“Park Towers was the pinnacle of the Victorian Housing Commisions high rise public housing program which led the world in the development of the precast concrete panel high rise from 1964 to 1975.” A whole city block of four streets and 83 buildings were to be demolished to make way for the single tower. Completed 1969, 31 storeys, the tallest of the many #HousingCommission towers. R R Prentice was Chief Architect of the HCV until mid 1971 and is noted specifically as the architect of Park Towers. RJB Hiscox was the Engineer, and CV Hore the Chief Technical Officer and also an engineer.
Here’s one I prepared earlier (2016) #AthertonGardens#HousingCommission in #Fitzroy ; they look nice in the sun. “Two of the four #athertongardens#housingcommissiontowers in #fitzroy , one of 9 big #highrise#publichousing estates in #Melbourne , all built between the early 60s and 1971, along with about a dozen single towers dotted about, nearly all built using the same #pebbledash#precastpanels , produced by the commission's own factory.
What started as #slumclearance providing better housing (eg with internal bathrooms) for poor renters in the inner suburbs turned into a bit of a juggernaut, and came to a crashing halt. Unlike Britain, where lots were built substandard, and estates became horrible 'sinks', and have been demolished, our estates, after a period of crime, drugs, tvs flying off balconies etc in the 70s and early 80s, became the place where the most recent refugees are put. So they've housed Vietnamese, Bosnians, Afghans (I'm guessing actually) - anyway they now house lots of Somali and Sudanese, as well as few now elderly original tenants. So the towers are still useful, and house too many people to just pull down. (though I've heard that since the external panels are load bearing, they'd implode rather nicely).”
Spent some time this afternoon checking in on the Vermilion Valley Lodge. A few times every year we get to step outside the norm and get involved in larger scale projects.
L&J Contracting our Authorized Dealer is doing the framing on this complex build. Main floor walls of phase 1 are complete. Second floor joists are going up as I type this.
Project is progressing nicely with credit to our panelized walls fitting beautifully with the combination of existing structure, new concrete and new steel. It’s wonderful when a plan comes together. #systembuilt#panelsarebetter#panelizedconstruction#assistedlivingfacility#albertabuilders