Lendlease looks to 2nd CLT building for Barangaroo South

Lendlease has expanded its presence in the engineered timber building sector after lodging a planning application with the Department of Planning and Environment for a second office property at Barangaroo South, Sydney. The application, which is subject to the department's approval following public exhibition, proposes a "sister building" to the award winning International House Sydney.

The first impression of International House is the smell of a forest that, according to the developers, helps ease tension and lower blood pressure. It is also sustainable, a factor that is now key for prospective tenants. Lendlease has embraced the use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (Glulam).

Rob Deck, managing director of Barangaroo South, said Australia's first engineered timber office building, International House Sydney which was completed in 2017, "received an extraordinary amount of interest from a broad cross-section of the property industry, business sector and general public".

The application proposes a building with a total commercial floor space of about 10,000 square metres and a typical floorplate of about 1700sq m. It was designed by Lendlease's DesignMake business and architecture by Tzannes Associates, which also designed International House Sydney. According to the designers, the building offers ground-level retail tenancies and six floors of office space.

This building will be Lendlease's sixth engineered timber building in Australia, joining its neighbour International House Sydney, 25 King in Brisbane, Forte Apartments and Library at The Dock in Melbourne, and Jordan Springs Community Hub in Western Sydney.

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. 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".

Source: smh.com.au.

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