Canberra has 23 cranes in skyline according to RLB Crane Index

October 25, 2018.

Australia’s ongoing construction boom now has an unprecedented 735 long-term cranes standing tall across our city skylines, according to the Rider Levett Bucknall Q3 2018 RLB Crane Index® released today. This equates to an increase of 52 cranes (+7%) compared to the last count undertaken six months ago.

Sydney crane count still in front

The RLB Crane Index® found that Sydney continues to be the main driver of the crane count. Of the 735 cranes sighted across Australia, 321 were in Sydney, 192 were in Melbourne, 72 were in Brisbane, 37 were in Perth, 24 were on the Gold Coast, 23 were in Canberra, 16 were in both Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast, 12 were in Newcastle and 4 were in Hobart.

Mark Chappe, Director of RLB in Canberra said, ‘Canberra’s RLB Crane Index® rose 35%, to 460, after declining for the past three editions. Total cranes now number 23, with eight cranes removed from sites and 14 cranes added since our last publication.’

ACT construction work continues to grow

‘Construction work done in the Australian Capital Territory continued to grow, with FY 2018 recording highest value in the last six financial years. Non-residential work was the main driver with a 21.1% increase. ACT’s rise in work done is now observable within the index, with an increase of six cranes,’ he added.

RLB confirmed that twelve new residential cranes have been erected on projects around Canberra. These developments include: Midnight and Tamaroshi in Braddon, The Capitol in Acton, Iskia in Campbell, Constitution Place in the CBD, Ruby and The Valley Way in Gungahlin, Nest in Lawson, Banskii in Macquarie and Ivy in Phillip.

One crane was added to Founders Lane in Braddon, raising the project count to two, while one crane was removed from both the ANU Student Accommodation project in Acton and Campbell 5 project in Campbell, bringing both projects counts to one.

Education sector stays constant

Mark concluded, ‘The education sector stayed constant, with two cranes remaining on site for ANU Union Court in Acton. The commercial sector saw the erection of one crane at Civic Quarter Canberra in Braddon. Movements within the mixed-use sector saw one crane removed from ACT Supreme Court in Civic and one crane erected at National Capital Hospital, leaving the overall sector count stable at one.’

For further details of crane activity in each Australian city, please refer to the 3Q 2018 RLB Crane Index.

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