Multiplex begins work on mixed-use project in Melbourne, Australia

WCN Editorial Team 15 Oct 2018 ASIA BUILDINGS

Construction firm Multiplex has started construction work on Sapphire By The Gardens, a mixed-use project in Melbourne, Australia.

Being developed by Malaysian property development firm S P Setia, the project’s 62-storey western tower will feature Melbourne’s newest five-star hotel, the Shangri-La, while the 60-storey eastern tower will house over 300 luxury residential apartments.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by the representatives of S P Setia, Multiplex, Shangri-La, and the City of Melbourne.

Located in the north-east corner of Melbourne’s CBD, the two towers will be connected by a Sky Lounge on level 46 overlooking the UNESCO world heritage listed, Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens.

Recently, Multiplex secured the $565m build contract to deliver Shangri-La Melbourne and Sapphire By The Gardens.

The project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs during the construction and initial hotel operational period.

Multiplex said that the 500-room luxury hotel is perfectly positioned to cater to the tourists visiting Melbourne.

S P Setia CEO of Australian operations Choong Kai Wai said: “Today’s ground-breaking ceremony represents a significant milestone for Setia and further signals our commitment to developing a pipeline of projects that are highly sought after by the Australian market..

“The secret behind Sapphire By The Garden’s success, with over 95 percent of the project sold, was the substantial underlying demand for premium, highly-liveable and world class residential apartments in Melbourne’s CBD. The market wanted a high-quality product and we’re proud to have delivered that at this site.”

Multiplex Victoria regional managing director Graham Cottam said that he anticipated this build would become one of the organisation’s, and Victoria’s, most significant construction projects over the next three years.

Cottam added: “We are thrilled to be appointed by S P Setia to deliver this world-class mixed-use development, drawing upon our extensive experience constructing high-rise buildings in the city.

“As one of Multiplex’s largest projects currently underway in Australia, it is set to generate significant employment throughout its construction and beyond.”

Shangri-La Asia CEO LIM Beng Chee said: “Melbourne is one of Australia’s top business and tourism cities and we are pleased to partner SP Setia for our expansion in the city.

“Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne will be part of an iconic building complex within walking distance of diverse offerings including vibrant retail and dining hubs, as well as cultural and theatre attractions.

“We couldn’t have chosen a more strategic and spectacular location to site our hotel and to introduce our Asian-inspired hospitality to all visitors once the complex is completed.”

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Image: Officials breaking ground at Sapphire by The Gardens. Photo: Courtesy of Multiplex.

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