It was revealed in Kuala Lumpur yesterday that prolific Malaysian-based developer UEM Sunrise has chosen Probuild to deliver the group's first Melbourne project: Aurora Melbourne Central. Near on 270 metres, the Elenberg Fraser-designed tower will be the biggest undertaken by Melbourne-based Probuild both in terms of height and apartments involved.
Located on La Trobe Street opposite Melbourne Central, the project will include in excess of 120,000sqm of built area, a direct link to Melbourne Central Station, 941 residential apartments, approximately 250 serviced apartments plus retail and office space through the podium levels.
With the tower's apartments near on 100% sold, Probuild was been chosen as the preferred builder after edging out two fellow Australian tier-one builders based upon technical and commercial merits.
For the next three months, there will be detailed contract negotiations with Probuild on design refinements, contract costs and contract details.
We would like to thank the purchasers of Aurora Melbourne Central for their support of our vision, and we are now set to deliver our promise in the construction of high-quality homes via the partnership with one of Australia’s most capable builders, Probuild.UEM Sunrise Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib
We are delighted we have been chosen by UEM Sunrise to be its delivery partner for its flagship project, Aurora Melbourne Central. We are thrilled by the opportunity to hit the ground running on this truly iconic project.Probuild Managing Director Mr Simon Gray
While Aurora Melbourne Central prepares for construction, Probuild's high profile Swanston Square project has recently seen its distinctive facade unveiled, with protective sleeves removed to reveal the full William Barak portrait adorning the exterior.
The Swanston Square project, adorned with a one-of-a-kind 80 metre façade depicting the portrait of Barak, is four times the height of Mount Rushmore in the USA and was made possible through the use of a new and emerging building material. Probuild oversaw the manufacture and installation of 406 individual panels made from Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP), a resin-based composite used to create the face of Barak.
More commonly associated with the building of aircraft and super yachts, GRP was chosen because of its flexibility, allowing panels to be moulded into any shape; the ideal choice for what is more an artistic sculpture than functional facade.Probuild website
While Aurora Melbourne Central will stand tall within Melbourne's CBD, Probuild's continual spread throughout greater Melbourne has coincided with its amalgamation with fellow builder Contexx during 2013. At present the likes of Victoria One, Eporo, Bouverie St. and Empire Melbourne headline their large-scale residential projects under construction.
On the flip side current retail projects include Chadstone Shopping Centre's expansion, Pacific Werribee and the roughly 40,000sqm expansion of Eastland Shopping Centre while South East Water's new Frankston headquarters ranks amongst their commercial pursuits.
As for Aurora Melbourne Central, site works are expected to begin during June with the tower to be delivered in stages; the last of which is due for completion in mid-2019.