Miramar apartments set to be Geelong’s tallest building

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Form worker Tom Fowler. Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

PEOPLE living at Ceres, Barrabool and Gnarwarre know Corio Bay’s enormous scale from a distance but from the 19th floor above Western Beach it becomes up close and personal.

This is the spot where the Miramar apartments takes over the mantle as the city’s tallest building.

And from that vantage there are some surprising ­revelations.

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View looking towards Kardinia Park with the Geelong Magistrates Courts in the foreground. Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

Like Geelong’s library. It is already an incredible building from street level, but its full magnificence becomes apparent gazing down on the dome through the safety cage that protects workers atop the still growing tower.

There is also the sense that you are measuring yourself like a teen every time you meet your grandparents.

Geelong Hospital. Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

Geelong CBD with the Worksafe building on left.Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

About 65m, it feels as is you are just above eye-level with the 15-storey WorkSafe building on Malop St.

St Mary’s, further up the hill, is a shade taller, but the spire is getting pretty thin.

And it is hard to tell with GMHBA Stadium’s light towers, which at 73m remain the tallest structure in Geelong.

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Project team from LU Simon Builders, Whitford Property, Charter Keck Cramer and Morris Property Group. Picture: Peter Ristevski

Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

View looking along Mercer Street toward Corio. Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

There is also the perspective of Geelong in miniature.

Like the Vlocity trains powering from beneath the Geelong train station roof.

Eastern Beach appears like a scale model, its bright sand reaching the promenade that takes full shape over the water.

And what is that helipad pontoon doing near Cunningham Pier?

A view towards Eastern Beach Promenade with Deakin Waterfront Campus in the foreground. Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

The horizon stretches further up here. You can see the base of the ring of hills surrounding the city, from Ceres to the You Yangs, while the Bellarine Peninsula headland touches the water near Clifton Springs.

It was a calm day to experience Geelong from this height, where the layout of the streets form parallel lines running to the south and west.

Geelong Railway Station. Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

Tour of the Miramar building, Geelong. Picture: Peter Ristevski

Individual shops and ­houses take shape in the city, Newtown and Geelong West.

The concrete was poured here the day before we visited but in a few months the occupants of four residences will move in and enjoy what will be a rare vantage.

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