Client: Mitraland Australia

Esque Apartments – South Yarra

Quintessentially Melbourne the Esque Apartments development is the latest of a number of major residential high rise projects to hit the trendy inner city suburb of South Yarra, located on the prestigious Chapel street Esque apartments offers a contemporary lifestyle of upmarket living on the doors of the famous Chapel street renown for its boutique shopping, bustling cafes and restaurants.

Commissioned by Mitraland Australia Esque apartments comprises 20 storeys of high rise living incorporating 66 apartments and shops plus 44 car spaces in the basement. Veleo Constructions in South Melbourne is the builder with the structures contract given to Markscon a privately owned and operated business by brothers John and Sam Marks. Markscon are a leading concrete structure contractor specialising in Domestic and Commercial works

Our approach is simple – to deliver what we promise and exceed all expectations.

A first for both Companies

In essence this is a first for Acrow and its signals one of our first projects certainly in Victoria since the acquisition of Natform in August 2018 where we have designed and engineered a dry hired a formwork solution for soffit and back propping support combined with a screens solution for edge and fall protection.

Construction Manager Joseph McCann (Markscon) who has worked on projects before with Acrow saw real value in the relationship with Acrow to deliver and supply an engineered solution to meet his requirements especially in the basement to level 4 which was complex and critical to the success of the project.

“We know Acrow, we have worked with them before and the relationship is good, its also important we get the service and the gear supplied at competitive prices, and it also helps that we are familiar with their formwork systems. The challenge for us on this job is that there is very little laydown area on site which means the coordination of deliveries to and from site is critical – that has been achieved with Acrow”

“The surprise also for us was how they went about on delivering their screen solution, we were in a bit of a bind having being let down by a previous supplier, but Acrow stepped right in with Natform offering a bespoke screen solution and turning the engineering and design around fully costed in 3 weeks. With the screen anchors cast into the slabs the installation couldn’t have gone better, there was sense of urgency with Marko Zaknic (Natform Project Engineer) on site to assist during the installation of the screens and revisiting to assist in the hydraulic jumping of the screens up 2 floors”

“I would definitely be happy to recommend and work with the Acrow and Natform combined on another project”

Key Features of the project.

  • 20 Floor High Rise Residential Apartments plus 4 Basements
  • 66 Apartments and shops
  • 44 Car spaces.

Esque Apartments – General information

  • Location: 649 Chapel Street South Yarra
  • Estimate Value: $20 million
  • Developer: Mitraland Australia
  • Builder: Valeo Construction, Markson – Structure Contractor


  • Supply of FW frames and Accessories
  • Fully Engineered with drawings issued for construction.
  • Experienced Project management.


  • Supply of up to 12m high Super Cuplok support system for 1200mm deep Transfer slab
  • Design and supply combination of Acrow props and V-Shore frames for 2000mm deep suspended lift shaft slab
  • Acrow Aluminium GASS props for back propping slabs
  • Designs for suspended slabs formwork support
  • Coordinated deliveries of gear to restricted and limited access.


  • Acrow Frames
  • Acrow Super Cuplock
  • Acrow Aluminium GASS Props


  • Bespoke Screens solution, purpose built to match the profile of the building.
  • Fully Engineered drawings including SWMS and engineering certifications.
  • Site inspections including liaising with the consulting engineers on the site.
  • Full onsite Project Engineer and supervision during the installation and jumping of the screens.


  • Identifying issues upfront such as adjoining structures, amenities clashing, installation and bracing of precast upturns as well as imposed loads of the screens upon the structures.
  • After initial erection it allowed Markscon to form and pour up to 3 levels above unhindered and without climbing the screen.
  • Screen in typical will service a total of 3 levels for a standard formwork cycle. All screens will terminate at Level 17 (Roof).
  • The onsite crane was used to install and will be used to dismantle the screens off the building, whilst the hydraulic units supplied will assist in climbing the screens from Level 4 to Level 17.
  • Coordinated deliveries of gear to restricted and limited access.


  • 14 bespoke Screens in total, 13 erected off Level 4 and 1 to be erected off Level 9.
  • Hydraulic packs to climb the screens without the use and reliance on the site crane.

I would definitely be happy to recommend and work with the Acrow and Natform combined on another project

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