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  • World's largest engineered timber office built before 2019

    2017 - 06.21

    Next year, the tallest and largest engineered timber office building in the world is due to be built in Brisbane.

    Reaching a height of almost 45m, the ten floor tower designed by Bates Smart will become the headquarters of global engineering firm Aurecon.

    Australia Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Jackie Trad, joined others at the launch of the project at the RNA Showgrounds redevelopment in Bowen Hills.

    The building, set for completion in late 2018, includes three bespoke ground level retail tenancies built using a revolutionary building timber technology called cross laminated timber (CLT) and glulum (glue laminated timber) which has a structural strength akin to traditional concrete and steel.

    CLT has a far lower carbon footprint than other building materials, the production process produces zero waste, and timbers are sourced from certified sustainably managed forests. Chris Lock, CEO of investment company IIG, said the new tower was a glimpse at the future of timber in construction.

    “We’re committed to helping move Australia to a low-carbon future; we look for property investments with excellent potential for environmental sustainability; where we can fund best-in-class construction, or actively manage existing properties to drive energy efficiency and very positive social outcomes,” he said.

    “We believe our approach helps drive demand for real estate that benefits the environment and the wider community, and ultimately delivers attractive returns for IIG’s investors.”

    This move comes amid an increased trend for using timber in construction.

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