This residential and retail master-planned development is strategically located between the Princes Highway and the Cooks River. The development incorporates the Wolli Creek railway station (part of the underground rail line to Sydney Airport) and the heritage-listed Tempe House.

Robert Bird group is completing buildings 11, 12 and 13, and previously completed buildings 1, 2, 4, the southern basement, and the master plan for the northern basement.

Project Value:
$600 million – over circa 8 stages
Year Completed:
Estimated 2018
Building Metrics:

  • Levels: 15 Towers up to 30
  • levels with up to 5 basement levels

Environmental Performance:
4 Star Greenstar
4.5 Star AGBR
Australand in Joint Venture with
Landcom / Urban Growth

Primary Contractor:
Cox Richardson + Bates Smart
(Master Planning)
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Construction Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Significant and interesting aspects of the project and Robert Bird Group’s role include the following:

  • Trunk storm water drainage is designed to connect through the heritage precinct and over an existing railway tunnel discharging to Cooks River.
  • Coordination of basement and tower designs was undertaken to avoid impact on operating rail infrastructure.
  • Staged construction was achieved in difficult ground conditions, with hydrostatic diaphragm walls and drained basement slabs.
  • Flood controls including management plans protect critical existing rail infrastructure from a probable maximum flood event.
  • Residential towers adjacent to rail were vibration-isolated within the building structure system.

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