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Southern hemisphere’s tallest tower hit by height problem

2 April 2013 No Comment

Developers of what will be the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere have been hit with a problem only days after receiving planning approval, propertyobserver.com.aureports.

The Australia 108 tower destined for Melbourne’s Southbank will reach heights of 388 metres and comprise 108 storeys. However, the development faces an issue already, namely that its height will impinge on the flight path of nearby Essendon Airport, which requires a 373 metre ‘height envelope’.

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This limit, which applies to aircraft approaching from the south, has been set in accordance with a federal protection safety systems. However, the tower’s private investors believe that the issue can be resolved – possibly by re-routing the flight path. Planning minister, Matthew Guy, who granted the permission last week is reportedly adamant that the building received all the necessary approvals.

Skyscraper will become the tallest building in the entire southern hemisphere

Skyscraper architecture specialists, Fender Katsalidas designed the tower, which – height issues permitting – should be completed in 2018 and will be the tallest building in the entire southern hemisphere. It will feature a public observation deck about two-thirds up with a bar and restaurant, according to inhabitat.com.

It will also contain 646 residential apartments, a 288-room six-star hotel, a fresh food market and café. To save construction time, adds the website, parts of the tower will be pre fabricated and assembled on the ground.

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“Every apartment in this tower is one less apartment in an existing quiet neighbourhood”

Commenting on the skyscraper, Mr Guy said:

“Towers such as Australia 108 are consistent with the Coalition Government’s drive to concentrate high-density development in defined areas and out of existing, quiet neighbourhoods. Every apartment in this tower is one less apartment in an existing quiet neighbourhood.”

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 2 April 2013

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