Q1 was designed by Atelier SDG, and its form was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House. The name was given in honour of members of Australia’s Olympic sculling team of the 1920s – Q1.

It was developed by The Sunland Group and built by Sunland Constructions. The building was the Silver Award winner of the 2005 Emporis Skyscraper Award, coming in second to Turning Torso in Sweden.

At 322.5 metres (1,058 feet including spire) and with a roof height of 275 metres (902 ft), Q1 qualifies as the world’s tallest all-residential building when measured to the top of its structural point

Q1 will lose its status as the world’s tallest residential building sometime in 2008, when the 395 metre (1,296 ft) 23 Marina in Dubai is completed. Dubai’s 23 Marina is also being constructed with Meva equipment & the Directors of Novatec have partaken in the showcasing of Meva formwork in Dubai.

A perfect example of how versatile the MevaDec system can be. The floor plans were a challenging geometry, it was not an obstacle that couldn’t be worked through – 79 levels of concrete slab and proof that Novatec’s formwork is the right solution even for those difficult construction problems.




Circle on Cavill is a $550 million commercial development with two ultra-modern residential towers built by the Sunland Group and dramatically positioned in a key city block right in the heart of the Surfers Paradise CBD, neighbouring with Towers of Chevron Renaissance shopping mall and resort apartment complex. Circle on Cavill is bound by the main Surfers Paradise Boulevard at the western end of Cavill Mall and river end of Cavill Avenue, between the Gold Coast Highway and Ferny Avenue, in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

The tallest point of the north tower is approximately 220 m and reflects a recent trend to building upwards in Surfers’ skyline, also reflected in the construction of Q1 and Soul.

This Sunland development was always going to be a fast moving project that would demand some advanced planning to ensure that the chosen formwork systems used for both the verticals and the horizontals were not only capable of providing the required results, but also needing to be highly efficient without any compromise to safety.


Novatec’s MevaDec FTE slab forming system was the obvious right choice. The use of this system made it possible for the contractor to consistently achieve the required 4 day cycle time – and with exceptional results they even reduced the cycle time on several levels to a record of 3 days.