Probuild tops out World Class Global's Avant ahead of schedule

Located at 54 A'beckett Street, the 55-storey avant has topped out months ahead of schedule, with builder Probuild citing its use of its innovative construction methodology – The Probuild Construction System (PCS) -  as a key factor in achieving this significant milestone.

Designed by Elenberg Fraser for Singaporean developer World Class Global, avant will upon completion feature 456 residential apartments comprising a mix of one, two and three bedrooms.

The 167m high tower boasts 18,500m2 of distinctive façade with custom coloured glazing and feature diagrid fins that envelop the entire building. Currently installed to level 51, this façade was directly procured by Probuild from premium suppliers in China.

Webcam photo of the now topped-out avant. Image : Probuild

We’re delivering a lot of the future Melbourne skyline right now. With so many high-rise projects on the go, you develop expertise and get very efficient at what you do.

The PCS is our efficiency methodology borrowed from the automotive industry. They’ve been doing this for years. We’re currently in development linking our supply chain system, with IOT monitoring and digital payment system both integrated. It’s a very exciting time in construction.

“The level of efficiency we’re seeing at avant is equally impressive. PCS has again enabled us to top out months ahead of schedule, and it’s looking like we’ll be handing over to our client World Class Global well in advance as well. 

 - Probuild Victorian Managing Director, Luke Stambolis

avant joins a growing suite of other towers delivered or under construction by Probuild in the northern CBD including MY80, its sister building Empire, Victoria One and Aurora Melbourne Central, which will become the tallest tower in the Melbourne CBD.

Architects Elenberg Fraser describe the tower's lace-like facade as reminiscent of fishnets, with the colour of the glazing inspired by their client's family jewellery business. The tower's corners are also chamfered within each facade segment, emphasising the lattice's pattern while also addressing wind concerns. With the neighbouring MY80 building in close proximity, directional fins have been applied to provide privacy while still maintaining views out.

We weren’t afraid to bring logic to the foreground of avant – our new slender, 55 storey residential tower on A’Beckett Street. The structural elements that govern the building’s massing are articulated through a geometric pattern spread across the building’s surface.

This distinctive façade clearly shows the structural density is compressed into the base of the building, stretching out to the top. But avant has a softer side as well: the lace-like exo skeleton and chamfered corners create a delicate fishnet effect – our formula? Super structure + super graphic = super surface.

There is even a story behind the vivid violet glazing – a nod to the heritage of the developer World Class Land and their parent company Aspial, whose family jewellery business patented the precious alloys to create purple gold.

- Elenberg Fraser

Probuild is scheduled to hand over 203 apartments, up to level 29 this month before handing over the remaining 253 apartments – along with three levels of residential communal amenities - to Wold Class Global in mid-2018.


  • Client :World Class Global
  • Architect : Elenberg Fraser 
  • Builder : Probuild
  • Project Manager : Sinclair Brook
  • Town Planner : Urbis
  • Building Surveyor : PLP
  • Civil Engineer: WSP
  • Fire Engineer: Omni Energy
  • Land Surveyor : Reeds 
  • Quantity Surveyor : WT Partnership 
  • Services Engineer : Murchie Consulting
  • Acoustic Engineer : Murchie Consulting
  • Landscape Architect : Tract
  • Waste Consultant : Leigh Design
  • ESD Consultant : Murchie Consulting
  • Wind Engineer : Mel Consultants
  • Traffic Engineer: TTM Consulting
  • Structural Engineer : WSP Structures
  • Mechanical Engineer : Murchie Consulting 
  • Hydraulic Engineer : Murchie Consulting

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