Melbourne Plans to Erect 23 New Skyscrapers
Melbourne’s construction scene is looking on the gigantic side with more than 20 200-metre skyscrapers either being built or planned.
The latest edition to the Australian city’s skyline is the Prima Pearl tower located in Southbank, standing at 256 metres and nearing completion.
It will be the second-tallest apartment block, but a whole 41 metres short of the Eureka Tower which also happens to be the tallest building in Melbourne.
According to the Urban Melbourne website, the city has 23 towers above 200 metres being built or proposed. This is a remarkable rise given that the first building of this size appeared in 1986 with just six more being constructed in the following 28 years.
Southbank aside, most of the giant towers are being concentrated on the western and northern edges having been signed off by the Napthine government and Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who approves or rejects projects of more than 25,000 square metres.
While these latest developments are causing a sense of jealousy in Sydney, concerns have been raised by Melbourne locals that such a volume of massive developments is leading to a lack of open space. Other problems include wind tunnelling and overshadowing.
Sydney’s high-rise developments are currently restricted by a 235 metre height restriction.
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.