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Above: Spans of picture windows and expansive decks connect the interiors to the environment. The rear of the upper decks are walled in frosted glass to admit light but provide privacy from neighbours. Far right: A side view of the block shows the depth of the decks. The black aluminium cladding and white Resene Construction System at the front of the building give way to precast concrete panels at the rear. The solid apartments are in structural steel and precast panel, including precast flooring with a topping slab. Aluminium joinery complements the two-tone facade while the roof is in plywood with a waterproof membrane. Scarbro undertook the construction of the building, apartment fit-outs, and the finishing, says director at Scarbro Residential Peter Davis. “Despite the occasional design tweak along the way – the steel staircase was a late inclusion, for example – the construction of the minimalist concrete and steel building went smoothly.” Potentially tricky issues taken in Scarbro’s search | save | share at stride included working around an adjacent protected Moreton Bay Fig tree, controlling the water table during the build due to being right next to the waterfront, and installing the structural steel staircase and full-height glazing when the roof was already in place. The heavy staircase would more often have been craned in before the roof was built. The only other factors were working on the tight site and traffic management due to the high traffic flows and high public interest, with the project being in such a popular location. “A major advantage for Scarbro is that we‘re