Occupying a 2134m2 block of premium land, Leopold residential apartments is a commercial/residential development situated in Melbourne’s residential and business district. The project involved the internal demolition of existing commercial fit out, the construction of an additional six levels and the fit-out of 174 residential apartments as well as four office tenancies. The works undertaken comprised of a new wall facade, the attachment of 97 new balconies to the existing structure, and installation of a structural steel transfer level with lightweight floor system (Powerscope).
The original building was eight floors high but an additional six floors were added, bringing it to a total of 14 floors. Leopold will comprise of 176 apartments in total, with a mixture of studio style as well as, one, two and three bedrooms. One of the most challenging aspects of this project was getting across the line, as the original designs specified staggered studs, and the builder was hesitant in changing over. Once the benefits of construction and acoustics were outlined, the builder agreed to erect a prototype and eventually signed off and approved the system.