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Providing the 'X' factor

19.01.2024 | Press
Located at one of North Sydney’s most prestigious addresses, we take a closer look at how Doka’s formwork and engineering expertise have helped to deliver this atmospheric high-rise with some of the finest views in the city.

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Described as North Sydney's newest address that “combines tailored luxury with a harbour panorama”, the 29-storey high-rise, which includes residences, penthouses, communal amenities, and retail, is being constructed by Aqualand, the Australian-owned and operated luxury property, hospitality and investment group. Replete with oversized luxury residences designed by leading Australian architect Woods Bagot and with interiors designed by Richards Stanisich, AURA by Aqualand’s unusual design required a variable formwork solution that could cater to the building’s unique shape without slowing down construction.

Commencing work with Dalma Form Specialists in December 2021, Doka provided design and engineering services for its Telescopic Protection Screen Xclimb 60 and Protection Screen Xclimb 20 systems (Eco-Screen). As a structure-attached, crane-lifted climbing system, the Telescopic Protection Screen Xclimb 60 is guided on vertical profiles fixed to the structure, meaning an entire climbing unit can be safely and easily repositioned in a single crane cycle, even during adverse weather. As a modular system, its multifunctional features also enabled it to be used as formwork for high-rise cores, piers and facades, and a protection screen. It also meant that subsequent finishing work could be sped up by being able to lift four screens at a time. For site teams, the lightweight guiding shoes also meant less physical work, which was particularly appreciated during Sydney’s scorching summer months.

Speaking on behalf of the client, Dalma Form Managing Director Jason Andrijic said, "Working with Doka's engineering teams to create a suitable formwork solution has supported not only the timely progress of AURA by Aqualand but also the safety of site teams who are able to focus on the job in hand. As a result of the formwork systems provided, we were able to climb four screens at a time while still catering to AURA by Aqualand’s distinct architectural design."

With the screens returned at the end of July 2023, AURA by Aqualand is approximately 80 per cent complete and on track to be handed over in mid-2024, where it will become one of the city's most sought-after residential addresses.

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