Probuild delivers Marina Tower ahead of schedule

Probuild has completed construction of the mixed-use Marina Tower development within the NewQuay precinct down at Docklands for developer Hiap Hoe.

Rising 43 and 36-storeys respectively the two conjoined buildings feature a distinctive leaning tower design, which the national contractor notess is a Melbourne first. Occupying a 3,795sqm site within what was once ING's Waterfront City, the 140m towers cantilever over low-rise buildings below, forming a focal point within Docklands as well as a distinctive addition to the Melbourne skyline.

Designed by DKO Architecture in tandem with structural engineering by Webber Design, the realisation of the façade and structure required a succesful collaboration between Probuild, the design team and subcontractors.

Marina Tower's inclined towers. Image: Urban Melbourne

Our design team has collaborated with the client, architects, engineers and consultants to bring this Melbourne first to life. Marina Tower Melbourne is a truly iconic project. The structure ‘leans’ 280mm each level of the building - there’s nothing else like it in our city.

- Luke Stamboulis, Probuild Victorian Managing Director

Other innovative features include an LED lighting installation to the new public laneway, that transitions from the external environment into the apartment lobby, as well as a space-age sliding roof with integrated solar panels, concealing the retractable Building Maintenance Unit (BMU). 

A BMU provides workers with a platform to complete tasks such as cleaning or maintaining the facade – during construction and ongoing. It provides a support frame for maintenance workers to access the outside of the building in a safe environment. At Marina Tower, the BMU can extend up to 23 metres, meaning that workers are safely suspended at a maximum height of 163m when first extending out.

The complete unit weighs approximately 25 tonnes and is a considerable investment, taking into account the design and engineering challenges involved in this impressive feat.

Probuild this month handed over 461 apartments and all common areas, enabling early settlements. Construction on the unique design commenced in April 2015 and was originally scheduled for completion in 2018.

The first stage of the development which included the Four Points by Sheraton hotel, was completed in February, with opening occurring the following month in March. The hotel has been operating while construction on Marina Tower continued over the past six months.

Marina Tower from Ron Barassi Snr Oval. Image: Urban Melbourne


  • Three towers: Two residential, one hotel
  • Innovative design features, such as the slanting residential towers, sliding roof and the retractable Building Maintenance Unit
  • 43 and 36-storey  residential towers, 3,650m²
  • 7 storey hotel – Four Points by Sheraton
  • 461 apartments, 273 hotel rooms
  • Six storey car park with 290 spaces
  • Communal roof-deck, pool, spa, function rooms and BBQ areas

Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00
Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.