Oz’s big­gest tim­ber tower with CLT

Australasian Timber - - CLT -

THE FIRST ship­ment of Cross Lam­i­nated Tim­ber has ar­rived on­site for what will be­come Aus­tralia’s largest tall tim­ber build­ing at Camp­bell­town – ‘The Gar­dens’ – the largest af­ford­able hous­ing pro­ject to be de­liv­ered with­out any gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The al­most-3000 cu­bic me­tres of Cross Lam­i­nated Tim­ber (CLT) in 78 ship­ping con­tain­ers from Aus­tria, will make it the largest CLT pro­ject in Aus­tralia by vol­ume of tim­ber and is be­ing de­vel­oped by Tier 1 af­ford­able hous­ing provider BlueCHP Lim­ited.

The three-tower res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment con­sist­ing of 101 apart­ments is well un­der way.

BlueCHP’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Charles North­cot was on­site when the first ship­ment ar­rived. “We are thrilled to see the CLT pan­els here in Aus­tralia and are very ex­cited to watch the tim­ber struc­ture take shape,” he said.

The Gar­dens is a new de­vel­op­ment on the cor­ner of Stowe Av­enue, Kel­licar Drive and Tailby Streets, and is set to be­come an ur­ban land­mark of the Macarthur re­gion. The new com­plex will con­sist of a café/ com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity and beau­ti­fully de­signed one, two and three-bed­room apart­ments.

The Gar­dens will com­prised of 101 apart­ments over three tow­ers namely Mag­no­lia, Aca­cia and Camel­lia. All apart­ments fo­cus on in­door easy liv­ing to suit to­day’s de­mands and high liv­ing stan­dards. Units have been de­signed to max­imise nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion and will have a se­cu­rity sys­tem, the pro­vi­sion for high speed broad­band and a park­ing fa­cil­ity for all oc­cu­pants and vis­i­tors. Price point 1 bed apart­ments are priced from $380,000 – $390,000

2 bed apart­ments are priced from $430,000 – $460,000

About CLT

CLT is a rel­a­tively new method of tim­ber con­struc­tion to Aus­tralia but has been widely ac­cepted as a pre­ferred in­no­va­tive, en­vi­ron­ment friendly build­ing ma­te­rial for medium and midrise con­struc­tion in Europe and the US for over 15 years. CLT brings a num­ber of unique ad­van­tages to the ta­ble that present ef­fi­cien­cies with­out sac­ri­fic­ing struc­tural in­tegrity, de­sign or build qual­ity.

CLT is man­u­fac­tured us­ing lay­ers of tim­ber to cre­ate solid pan­els. As the name sug­gests each layer is ar­ranged cross­wise, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween lon­gi­tu­di­nal and trans­verse, glued and pressed to­gether un­der tremen­dous pres­sure to cre­ate a struc­turally sta­ble build­ing ma­te­rial that has sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics to con­crete and steel yet is 30 per cent lighter than tra­di­tional struc­tures and also of­fers bet­ter ther­mal per­for­mance and re­quires less en­ergy to heat and cool.

Chal­lenges of CLT

Main­tain­ing their strin­gent qual­ity re­quire­ments with a tight dead­line and a lim­ited con­struc­tion bud­get was a chal­lenge that BlueCHP Lim­ited faced for this pro­ject, how­ever, this was ad­dressed when build­ing con­trac­tor, Strong­build, pro­posed a cost- ef­fec­tive build so­lu­tion based on CLT rather than tra­di­tional con­crete and steel.

“When Strong­build pre­sented this al­ter­nate con­struc­tion method we were im­me­di­ately en­thused. The idea of be­ing able to trim a sub­stan­tial amount of time off the build while ul­ti­mately cre­at­ing a softer, warmer, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence suited our com­pany ob­jec­tives per­fectly,” Mr North­cote said.

“It is fan­tas­tic to be given the op­por­tu­nity to work with a for­ward think­ing, in­no­va­tive client like BlueCHP who shared our vi­sion of us­ing CLT for this land­mark pro­ject,” said Adam Strong, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Strong­build.

“CLT is en­gi­neered and pro­cessed in a fac­tory to be pre­cise, mak­ing it fast and ef­fi­cient to con­struct. This also trans­lates into less waste, less on site con­struc­tion re­sources and a safer, qui­eter, cleaner over­all build site,” said Mr Strong.

“It of­fers ben­e­fits to both our client and our site teams whilst also hav­ing less im­pact on the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood dur­ing con­struc­tion.” How can in­tegrity be en­sured? Strong­build teamed up with lead­ing struc­tural engi­neers AECOM to en­sure the struc­tural in­tegrity and dura­bil­ity of the ma­te­rial met BlueCHP’s ex­pec­ta­tions as a long term owner and land­lord of the prop­er­ties.

“The ben­e­fit of CLT is that it pro­vides an ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to con­crete and steel but with­out any of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts. Con­crete has an en­ergy in­ten­sive pro­duc­tion process, cre­at­ing a lot of green­house gases and con­tribut­ing to the high car­bon foot­print of most build­ings whereas, each cu­bic me­tre of tim­ber used in this pro­ject has 800kgs of car­bon locked into it,” said AECOM Build­ings Struc­tures Leader, Marc Colella.

“Cross Lam­i­nated Tim­ber is a mod­ern ma­te­rial ideally suited to mod­ern de­vel­op­ments like The Gar­dens and one that is sus­tain­able and that will cre­ate a bet­ter liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all its res­i­dents,” Mr Colella said.

The team were on­site to see the first pan­els land on site.(l-r) Charles North­cote (BlueCHP Lim­ited), Adam Strong (Strong­build), Marcelo Ste­im­beisser (BlueCHP Lim­ited).

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