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Adelaide’s tallest building celebrates ‘topping out’

The Kyren Group’s much anticipated $150 million Frome Central development has reached its pinnacle construction milestone, ‘topping out’ as Adelaide’s tallest building.

Located diagonally opposite Lot Fourteen in Adelaide’s premier entertainment and cultural hub in the East End precinct, the mixed-use tower, which incorporates the premium Adelaidean apartments and the Crowne Plaza Adelaide, now stands at its maximum height of 36 levels and 135 metres.

The project’s developer, Kyren Group Founder and Managing Director, Theo Samaras, is a proud Adelaidean committed to delivering South Australian projects that provide many hundreds of construction jobs, and in the case of Crowne Plaza, up to 140 ongoing positions in Adelaide’s dynamic East End district.

Following the commencement of construction in February 2018, Frome Central has rapidly emerged as an iconic landmark on the Adelaide East End skyline thanks to the visionary design elements of architects Brown Falconer and the commitment and hard work of hundreds of contractors.

“We are enormously proud to reach this stage of a project that is changing the skyline of Adelaide and is the physical realisation of years of hard work for many South Australians,” Mr Samaras said.

“We hope that this building is a confidence booster for other developers to bring further growth and development to the city.

“It is so rewarding to reach such an important milestone and bring the dedicated Kyren team and our contractors and partners together to mark this event.”

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, was present to celebrate Frome Central reaching its highest point and said she looked forward to the building’s completion in 2020.

Capitalising on sweeping views from the hills to the coast, the Adelaidean offers 75 premium city residences and with the ‘Topping Out’ of Frome Central the penthouses will soon be released to the market.

Kyren Group has signed a long-term agreement with IHG to operate the hotel and brand it under the world-renowned Crowne Plaza name, making it one of the few globally-branded hotels in Adelaide to be locally built and owned by a proud South Australian company.

Crowne Plaza Adelaide General Manager Sarah Goldfinch said the hotel will have 329 guest rooms located from the third floor to the twentieth floor, including 20 suites, and will include more than 450 square metres of meeting and conference space as well as a stunning Skydeck pool area, bar, restaurant, gym and parking facilities.

“Hotels and accommodation providers employ more than 4,000 South Australians and we are proud that the opening of Crowne Plaza Adelaide will add almost 140 jobs to this total,” Mrs Goldfinch said.

“The tenth floor lobby Skydeck of the hotel will offer spectacular panoramic views and will incorporate the reception, restaurant and bar, gym, outdoor pool and Crowne Plaza’s new public space design area called Plaza Workspace, which marks the future direction for the brand globally.

“Plaza Workspace is an entirely new take on the traditional hotel lobby space, offering inspiring surroundings where hotel guests and locals can feel comfortable to do some work, enjoy a coffee over a business meeting or socialise with friends.”

Kyren Group Project Manager John Besir has overseen the Frome Central project and is delighted Adelaide’s tallest building has reached its pinnacle point.

“This is a hugely significant milestone for us, the result of many hours of hard work from the team, and something for us all to be proud of,” Mr Besir said.

Kyren Group’s Managing Director, Theo Samaras, is a pioneer in apartment living in Adelaide and a visionary industry identity who is celebrating more than 30 years in construction in South Australia.

“Frome Central will benefit all South Australians because it will bring substantial community and economic benefit to Adelaide, will be an enviable home to many and also a sanctuary for hotel guests and visitors alike,” Mr Samaras said.

“It will be a truly world-class asset that will help underpin the broader economic contribution tourism and hospitality makes to the East End, supporting employment and the further activation of Adelaide’s laneways, galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafés.”

Frome Central details:

  • More than 200 jobs were created during construction and the vast majority of contractors were local South Australians.
  • Due for completion in the first half of 2020.
  • More than 15000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured.
  • More than 2200 tonnes of steel reinforcement.

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