Australia’s largest timber building announced

Friday 7 Jun 2019

Diversified property major GPT Group has unveiled plans to build Australia’s largest timber building that will sit atop Melbourne Central mall at 300 Lonsdale Street.

The new building will be a 19,400sq m tower comprising a frame structure that will be exposed through a glass facade and made of cross laminated timber, a lightweight factory manufactured material used in innovative timber structures.

The office extension, known as Frame, Melbourne's first premium office tower to use timber will sit among rivalling towers being currently built by Mirvac, Dexus and Charter Hall in the city's central business district. The ARM Architecture-designed building will deliver a 5 Star NABERS Energy and Water Rating, a 5 Star Green Star, and WELL Gold Standard.

ARM Architecture principal Ian McDougall said Frame’s design would showcase a workspace integrated effectively with its surroundings targeted at “socially conscious workers”. The building's amenities will promote wellness and encouraging positive social exchange through green open spaces and dedicated wellbeing retail offerings.

Construction of the building is anticipated to start by the end of 2019 with GPT aiming for completion in late 2021.

Hines, one of the world’s largest privately-owned global property groups, is also making its foray into Australian development, with plans for a timber tower of its own in Collingwood.

Hines paid AU$28.5 million for the site north-east of the Melbourne CBD and has set plans in motion for a T3 commercial tower using timber, transit and technology.

Photo: ARM Architecture

Source: the urbandeveloper

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