Breathing new life into the heritage former Carlton United Brewery site, global construction contractor Multiplex has just completed Hengyi Pacific’s $350 million high-rise residential development, Swanston Central, delivering a shimmering new addition to Melbourne’s city skyline.

itting on the corner of Carlton’s
Victoria and Bouverie Streets at
160 Victoria Street,the
71-level Swanston Central boasts

a striking façade of interlocking
glass panels that change colour from green
to silver and pink, according to the light

Swanston Central’s location is in arguably one of Melbourne’s most desirable precincts with easy access to Melbourne’s extensive public transport network, CBD and Carlton restaurants, cafés, education, medical, commercial and retail precincts.

Designed by architects Elenberg Fraser, Swanston Central houses a total of 1,045 luxury residential apartments and 2,500 square metres of retail space over three podium levels and a laneway. On Level 22, there is 345 square metres of premium office space.

Delivering some of the most stunning panoramic views of the city, Swanston Central’s highest point reaches 257 metres above the street level.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director Graham Cottam said the contractor was proud to deliver this iconic new landmark high-rise tower to the city.

“With a rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, the delivery of Swanston Central has seen the original Carlton United Brewery site reborn into a vibrant vertical village. Supported by our xtensive experience in high-rise residential construction, we’re proud to have delivered Swanston Central on time and set a new benchmark in the luxury residential sector,” said Mr Cottam

“Swanston Central brings breathtaking views of Melbourne and a touch of luxury to the CBD, as well as much needed brand-new commercial office space. It was truly a pleasure to work on this regeneration project,” said Cottam.

Residents can enjoy a range of high-end facilities at Swanston Central with a 20-metre lap pool and children’s pool, spa, sauna, steams rooms, cabanas, lounge space, yoga room, spin room, and a multi-purpose room on Level 6.

Things get green on Level 47 with a unique wintergarden and a range of unique resident facilities including a library, boardroom, cinemas, games rooms, grand dining room and grand lounge bar. An exclusive residents sky lounge and dining area graces Level 69 and features panoramic views of Melbourne.

Swanston Central also presents a new lifestyle destination to Melbourne’s city dwellers with a premium retail and dining offering.

Paying homage to the city’s celebrated iconic laneways, Swanston Central has also delivered a new laneway behind the heritage building.

Interestingly, Swanston Central also includes the largest car stacker in the southern hemisphere with 222 car spaces provided over two levels of the underground carpark, which also includes 326 bicycle spaces.

The heritage-listed two-level Carlton United Brewery building at the front of the site has also been refurbished as part of the development and will be leased to retail and commercial tenants.

A signature feature of this historic building is a refurbished heritage board room from the 1800’s.

With a rich history, the site operated as a brewery for over 100 years from 1864 until 1987 when it was demolished. It was then vacant until Hengyi acquired it in 2016 and commenced construction on Swanston Central.

Hengyi has extensive experience developing highend residential and commercial real estate projects in Australia since 2010, including the 67-level Light House residential tower in Melbourne’s CBD which Multiplex also constructed.

Work on the Swanston Central project spanned over three years commencing in August, 2016 and completing

in March, 2020. According to Multiplex over 1,000 people worked on site throughout construction.

Strategic staged completions and handovers were put in place to enable residents to move in progressively from September 2018 up to March 2020

A range of innovative construction techniques were used by Multiplex including the use of precast formwork to build outriggers on the face of Levels 22, 47 and 48 and the installation of the entire curtain wall behind screens to improve safety.

According to Graham Cottam, Multiplex used pioneering construction and safety methods to adhere to the unique design of Swanston Central.

“We employed swivel arm technology to install curtain wall glass to freestanding hero columns without the need for tower cranes or mobile cranes, something we have not used before. This made for a safe and seamless delivery,” said Cottam.

A range of innovative environmentally sustainable design features were also included on Swanston Central, including a 50,000 litre rainwater tank that will assist with plant irrigation, pool top-up and filtering backwash.

Multiplex has extensive experience building luxury high-rise residential developments in Australia. Significant projects completed in Melbourne in recent years include the 54-level Southbank Place, 47-level Melbourne One, and the 319-metre tall Australia 108 which is now the highest residence in the Southern Hemisphere.

Other high-rise residential projects currently under construction in Melbourne by Multiplex include the $800 million Capitol Grand, $560 million 308 Exhibition Street and the $97 million apartment tower, Paragon.