Lendlease gets first shipment of timber for world’s largest timber office building

Lendlease have received the first shipment of timber for the world’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King. Lendlease have received the first shipment of timber for the world’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King.

Cross laminated timber columns, beams and floor panels have arrived at Brisbane Showgrounds which will make up the planned 45 metres building.

The building is set to be nine storeys tall plus the ground floor and has been designed by Melbourne and Sydney based firm Bates Smart.

The structure is planned to be comprised of 3097 individual timber elements and includes 33 timber columns and 52 beams on each floor.

25 King is owned by Impact Investment Group but will also house Aurecon and will attempt to lease four of the nine office floors.

Lendlease are aiming for a 6-star Green Star Design and As Built rating for 25 King. The structure will use 67 per cent less electricity and 55 per cent less portable water when compared to industry standard benchmarks according to Lendlease.

The timber used for 25 King is from the spruce tree, which is an exceptionally fast growing species in Austria. The time to regrow the amount of Timber used on the structure is as little as six hours.

General Manager for Lendlease Building, Tony Orazio said construction of 25 King was well underway with the installation of the first pre-assembled modules taking place.

“As the world’s largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King will be one of the most exciting additions ever made to Brisbane’s skyline.

“A key element of 25 King’s structure is the use of prefabricated modules for each floor.

These modules are pre-assembled at ground height and then lifted into place to form what looks like a wooden lego structure,” Mr Orazio said.

“The fascinating thing about building with timber is that its strength is akin to concrete and steel, it can be produced economically in a factory environment and most importantly boasts a plethora of sustainability benefits.”

25 King is the fifth engineered timber building in Australia and joins International House Sydney, Forte Apartments and Library at The Dock in Melbourne, and Jordan Springs Community Hub in Sydney.

The project is due for completion in late 2018, with six storeys to be completed by the middle of the year.

 


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