Altitude Tower the first tall building in overhaul of Blacktown CBD

SKY HIGH: Sphere Development directors Rob Cassab and Ben Suttor in front of the 24-storey Altitude Tower on First Avenue. Picture: Justin Sanson

SKY HIGH: Sphere Development directors Rob Cassab and Ben Suttor in front of the 24-storey Altitude Tower on First Avenue. Picture: Justin Sanson

The last concrete has been poured at Blacktown’s first truly tall building.

The 24-storey Altitude Tower dominates the Blacktown skyline, literally towering over its neighbours including the PCYC and Serbian Orthodox Church, with views extending to the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a clear day.

Due to open to residents in April next year, the 106 apartments sold for between $395,000 to $795,000 each, and will be complemented by commercial and retail space on the podium and ground levels.

The $60 million development includes more than 700 tonnes of steel and about 4500 cubic metres of concrete.

The stark contrast between Altitude Tower and its nearest residential neighbour point to very different stages in the growth of the Blacktown CBD. Picture: Isabella Lettini

The stark contrast between Altitude Tower and its nearest residential neighbour point to very different stages in the growth of the Blacktown CBD. Picture: Isabella Lettini

A 14-foot fir tree was hoisted 70 metres to the rooftop last week for the official topping out ceremony.

Sphere Development directors Ben Suttor and Rob Cassab said the building was on track to be completed by March.

“Reaching this milestone represents a lot of hard work and collaboration from our team and sub-contractors,” Mr Suttor said. “Through adversity and challenges you make the best of it, and I think we have as a team.”

Mr Cassab said the tower would bring “elements of city living” to western Sydney – a sentiment echoed by Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali.

The traditional topping out ceremony was attended by community figures including mayor Stephen Bali and elders from Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation. Picture: Justin Sanson

The traditional topping out ceremony was attended by community figures including mayor Stephen Bali and elders from Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation. Picture: Justin Sanson

“This marks the beginning of a new era of high rise development in Blacktown City,” Cr Bali said.

“Altitude Tower is the first of many high-rise buildings that will change the face of Blacktown.

“I am confident that, in the future, people will look back at this event as a major turning point in the creation of the true capital of western Sydney. Blacktown Council congratulates Altitude Tower for seizing the initiative and being the instigator of the Blacktown’s high-rise development.”

Cr Bali said the council approved a range of tall buildings between 2004-2008 that never eventuated.

He said the completion of Altitude Tower and the imminent arrival of more high-rise living was proof of Blacktown’s economic development, and the next step in the council’s vision for the city.

The mayor said the council would be accepting expressions of interest next year for a multi-faculty university campus in the CBD.

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