568 Collins

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

  • Location:

    568 Collins Street, Melbourne

  • Construction duration:

    36 months

  • Completion date:

    July 2015

  • Client:

    Stamoulis Property Group

  • Architect:

    Bruce Henderson Architects

  • Structural and civil engineer:


  • Building services engineer:

    MAC Engineering Solutions

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. 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.

First Hickory Project to utilise Sync bathroom pods. The 794 project bathrooms were manufactured offsite, complete with tiling, joinery, finishes and fittings, enabling a parallel track construction program, reducing fitout cycles by up to 20%.

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

Specialised consulting with scientists from BASF assisted concrete suppliers to develop a flowable mix that met requirements for strength and pumping due to the 224 metre height of the building.