Melbourne’s first timber commercial office building

Melbourne will get its first timber commercial office building with a wood engineered structure and with an end value of AU$56 million reports the Sydney Morning Herald. It will join Australia’s first multi-storey timber apartment tower and a landmark wooden public library in the Docklands urban renewal precinct which has become a focal point for sustainable buildings.

Sydney-based developer AsheMorgan has launched a leasing campaign for tenants to occupy a multi-storey office which will straddle an existing two level concrete building in The District, a shopping centre next to Footscray Road best known as the location of Melbourne’s Star Skywheel.

About two thirds of the new structure will be made from cross laminated timber (CLT). Diversified developer Lendlease pioneered the use of CLT in Australia when it constructed the 10-level Forte apartment complex in the Docklands in 2012. Lendlease has since built another commercial timber office, the six-storey International House Sydney at the gateway to its multi-billion dollar Barangaroo development, and has plans for a second timber office in the same project.

“We are building over an existing structure so having a lightweight material is important for us,” AsheMorgan founder Michael Moss said. “Both employers and employees were focusing on the sustainability and health impacts of their offices. “That’s becoming an increasingly important factor for employees in choosing where they work.” Wooden buildings had proven performance in both areas, he said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, Photo: AsheMorgan

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