568 Collins

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Collaborative approach overcame the challenges of a compact site for one of Melbourne’s tallest buildings

One of the tallest towers to grace the Melbourne CBD, the 69 level tower of 568 Collins St posed serious challenges due to its compact 30m by 40m site and 224-metre height. Hickory worked closely on design buildability with the client, design engineers and architects, collaborating on a solution that is viable from a cost and design perspective while delivering a ‘transfer-free’ structure.

The project comprises 568 apartments, 12 office spaces and podium car parking. It also features first class amenities on level 33, including a pool, spa, sauna, gym, an entertainment room and business centre.


  • Engineering innovations were required for stability of the tower as well as the experience of movement for internal occupants. This included a ‘core’ alternative to shear walls for stability, linked at two levels to four large outrigger columns, and damper development for wind stability.

  • Safety during construction was a key concern, with both neighbouring rooftops occupied by childcare centre playgrounds. 6-storey perimeter safety screens were erected which allowed formwork and façade installation to be safely carried out concurrently behind the same screens, a method that has now been replicated on many other high-rise projects around Melbourne.
  • First Hickory Project to utilise Sync bathroom pods. The 794 project bathrooms were manufactured offsite, complete with tiling, joinery, finishes and fittings. This enabled a parallel track construction programme, with completed bathrooms craned into site and simply positioned on the level entry slab and connected to services. This reduced fit out cycles by up to 20% and greatly reduced the amount of waste produced and handled on site.

  • Pumping concrete up the 224 metre height of the building was a challenge, overcome by consulting with scientists from BASF that assisted concrete suppliers XL to develop a flowable mix that met requirements for strength and pumping.

  • Approximately 2,500 tonnes of steel and 22,000 square metres of concrete used in construction, as well as over 29,000 square metres of façade installed by Hickory’s own façade team. 


Location: 568 Collins Street, Melbourne


36 months

July 2015

Stamoulis Property Group

Bruce Henderson Architects


MAC Engineering Solutions