Green light to Lendlease for timber office building

Development heavyweight Lendlease has received the green light for a second timber office building at Barangaroo South. The building, which will be called Daramu House meaning “tree house” in the local Aboriginal language, will consist of more than 10,000sq m of commercial floor space and around 680sq m of retail.

Daramu House is designed by Australian architect Alec Tzannes. It has recently been announced that Tzannes was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour – the 2018 Gold Medal.

The construction of Daramu comes after the completion of Australia’s first engineered timber office building in 2017, the International House Sydney also in Barangaroo, and marks Lendlease’s sixth engineered timber building in Australia.

It will be built from cross-laminated timber (CLT). The listed construction giant has also recently lodged a development application for an AU$292 million apartment project at Collins Wharf in Melbourne’s Docklands.

Construction of the Daramu tower, which will front Hickson Road, will include the use of sustainable timbers, as well as roof-top planting to capture rain, and solar photo-voltaic cells to supply power to the precinct.

Barangaroo South managing director Rob Deck says Lendlease is committed to achieving sustainable solutions with Barangaroo South already attaining Australia’s first 6-star Green Star Communities rating and WELL Certification.

“With engineering by Lendlease’s DesignMake business, Daramu House will offer ground level retail tenancies, six floors of office space constructed from cross laminated timber and glulam (glue laminated timber), a building material with a structural strength akin to concrete and steel,” Deck said.

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