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Concrete In Australia : September 2009
60 Concrete in Australia Vol 35 No 3 Overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, spanning an entire city block and with easy access to nearby city offices, the cosmopolitan 343-unit Metropolitan Apartment complex in Civic Square is quickly becoming the residence of choice for busy people wanting a convenient, yet relaxing lifestyle in the nation's capital. The Metropolitan offers a luxurious, low maintenance, leisurely environment in a green urban setting with tree-lined boulevards, landscaped gardens and attractive pedestrian walkways. Worth more than $80 million, this multi-level building has much to offer potential residents and is already developing its own community spirit. Both single and two-storey apartments are available, many with double frontages. All have at least one balcony providing sweeping views of either the lake, the surrounding mountains or a private landscaped space, while the interiors have been tastefully designed and have ensuite, intercom, air-conditioning and spacious, light-filled kitchens and bathrooms. Construction Manager David Colbertaldo of Hindmarsh says, "Each of the buildings has its own unique character and we wanted different aesthetics for each. To achieve this we used a range of colours and textures from the Boral masonry range which suited our needs perfectly and were very cost-effective." The project required almost 150,000 masonry blocks in both Split Face and Smooth Face in a range of colours including Charcoal, Sandune, Alabaster, Midway, Wilderness and Pearl Grey. The complex supply schedule was undertaken over 18 months and was completed in four stages to fit in with the timetable of constructing the eight individual buildings. "We tried to ensure that all operations ranging from design to construction were carried out in an efficient and cost-effective manner and we have produced a residential development that is truly outstanding in every sense of the word," says David. PROJECT REVIEW The Very Cosmopolitan Metropolitan Architect/Designer: Bligh Voller Nield Builder: Hindmarsh Developer: Amalgamated Property Group Product: Boral Masonry -- Designer BlockTM