Lendlease to build second timber tower at Barangaroo

Lendlease to build second timber tower at Barangaroo

15 December 2017

Lendlease has lodged a planning application with the Department of Planning and Environment for a second engineered timber office building at Barangaroo South, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The application, which is subject to the department’s approval following public exhibition, proposes a “sister building” to International House Sydney completed earlier this year.

The new building would be Lendlease’s sixth engineered timber building in Australia.

The structure will be built from cross-laminated timber (CLT)—a panel-style product that can significantly cut construction costs—and glue-laminated timber (Glulam), notes the AFR.

Much of the off-site engineering and work on the timber materials will be completed at a custom-built Lendlease factory in Sydney’s west.

Lendlease set up the factory last year to pre-fabricate building components, saving time and waste on on-site construction.

Designed by Tzannes Associates, the same firm that worked on the nearly 7,000 square metre International House, the new 10,000 square-metre tower will feature ground floor retail tenancies and six floors of office space to suit modern businesses.

Rob Deck, managing director of Barangaroo South, said Australia’s first engineered timber office building, International House Sydney attracted a lot of interest from the property industry, business sector and general public, says a Property Observer report.

The building has also won several design awards.

“This second such building will be the final opportunity in Barangaroo South for prospective commercial tenants seeking an exciting, sustainable and innovative workplace for their employees,” said Deck.

In a separate report, Mr Deck told the SMH that construction of CLT buildings is sustainable because the timber structure did not require drilling or concrete pouring, which made for a quiet building site with minimal wastage.

The proposed building will be located on Hickson Road in front of Tower 1, International Towers Sydney, and is expected to be completed in late 2019.

Building contractor Strongbuild is leading Australian innovation in CLT and has recently begun construction of a 10-storey tower as part of a luxury retirement village at the western end of Sydney’s Norwest Business Park precinct, notes the SMH.

Strongbuild’s managing director, Adam Strong, said CLT is being described as the “building material of the future”.

The chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, has said recently that Lendlease’s work on International House, and its other timber high-rise buildings, “heralds a new era for timber construction in Australia”.