The Future of Constructing Inner City High Rise Towers

Frank Altmann
Regional Manager - Materials Technology
BG&E, Dubai

With increased urban density driving the quest for supertall buildings, we need to challenge the way we develop our cities.

Technological innovations are now being applied to the construction of high-rises in locations previously thought to be undevelopable.

The Collins House project in Melbourne, Australia is a case study on the potential that can be unlocked when technologically innovative construction solutions are applied allowing inner city, small footprint sites to become viable for redevelopment.

Rising to a height of 204m, or 60 levels, from an 11.5m base, the building widens to 14.5m as it cantilevers over the adjoining building from level 14.

This presentation examines the construction approach to Collins House, which is the slimmest tower project in Australia, located on a 480sqm footprint site.

Opportunities were identified for a prefabrication strategy with the design team developing the floor and fa├žade as prefabricated modules, making use of parametric BIM tools.

This process led to the generation of a unique design fabrication approach which now sets a precedent for small footprint tower developments in Australia.

The success of these design and documentation stages of Collins House was achieved through seeking innovation across all aspects of project design and delivery. The unique circumstances of site size, innovative construction technology and economic viability, make this the most unique residential construction project being undertaken in Melbourne, if not Australia.

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