Australian apartment building goes up in 5 days

The One9 apartment tower is a “boutique city fringe development” and consists of 34 one and two bedroom apartments over 9 levels.

The building was constructed using the Hickory Group’s Unitized Building system, which was developed by the architect Nonda Katsalidis. Although they don’t call the process modular construction (as they don’t have a fixed module size), the principles remain the same. The system allows for quicker construction, with less waste and disruption.

At this stage nine storeys are the highest they have gone, but it is theorized that this method could be used on buildings as high as 70 storeys.

Marketing Manager Nadia Salajic explains:

"We have also been fortunate to hire many ex-auto manufacturing workers in our ex-situ construction facility. In Australia our manufacturing sector is facing a major crises, with Toyota, [GM subsidiary] Holden and Ford all scaling back operations, leaving hundreds out of work. Our business has been bolstered by the hire of several of these workers, as they possess the vital skills that are necessary to manufacturing and not as common to the conventional construction process. These being design and 3D modelling upfront, procurement upfront, warehousing and material reuse.

© Hickory Group

With the support of architects, developers and banks willing to back this new type of project delivery, there is a real opportunity to create a viable new industry and new hybrid-worker that is skilled across both the building and manufacturing disciplines, and provide alternative employment for these displaced auto-workers."

This method of construction can prove to be very beneficial for future development in a property market where demand is high and stock is short.

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