See Geelong from above as Miramar apartment tower reaches full height as city’s tallest building
GEELONG turned on a spectacular sunny day for developer James Morphy to hold a topping out ceremony for the city’s tallest building.
Mr Morphy joined representatives of his project team including builder LU Simon, architects Watson Young, selling agents Whitford, advisory Charter Keck Cramer and consulting engineers Northrop after the building reached its 71m zenith.
“I’ve never had so much fun,” Mr Morphy enthused atop the Cavendish St structure.
“It’s amazing. You’d never think it would happen, getting it all together and it’s gone all right.
“I believe in Geelong and so many people said don’t do it,” he said.
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“There’s been a few failures (on the waterfront) so we made sure we did it right and LU Simon has been brilliant and (development partners) Morris Property Group has been brilliant. It’s fantastic.”
While the team gathered on the roof with a tree for the traditional ceremony, workers continued to remove the concrete boom pump after the structure for the 21-storey tower was completed last week.
But it’s not the end. Truckloads of supplies, including bags of plaster cement and cabinetry is being delivered as the fit-out team continues to work finishing the apartments.
Mr Morphy said the project is on target for a February completion, when buyers get their first chance to experience the incredible views across Geelong and the waterfront.
While building crews continue work on the project, stage 2 at Miramar is looming.
Planning is well underway on the second tower, which remarkably will be taller.
“Also I’ve been involved with 90 per cent of the sales,” he said.
“I got to know what the customers wanted and in tower number 2 we’ll make some minor adjustments.
“But generally, we feel as though we’ve got it right — we sold 80 per cent of it in the first seven weeks.”
The only tinge of sadness is the departure of the Winter & Taylor car dealership from the site after 65 years last weekend.
“I just can’t believe that this was our panel shop and it was sitting on such a big site,” he said.
“When my father came up here he said the last time I was standing here on this site it was a panel shop. But the views are so much better than anybody anticipated.”