300 George Street Blogumentary
The W Hotel tower reaches the big 30 levelsLast week the W Hotel tower lift core finally reached the 30 level mark. Only two more levels until its proposed height is reached (plus some utility space above it all).
George Street closed off on the weekend with a mobile craneI had Elise send these photos showing George Street closed off on Sunday. There's a mobile crane blocking most of the road and it appears that sections of a new crane are being lifted up. The new crane is assembled onsite already.
W Hotel curved window installationThose W Hotel curved windows look amazing from the ground level. When I first saw them I thought they surely must be a single piece installs but I was wrong. Each curved window is made up of about 7 separate facets. Here are some pictures and a time lapse video of their installation.
Night time construction zoom in funIt's great seeing the construction site during the day, but at night it really has an eerie feel. These are some zoomed in photos I took over the weekend. This is as close as my camera allows at 30x optical zoom.
Updates between 5th of June and 10th of JuneHere's quite a big update from Bernard for the past week. There are also a couple of bonus photos showing the update on the curved glass of the W hotel building and a photo from me showing the workers from up above looking along North Quay.
A slow week around EasterThere was just one update from Bernard last week. Doesn't look like much work is going on around the Easter break. Hope all the workers went egg hunting!
First two time lapse videos for 2017Since there was no progress on site during the later parts of December 2016 and beginning of January, there won't be any time lapse videos for that period. Below are the first two time lapses from Bernard for 2017 however, enjoy!
Time lapse footage of the 1 William Street construction over the past two years I've put together all of the footage of the 1 William Street construction from my Riverside Expressway Cam. It's not quite 300 George Street, but you can see the cranes from that construction in these videos too. The footage captures shots taken between June 2014 to December 2016. There are two videos, a day time one and a night time one.
A time lapse bonanza - September 23 to November 4Here's a collection of six time lapse videos from Bernard covering the period between September 23rd and November 4th. There hasn't been a time lapse update in a while so here they all are in one go. Enjoy!
Updates between 7th of November and 10th of NovemberHere's an update from Bernard for the current week. It's a bit earlier than usual but I will be going away on an extended vacation as of tonight. I'll try to keep the blog updated when I can, but I am not sure how much Internet access I will have while travelling.
No updates from last weekThere aren't any updates from last week so here's a photo of what the site looks like at night when looking at it from across the river. This week's updates will be posted at the end of the week as usual.
Updates between 5th of September and 9th of SeptemberHere's an update for the past week. There was a little mix up with some of the photos so not all of them are shown for each of the days, but the general progress is there. The 'no work' day photo looks really cool with all the cranes pointing straight up!
Updates between 22nd of August and 26th of AugustFew interesting updates from last week. Looks like the work on the res tower is finally starting to start to catch up. As usual lately there was work going on on Saturday with a lane of North Quay blocked off to traffic.
Updates between 15th of August and 19th of AugustHere's an update from last week, quite a bit of work done. The commercial tower is almost at the street level now. The hotel tower is well above street level at this point and the residential tower is still quite deep in the pit.
Updates between 1st of August and 5th of AugustLooks like there was no work at the site on Thursday this week. Apart from that it's full steam ahead all the other days. I'm looking over to the site now (Saturday) and can see there's activity going on too with one lane of North Quay blocked off to traffic and a concrete pumping boom set up.
Updates between 25th of July and 29th of JulyQuite a big update for the past week from Bernard. Check out how high the NW crane reaches now in the pictures for the 28th of July. It's still not over the height of the 'Quay Central' building but is not far off!
Updates between 18th July and 22nd of JulyHere are some of the updated from Bernard for the past week. It was quite foggy in Brisbane during the week with two days having very heavy fog, one of the photos shows this. Check out my previous post earlier on the week that shows how heavy the fog was.
Updates between 4th July and 8th of JulyAnother big update from Bernard this week. Check out the details below. As I write this I can see that a concrete pumping arm has been deployed on the North Quay side with a lane blocked off to traffic again. Looks like work is continuing most weekends now.
Concrete pumping on the weekendI took a couple of these photos last weekend. One of the lanes on the North Quay side was blocked off to traffic with concrete trucks arriving and a concrete pumping boom set up.
Updates between 6th June and 10th of JuneNot as much progress this week probably due to the break in over the last weekend, however the broken equipment seems to have been replaced now. See more detailed updates from Bernard below.
Updates between 16th and 20th of MayNot as many updates as last week, but it looks like the crews keep working every single weekend for the time being. Check out the detailed daily updates below from Bernard.
Cement trucks working over the weekendI noticed this weekend that the cement trucks were making deliveries. At least on Saturday work was continuing. Hopefully this doesn't mean they're running behind and having to catch up on weekends.
Climbing formwork explanation videoHere's an interesting video that explains how a climbing formwork is put together and moved up with each new floor being created. The video is a little dated and I'm sure the technologies has improved since but it gives a nice overview of what's involved
Updates between 18th April and 22th of AprilAll three building lift cores are coming up quite quickly now and it looks like the hotel underground floors have finally reached up to the ground level. Below are more detailed updates from Bernard throughout the week...
Cogent Scaffolding wins the contract for 300 George StreetCogent Scaffolding has announced last week that they've won the contract for scaffolding works at 300 George Street. Cogent has quite an impressive list of past and current projects under their belt so I am sure they will do a fantastic job!
Updates between 11th April and 15th of AprilThe commercial tower lift core is well under way now and the hotel tower underground sections are almost complete with it nearly reaching street level this week. Below are more detailed updates sent in by Bernard.
Updates between 4th April and 8th of AprilWork is back on at the site after a whole week off around Easter. Check out the more detailed updates below from Bernard. It's amazing how quickly all the concrete is going up.
Google Maps reflects the site construction nowI've been checking Google Maps for 300 George Street every month or so to see when it will update to reflect that it's under construction and it's finally happened. Now the site image looks like a construction site from several weeks ago.
Updates between 13th March and 19th of MarchHere are a couple of updates from Bernard over the past week. Looks like it's business as usual at the site, making steady progress and the hotel lift core is getting higher and higher.
Updates between 29th February and 5th of MarchThere was quite steady progress at the site over the past week. The lift cores getting higher and higher every day and more formwork and pouring of concrete. Check out the more detailed updates from Bernard below.
Time lapse of the site between 19th and 26th February 2016Here's another time lapse video from Bernard showing the site between the 19th and 26th of Feburary. This video has footage of the fourth crane being assembled. Its easy to miss but if you look at around the 0:33 mark you will see it, it's fully assembled by the 0:45 mark.
The fourth crane has been assembled on siteSome great developments last week. The fourth crane is now assembled and a service elevator has been put up next to the hotel lift core. The progress has really accelerated. Check out more detailed updates from Bernard below...
Time lapse of the site between 5th and 12th February 2016Here's another time lapse video from Bernard showing the site between the 5th and 12th of Feburary. I noticed that there are quite bright lights on during the night now, guess that's to allow work to continue over night.
Peek inside the site and more concrete is pumpingHere are a couple of updates from Geoff and Bernard and myself. First Geoff was kind enough to send in some photos from inside the site, have a look it's good to get a perspective from the inside.
On the ground look at the constructionI went for a little peek around the Adelaide St and North Quay sides of the construction site over the weekend to see what I could get a look at. These are the pictures I took from the ground level. There are bobcats a plenty around the site!
A flood of updates this week, including DA changes to the siteThere has been a flood of updates towards the end of the week with photos and information sent in by long time readers Geoff, Bernard and Steve. One of the things I missed earlier this month is that there is a Slight Update for 300 George Street & W Hotel DA. On the most part it looks like the number of larger units was decreased in favour of two bedroom apartments. Additional roofing has been added and car parking spaces have been increased.
Concrete, concrete everywhereJust as predicted lots of concrete was poured in since the last update. The site is really starting to transform now from an excavation to a full blown construction.
Residential tower lift core concrete slab being poured inThe concrete slab around the residential tower has finally started to be poured in place. At a distance it doesn't look like a huge area, but zooming in you can see how deep some of the parts actually are and that will all require filling in.
More concrete being poured inI've got another update from Bernard a couple of days ago but didn't have time to put it up until now. You can definitely see the progress in this new photo that he's sent in. There are new floor slabs that have been poured in place and more.
Close up of the W Hotel tower lift core scaffoldI've had Bernard, one of the readers, send in a picture this morning. It's a close-up of the lift core scaffold for the hotel building at 300 George Street. It looks just about ready to put on some height.
More of the lift shafts are starting to pop upI've received quite a detailed update from Bernard, a reader who has contributed in the past. Lots of work is going ahead at the site. It's great to see the site from this vantage point, really puts it into perspective. Many thanks for this contribution!
Update from the site: looks like a lift shaft has been startedI've had one of the readers, Geoff, send a couple of photos of the site. It looks like one of the lift shafts has been started now. The side walls all appear to be reinforced too and completed too. There is a bit more excavation going on in same parts as well.
Night time works with a mobile crane, North Quay blocked offNot sure what was going on exactly last night, but there was a mobile crane blocking off North Quay. I was hoping it would be assembling a new crane onsite, but sadly that was not the case. For a long time the mobile crane just stood there with lights off all around, it was gone by 3am.
January to September time lapse of 1 William Street ConstructionThis isn't exactly the 300 George Street construction, but since the 1 William Street site is in my line of site and I have all the footage from Expressway Cam this is a little treat. Below is a time lapse of of the construction between January and September 2015.
Cement trucks arriving to fill the North Quay closed footpathIt's getting harder and harder to get photos from the ground, but I was fortunate enough to snap this one from above of cement trucks arriving to bring cement to fill the North Quay footpath that's been closed off to public. It appears that the whole of North Quay side is cemented in now and used as part of the site now.
Footpaths are now closed around the siteWhile out for an evening walk and trying to walk past the site I noticed that the footpaths around the site are all closed to public now. The only way to get past is on George street. The North Quay and Adelaide St footpaths are completely inaccessible by foot.
More concrete and barbed wire fencingMore and more concrete is being poured in around the edges of the dig site. The side next to the overpass is getting a concrete wall now.
Drilling and additional blue fencing erectedThere's more drilling going on at the site, metal beams are also being driven into the ground. In addition, the site has a new blue fence that can't be seen through around some of the sides.
Metal beams being lifted with cranesI had Elise send these photos in. It looks like some metal beams are being lifted with cranes, I presume these are going into the ground as a part of the foundation.
Excavation and drilling equipment onsite and in useThe last part of the building is quickly coming down now, meanwhile the excavation and drilling equipment has been moved onsite and is being used. Hopefully soon we will be looking at a big hole instead of piles of dirt.
Mainland Civil Engineering contractors move inMost of the demolition has been completed and the civil engineering contractors, Mainland, seem to have moved in on site. Some drilling equipment has arrived too. Amazing that there were parts of a building here just weeks ago.
Fencing is upI went to have a look at the site today to see what's happening, at the moment it looks like the fencing has been up for a while and apart from that I am not seeing too much activity. So here are some photos of what I saw.