Holiday Inn Express, Little Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC

Innovative modular precast core

A 33 level building providing 300-room hotel along with shops and offices is planned for the 1254-square-metre site running from 595 to 599 Little Collins Street, less than a block from Melbourne’s biggest transport hub.

Taking advantage of builder Hickory’s appetite for precast and modular structure, the building features an innovative modular precast core consisting of large monolithic precast blocks that are vertically stacked and dowelled together, providing the strength and stiffness required to support a building of this size in a fraction of the time required to construct and in-situ core.

While the first 8 office floors are created using traditional post-tensioned slabs, the remaining hotel floors are created using precast concrete planks that form part of Hickory’s HBS system. These are delivered to site with façade panels and services already attached allowing them to be rapidly installed on site before being fastened together using post tensioned cables thereby creating a high quality floor plate in a fraction of the time required for a traditional concrete build.

Client: Pro-Invest

Architect: Reid Campbell

Value: $77.5M

Completion: 2021

Sector: Hotels & Resorts

Services: Structural