Set to be the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, the $1.2 billion Orion Towers will soar 103 storeys, reach 333.7m high and contain 1127 units.
A two-stage project, the shorter 75 storey tower will be built first. The proposed development is so tall it will surpass the top of Q1’s spire by 6m and reach just metres below the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s height limit mandated for buildings within the flight path.
Lead Quantity Surveyor, GRC Director Lucas Hinton, said any pricing challenges that arose when preparing the development application were quickly overcome due to his team’s unique insight into constructing super towers in the current market.
“We’ve been in the fortunate position to deliver a range of services from cost planning, estimating, cost control and value management on a number of recent super towers such as Skytower and 30 Albert Street. This expertise has not only given us an accurate benchmark to leverage off but the commercial know-how to deliver the best value possible.”
The towers boast a distinctively modern, cosmopolitan style with subtropical design elements and will feature:
- Australia’s highest observation restaurant on level 101 of Tower 2, offering 360-degree views
- Pedestrian sky bridge on level 6
- Multiple recreation areas and pools on levels 49 and 73 and podium level
- A five-level, mixed-use podium including ground floor retail designed around a sculptural urban canyon
- A 165-room, five-star hotel in tower 2
- A private club on level 74 of tower 1 for owners of the penthouse and sub-penthouses
GRC provided estimating, cost planning and value management services on the development application which was lodged late 2016.