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80 Arthur Street 280 Arthur Street, North Sydney - Latest presentation

Click here to view the presentations given at a Case Study Evening held in Sydney on 2 March 2017. This innovative 30 storey steel-framed residential tower developed by the Meriton Group is a first for Australian high-rise apartment building.

Key areas covered in the presentation included cost competitiveness against other building materials; the structural solution – light weight, minimal depth, construction speed; benefits of off-site fabrication; and achievement of fire and acoustic requirements.


Adelaide Conv Centre redev 2015Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment - Presentation

Click here to view the presentations given at a Case Study Evening in Adelaide on 18 November 2015. This evening focussed on the Stage 2 replacement of the existing plenary building with a highly flexible, multi-purpose facility including capacity for up to 3,500 seats or 3,000 square metres of flat floor space.


480 Queen Street QLD_web480 Queen Street, Brisbane - Presentation

Click here to view the presentation given at a Case Study Evening in Brisbane on 18 June 2015. This case study demonstrates high standards for sustainability and innovation in steel design for faster, safer construction. Download project summary.


Star Event Centre Sep14Star Event Centre, Sydney - Presentation

Click here to view the presentations given at a Case Study Evening held in Sydney on 29 October 2014. These presentations by architect, engineer, fabricator and constructor show why this project attained the ASI National Award for large building projects.


Cloisters on HayCloisters on Hay, Perth - Presentation

Click here to view the presentations given at a Case Study Evening in Perth on 12 August 2014. These presentations showcase innovative ways of using structural steelwork from design to fabrication and erection.


Ibis HotelIbis Hotel, Grenfell Street, Adelaide - Presentation

Click here to view the presentations given at a Case Study Evening in Adelaide on 27 May 2014.


480 Queen Str Brisbane renderWhy is Grocon now using steel? - Presentation

This very well-attended seminar was held on 1 April, 2014 in Brisbane. Peter Burns of Pacific Industrial Company presented the latest case study of 480 Queen Street, Brisbane, discussing project challenges.

PIC QLD presentation, April 2014 (PDF) (3 Mb)


City Square PerthCity Square, Perth - Presentation

Click here for the presentations delivered by Brookfield Multiplex, Aurecon, Hassell / Fitzpatrick+Partners and Pacific Industrial Company on the new City Square multi-level building complex at an evening seminar in Perth on 28 March 2012.


Quotes from the case study library below:   

Geoff Thomas, Project Manager Multiplex,  50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne - "This project would have taken 150 form workers on site instead of the 10 for steel", "We were completing a section every 3/4 days and a floor every 6 days where the floor can be worked on next day for services, where concrete was 7 days per floor but with 3 floors occupied with props."   

Durham Shaw, Project Manager Multiplex Southern Cross Building Melbourne - "Our on site erection team was 15 people, for concrete this would have been 90-120 people."

Kerin Brennan, Safety Officer Westfield Paramatta - "Steel construction significantly reduced Westfield's exposure to risk because of significantly lower people on site."

David Gallant, Walker Corporation Rhodes Shopping Complex - [....for concrete there] "would have been a tenfold increase in the number of people on site with resultant proportionate risk issues."


Case study articles

500 Hay Street, Perth (PDF) (448 Kb)

A steel-intensive approach to constructing a new medium-rise mixed use development located in the inner western Perth suburb of Subiaco is allowing for a lighter structure accommodating more works to occur simultaneously.

155 Queen Street, Brisbane (PDF) (694 Kb)

A predominantly prefabricated steel approach enabled this redevelopment on a tight inner city site in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD retail precinct to be completed successfully with minimal disruption to neighbouring tenancies.

80 Arthur Street, North Sydney (PDF) (361 Kb)

An innovative steel framing approach allowed this new residential tower in North Sydney to be redesigned with a structural steel frame that saved about 20 percent off construction time.

699 Bourke Street, Melbourne (PDF) (609 Kb)699 Bourke Street

A lightweight steel frame has been adopted to seamlessly construct an office tower high above one of Australia’s busiest railway hubs on a 24-metre high deck.

480 Queen Street, Brisbane (PDF) (622 Kb)

A steel-intensive approach has allowed an innovative parallel beam flooring system to further speed construction of the new 480 Queen Street offi ce tower allowing a new floor to be added each week along with the more traditional benefi ts derived from using offsite fabrication alleviating onsite congestion, providing better safety and logistical efficiencies. (PDF) (188 Kb)

50 Martin Place50 Martin Place Sydney (PDF) (188 Kb)

The Brookfield Multiplex construction of the new Macquarie Group headquarters in Sydney follows on from its success with The Star Events Centre using structurally exposed steelwork to crown a prominent inner city redevelopment.

Monash Green Chemical Futures, Melbourne (PDF) (578 Kb)

A landmark institutional building in Melbourne originally envisaged as a largely concrete supported structure was reconceptualised during tender with steel as the primary structural material.

Tea Tree Car Park SA_webTea Tree Plaza O’Bahn Interchange car park, Adelaide (PDF) (454 Kb)

The project which comprises 695 car parks over five levels for commuters who take the O’Bahn guided busway into the city, was completed in nine months with an integrated delivery model cutting an estimated two months off a traditional construction program.

20 Martin Place, Sydney (PDF) (156 Kb)

The leasable floor area of a prestigious commercial and retail address in the heart of Sydney’s CBD is being increased by 25 percent whilst readily retaining most of the building’s original steel skeleton.

Ibis Hotel Grenfell Street Adelaide (PDF) (321 Kb)Ibis Hotel Grenfell Street Adelaide_web

The building incorporates structural steel columns into internal walls to satisfy the modular design approach that optimises space and facilitates services for a modern business hub.

Queensland Eco-sciences Precinct, Brisbane (PDF) (172 Kb)

Steel was used extensively for a wide array of structures which link together whilst unlocking clear spaces within.

The Cloisters Hay Street multistorey extension, Perth   (PDF) (109 Kb)The Cloisters Hay Street multistorey extension, Perth_web

Being built over a public and private carpark, the new steel framed tower building will provide office space over nine floors.

Burnside Village, Adelaide (PDF) (407 Kb)

The centre improvements add 7300sqm floor space to accommodate an extra 37 retail tenancies.   

Multi Use Entertainment Facility at ‘The Star’, Sydney  (PDF) (232 Kb)Multi Use Entertainment Facility at ‘The Star’, Sydney_web

A 40 by 60 metre long enclosure is supported on eight existing structural columns and two new columns on the roof of an operational casino.

Central Institute of Technology, Northbridge WA (PDF) (232 Kb)

The fabricator provided all services related to the building's steel comprising a steel framed roof, fascias, walls and external support columns and pipe structures.

Franklin Street Carpark, Adelaide  (PDF) (125 Kb)Franklin Street Carpark SA_web

The project utilised 689 tonnes of steel to construct eight levels plus ground floor and undercroft providing a combined floor area of 16,600sqm.

Gilbert Building Redevelopment, Adelaide  (PDF) (139 Kb)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 Shelley Street at King Street Wharf, Sydney1 Shelley Street

This iconic external 'diagrid' steel framed building at King Street Wharf precinct comprises a seven and an eleven storey building linked via an atrium.

MBA Offices and Display Centre, Newcastle (PDF) (508 Kb)

The Master Builders Association required their new three storey offices and display centre to be environmentally sustainable whilst meeting tight budget constraints.

Bedev, Adelaide (PDF) (183 Kb)BEDEV pic

The composite steel option was the most competitive system for the BEDEV office development on the corner of Frome and Flinders Streets in Adelaide's CBD

Prospect Hill, Camberwell, Melbourne (PDF) (247 Kb)

This up-market retirement village was constructed in steel to comply with town planning restrictions on the height of the project.

Biztek, 20 Dale Street, Brookvale NSW (PDF) (243 Kb)Biztek pic

A clever construction technique was used to overcome site constraints for the basement levels of this building due to the high water table.

Number 2, Market Street, Sydney (PDF) (286 Kb)

This is an eight storey building over three levels of existing car park

AusAID Building, Civic, ACT (PDF) (175 Kb)AusAid pic

This benchmark Canberra building was finished 8 weeks ahead of schedule.

Latitude East, World Square, Sydney (PDF) (235 Kb)

This is a 24 storey building based on an existing 12 storey platform. Off site fabrication delivered minimal disruption to the site which had very restricted access. Other constraints concerned working around the existing tenancy.

Southern Cross Hotel Re-Development (PDF) (413 Kb)Southern Cross redev pic

An exciting new business development is taking shape in Melbourne at the top end of Bourke Street on the western corner of Exhibition Street. This prominent site was the location of Melbourne’s once prestigious Southern Cross Hotel. The site was procured by joint venture partners and is now under the ownership of Multiplex.