Aboveground construction has officially commenced at Sydney's tallest residential tower, the $400-plus million Greenland Centre.
Probuild and Greenland, China's largest state-backed real estate group, planned to deliver the 235-metre residential building under a design and construct contract. New structure works began to support the existing steel frame from the 1960s with a 44-storey tower, making a total of 68 levels including the rooftop.
Probuild started work earlier this year after the initial contractor Multiplex parted ways with Greenland in May of 2016.
The Greenland Centre will feature 479 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms, plus sub-penthouse and penthouse residences.
A key selling point for the coming structure are its uniquely-designed "Sydney balconies", aimed at providing a true indoor-outdoor connection with the city while protecting residents from wind and noise.
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Greenland Australia said the building will also include a 2,000 square metre creative hub over five floors in exchange for more floor area as part of the voluntary planning agreement reached with the City of Sydney.
The creative space will be managed by Council under a 99-year lease for the practice of dance, theatre, music, film and the visual arts.
Probuild Group Managing Director Simon Gray said the Greenland Australia and Probuild partnership understands its obligation to enhance the city’s skyline, and have worked closely with City of Sydney to provide an excellent design to achieves this.
"The use of the existing steel frame pays tribute to Sydney’s architectural past, while the Sydney Balconies provide an insight into Sydney’s future city living," he said.
"We’ve been working hard since contract award, in December 2016 to ensure we deliver on the project vision."
Greenland Australia Managing Director Sherwood Luo said the company was committed to collaborating with the City of Sydney and its community.
“Greenland Australia’s approach to redevelopment of the Greenland Centre Sydney reflects our parent company’s accomplishments delivering premium high-rise buildings that help shape global cities.
“We strongly believe this redevelopment will complement the site, bringing new life to the location and that our ‘Diamond in the Sky’ will positively impact Sydney’s skyline.
"The future is bright and our long-term vision of continued investment and redevelopment within the City of Sydney and Australia is strong.”
Greenland Centre is expected to reach full completion in the first half of 2020.
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