The Story of Sydney Eye Tower Construction

The Sydney Eye Tower, also known as the Sydney Tower Eye, is an iconic landmark that dominates the skyline of Australia’s largest city. This 309-meter tower is one of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting millions of visitors every year. 

Back in the 1960s when the New South Wales government launched a competition to design a high-rise building that would serve as a TV and radio broadcasting station. The competition was won by the architectural firm of Donald Crone and Associates, and the tower’s design was finalized in 1970

Beginning of Sydney Eye Tower Construction

Sydney Tower Construction began in the late 1970s, with the first 52 shops opening in 1972. The office component was completed in 1974. Finally, the Sydney Tower, which marked the final stage of the complex, opened to the public in September 1981. One of the challenges during the tower’s construction was the high winds that blew through Sydney’s central business district. To combat this, a unique scaffolding system was developed that allowed the tower to sway in the wind,  ensuring the safety of the workers.

The tower’s striking design has made it capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions, ranking it as one of the safest buildings in the world.

Key Facts of Sydney Eye Tower Construction:

  • Sydney Tower, standing at 309 meters.
  • Has two levels of restaurants, an observation deck, telecommunication and plant levels.
  • The capacity of 960 persons.
  • SKYWALK offers a thrilling outdoor adventure with views of the CBD from the highest outdoor viewpoint at 268 meters.
  • Three double-deck lifts, fire-isolated stairs, and a water tank for damping and stabilization ensure safety.
  • Sydney Tower’s 420 windows are cleaned by ‘Charlie,’ a semi-automatic window cleaning machine.
  • 56 cables stabilize the tower; the spire above is used for telecommunications and navigation.
  • Sydney Tower, also known as the Sydney Tower Eye, offers the best views from the highest point in the city.

Scaffolding at Sydney Eye Tower Construction

Scaffolding was crucial in constructing the Sydney Eye Tower. It provided a stable platform for workers to carry out their tasks at great heights, including installing steel columns and beams, pouring concrete, and installing the golden turret.

At Australian Scaffolds, we aim to work in this kind of historical building, offering our expertise and knowledge to solve our customer’s special needs.

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