Walking the tall talk

The tallest tower in North Sydney, completed in 2023, has taken out two prestigious global awards, making its designers and developer very proud indeed.

 A 50-level mixed use building standing 180 metres tall, 88 Walker Street, is home to two hotels and 24 levels of office space, and took four years to complete.

The building has a pair of curved forms including a side core and has a striking cantilevered design with an illuminated soffit above the heritage façade of the former North Sydney Fire Station.

The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) bestowed the awards on the project: Tall Building by Height (100-199 metres), and by Region (Oceania). The wins allow the tall tower to compete for the coveted Overall Category Winner within both divisions.

88 Walker Street, costing $372 million, was developed by Billbergia.

“We’re honoured to have received our first international awards for this monumental project. It is testament to the efforts of our in-house design, engineering and construction teams, our collaborators, and architects fitzpatrick + partners,” said Saul Moran, Development Director – Planning and Design at Billbergia.

Paul Reidy of fitzpatrick + partners, said the company was, “thrilled to be recognised in both categories and exceptionally proud of the built outcome”.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.