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The World’s tallest hybrid timber tower granted approval in Perth with the project valued at $350 million.

October 3, 2023

The hybrid timber tower standing at 183 meters in height, designed by Fraser and Partners, has received development approval. The 51-story building is poised to become the tallest hybrid timber tower globally, surpassing the current record holder, Atlassian’s hybrid timber tower in Sydney, designed by Shop Architects and BVN. The project, valued at $350 million, is set to be constructed three metres taller than its predecessor. The hybrid timber tower will use 7,400 square meters of exposed timber in its construction. The development will be named C6, representing the chemical element for carbon on the periodic table, highlighting its status …

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Mirvac Bags Australia’s First 6-Star Green Star Buildings Certification – 100% renewable energy!

September 18, 2023

According to the Green Building Council of Australia, with the use of the new Green Star Buildings rating tool. Mirvac’s Heritage Lanes project in Brisbane has become the first building to be awarded a 6-star rating. The notable features of the building include: Being carbon neutral in operation and powered 100 percent using renewable energy. Features to promote healthy spaces such as improved air quality, natural light exposure and other wellness elements. A lobby which is entirely ‘breathable’ with louvred and shugg windows that open and shut to enjoy the Queensland weather. Multiple mixed-mode tenant floors which enable people to select settings which best suit them. …

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Progress continues on the Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement project in Western Australia.

August 9, 2023

The construction of a brand-new Fitzroy River Bridge in Western Australia is going smoothly, as the first deck pieces are scheduled to be installed within the next month. In December 2022, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie caused major damage to the Fitzroy River Bridge, necessitating its reconstruction. The Fitzroy River Bridge Replacement project aims to construct a new two-lane bridge over the Fitzroy River, providing a pedestrian pathway, reconstructing bridge approaches, constructing flood and scour protection, and modifying utility services. The new bridge will be six times stronger and 100 meters longer. The large-scale infrastructure project in a remote region, involving local …

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$1.5 million construction begins on Perth City Deal, creating local jobs.

March 8, 2023

Construction on the causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges project has started. The $100 million project, which features two cable-stayed bridges, providing a 6-metre-wide shared path linking Victoria Park foreshore at McCallum Park with Heirisson Island and Perth’s CBD at Point Fraser is part of the Perth City Deal. Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd, WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Main Roads, which comprises the Causeway Link Alliance is expected to complete the project which aims to provide improvement to safety, connectivity and amenity for commuters and tourists. Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti mentioned that …

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Major Perth Zoo upgrade underway as part of a $16.5 million construction program supporting approximately 380 jobs.

August 26, 2022

The Café and Function centre are the first projects to be delivered under the McGowan Government’s Perth Zoo Master Plan 2040 and are planned to be completed by mid-2023. The café will create a new eating and alfresco area adjacent to the zoo’s main lawn, with the new function centre set to provide a much-improved space for events, functions, seminars and weddings. Both projects are being built by local company Crothers Construction, supporting about 380 jobs during construction and sourcing materials from local suppliers. These developments are the first to be delivered under the Perth Zoo Master Plan 2040, with …

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Major milestone for WA’s EV fast charging network

August 11, 2022

Western Australia’s Electric Vehicle fast charging network has taken a major step forward with the McGowan Government awarding JET Charge the contract. This is part of the McGowan Government’s $43.5 million investment to boost EV infrastructure around WA. JET Charge will provide 98 EV chargers at 49 locations around the State, creating the World’s longest continuous EV fast-charging network. The first charger is to be installed in November, with the highway to be completed by 2024.   WA’s EV fast charging network will stretch from Kununurra in the North, to Esperance in the South, and East to Eucla. The State …

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Perth set to get the largest Surf Park in the Southern Hemisphere.

June 22, 2022

The largest surf park in the southern hemisphere with 150-metre-long waves will be built in Perth. There will be a choice in wave size and intensity from small beginner surf to hollow, barreling two-metre advanced waves, with “beast mode” the most challenging and dangerous level. The wave park will also have food outlets, a beach club and an entertainment hub. The project has been given ‘’state significant’ status and will provide consistent and quality waves for Perth surfers. The state government and project proponent Aventuur have signed a 21-year lease agreement for the project, with the option to extend it …

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Plans for World’s Tallest Timber Tower in Perth

May 20, 2022

Grange Development submits plans for the World’s tallest timber tower in South Perth The world’s tallest $350 million hybrid timber tower with 245 apartments over 48 levels could soon be built in South Perth. Developer, Grange Development wants to build a 183m-high residential building with one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and a 500sqm rooftop with an edible garden. The proposed building at 6 Charles Street is named C6 after the periodic table’s symbol for carbon and would become the State’s first carbon-negative building. Post construction, Grange Development has committed to sharing its C6 research, design and construction documentation as …

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The Final Puzzle Piece to Elizabeth Quay

November 4, 2021

A 54-storey tower has been approved at Lot 4 of Elizabeth Quay – the last remaining parcel of land at the waterside precinct. The $400 million building will take shape on the corner of The Esplanade and William Street, opposite the Elizabeth Quay Station, and will deliver 70,000sqm of office space and 176 short-stay accommodation units to the CBD. Plans for the project also include a range of amenities including restaurant, café and bar tenancies, a gym, child-care centre and rooftop pool, with construction expected to create hundreds of jobs. The tower will be developed by CA Corporation, and joins …

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A $32M whale-shaped underwater observatory is opening next year

October 13, 2021

Busselton Jetty will break another record when there whale-shaped underwater observatory opens in December 2022. It will be the worlds largest natural marine observatory in which will sit at  the end of the southern hemisphere’s longest jetty, Busselton Jetty WA. The Australian Underwater Discovery Centre will span 900-square metres across several levels with Panoramic glass windows which will be a big feature, some measuring up to 5.5 metres by 12 metres. A partially submerged window called the ‘cetecean’s eye will let visitors view the ocean life. “This is as authentic as it gets because people are in the tank and …

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