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Old October 29th, 2002, 01:08 PM   #1
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Work begins on RDT(but don't get too excited)=mmm

Driving along Wells St.today,at the rear of the Royal Domain Tower site,I did a double-take at seeing the boards up,some equipment,workers and portable units.I asked one of the blokes if work was starting on it,and he told me they were beginning the piling,as the permit expired on 14/11,and there had to have been some progress by that date.He added that actual construction awaited enough sales(per usual).Still,one small step....
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Old October 29th, 2002, 01:15 PM   #2
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exxxccellleeennt

another -tall- resi tower taking it's first infant steps

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Old November 3rd, 2002, 11:47 AM   #3
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And just to jolt everyone's memory:







And the swanky TV ad: http://www.wilsoneverard.com.au/clients/tvcs/base.html (WMV format)

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Old November 3rd, 2002, 11:52 AM   #4
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What's the name of the tower just to the right of RDT, in those renderings?

Because that tower already looks very tall in relation to the rest of the St.Kilda corridor - imagine how tall RDT will look!!
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Old November 3rd, 2002, 12:05 PM   #5
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St. James apartments, or umm "Sebel Suites" had a name change, anyway, ONE of them

it's 30 levels @ 120 metres according to Skyscraperpage.com

look out for this which is also under construction:

Eight on Dorcas:



And I think this is still at sales - The Hallmark, which is the old Holiday Inn on St. Kilda Road



"oooh"



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Old November 11th, 2002, 03:35 PM   #6
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Here is a construction pic taken on Sunday:

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Old November 12th, 2002, 09:58 AM   #7
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Those low rise balconies on the left of the above photo are going to enjoy the most wonderful views!


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Old November 12th, 2002, 10:41 AM   #8
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<img src ="http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/dandaman/city/DCP01620%20(Small).jpg"><br><img src ="http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/dandaman/city/DCP01619%20(Small).jpg"><br> I took these today from my Dads offices in the Corperate old building. Dad tells me there is another pilon hole behind the crane in the first photo. Also in the first photo there is the steel mesh that they will lower into the holes. Its just to the left of the crane. <br> I'll talk to my Dad about maybe setting up a webcam in his office. But he is only on dial up so I dunno.
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Old November 12th, 2002, 11:53 AM   #9
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can't wait to see this tower's core rise also!

smallish site as well for a bulky tower too

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Old November 12th, 2002, 02:53 PM   #10
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hey they are some great shots. When full blown construction starts, I know who i'll ask for pics. Uewepuep your dad will get a birds eye view into the carpark when it's done though, so much for natural sunlight and city views.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 04:08 AM   #11
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hey they are some great shots. When full blown construction starts, I know who i'll ask for pics. Uewepuep your dad will get a birds eye view into the carpark when it's done though, so much for natural sunlight and city views.
<br> Yeah I know, they are planning to move once construction reaches their window height. Mainly because they think it will be noisy.<br> I used to be able to park for free where they are drilling now! =( <br> And for those who dont get my nick. uewepuep is dandaman upsidedown. So you don't have to capitalise it, it doesnt work when you do =).
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Old November 13th, 2002, 03:38 PM   #12
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[QUOTE][size=1]Originally posted by Adam from Oz
Those low rise balconies on the left of the above photo are going to enjoy the most wonderful views!


Cheers,Adam
I may be wrong,but I think those existing balconies will be integrated into RDT;the smaller existing buildings fronting St Kilda Road are being used in the advertising as "the grand entrance" which is "already built",so I guess the tower will be joined up at the base,and the balconies in the photo will disappear?
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Old November 13th, 2002, 04:03 PM   #13
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That's correct.

The 'old' buildings' with the St Kilda Rd frontage will be restored and the new building will be intergrated with them.

You can see them in the pic that tayser posted.

Similar to what CE had to do with the City Point tower on Bourke St.

So i guess we can add yet ANOTHER 500+ footer to the U/C list.

You gotta love Melbourne and all her cranes...

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Old November 14th, 2002, 03:34 AM   #14
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Dunno how many of you travel the same way I do into the city, however just this morning in my daily gawk at the skyline from the train going over the Yarra at Cremorne (Richmond ), I only just noticed how much Sebel (St. James apartments) protrudes from the jungle, and can only imagine how "prominent" RDT will surely be!
I need a digi-cam, just like how I want pics of City Road on the St. Kilda Light rail flyover

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Old November 15th, 2002, 07:39 AM   #15
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I decided to check out (with Tayser) the RDT site and the display suite today.

Work has been progressing on the piles with the 30 tonne digger and the piler working today.

The guy in charge at the display showed me around and explained that they had sold 42 or 43 out of 120 apartments. This is just past the magic one third mark.

He explained that the same company was building the Flinders wharf at the Yarra River and was keen and happy that construction had started on RDT.

Interestingly all the most expensive 8-10 apts on levels 35-42(ave price $3-4 million) have been sold.

Even though the apartments are on average almost $2mill they are magnificently appointed and about as far from the investor market as possible. These things are for the rich and only the rich. fire places, sweeping views and on average about 180-200 sqm. Even with these prices there were two couples keenly looking over the plans for the three and four bedroom apts in the $2-3 million range.

Sales certainly wont be lightning but from what i saw they have sold, and are selling enough for the biggest building on St kilda Rd to go ahead. (I believe it's 152m (500 feet) to the top of the roof and another 10m for the feature and spire on top)

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Old November 15th, 2002, 07:49 AM   #16
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Hmm.. 43 apartments sold is actually pretty good, particularly given the price and given appartently mostly expensive ones have been sold..

I'm still not convinced tho.. it doesn't sound like a foregone conclusion by any stretch that this definately going ahead..

Still.. it will be fantastic if it does!
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Old November 15th, 2002, 07:51 AM   #17
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so, Dean and tayser, which one of you two was the buyer from Sydney?

hmm, so it's most definately a spire on top then? doubt they'll use it for radio equipment, I guess thats safe to say.
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Old November 15th, 2002, 09:49 AM   #18
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no sphere for the top!

w00t

my shithouse rendition of the spire (from memory):



Light Blue = LMR

two thing dark blue (vertical) sticks = spikes / mini-spires

Horizntal blue lines = fake balcony type things

lol sorry I dun have AutoCAD or anything like that to make it 3d, not to mention in yet another hurry (compiling stuff from building count I did today )

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Old November 15th, 2002, 02:03 PM   #19
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142m to main roof
152m to LMR
162m to tip of spires (the same height as the arts centre spire)
so 162m structural height
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Old November 15th, 2002, 02:26 PM   #20
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why did I even bother straining my brain to remember how the top looked ?

heh

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