,847 jobs, with 815 workers onsite at critical stages of development.

Construction challenges included building 33 different façade types for the complex podium façade – a distinctive design feature that integrates different materials that twist, protrude and rake the curtain wall tower façade.

Other design elements include two podium levels of residential amenities with lap pools, plunge pools, spas, sauna, steam rooms, golf simulator, indoor and outdoor cinemas, wine rooms, karaoke room, games rooms, lounge spaces and dining rooms for residents.

West Side Place has also been awarded a 5 star Green Star Rating.

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