Author: David Rowlinson
Courtesy of Strongbuild
The first shipment of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) has arrived on site for what will become Australia’s largest tall timber building, consuming nearly 3000 cubic metres of CLT, currently being constructed in Campbelltown, NSW.
The project is being developed by Tier One Affordable Housing provider, BlueCHP Limited and will set a new benchmark in the delivery of high quality housing in one of Sydney’s key growth centres.
The three tower residential development consisting of 101 apartments is well under way with basement and concrete podium constructed and ready for the first CLT panels being installed this week.
BlueCHP’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Charles Northcote, was onsite when the first shipment arrived. “We are thrilled to see the CLT panels here in Australia and are very excited to watch the timber structure take shape”, said Mr Northcote.
CLT has been widely accepted as an innovative, environmentally friendly building material for medium and mid-rise construction in Europe and the US for over 15 years. It brings a number of unique advantages that present efficiencies without sacrificing structural integrity, design or build quality.
Maintaining their stringent quality requirements with a tight deadline and a limited construction budget was a challenge that BlueCHP Limited faced for this project, however this was addressed when building contractor, Strongbuild, proposed a cost effective build solution based on CLT rather than traditional concrete and steel.
“When Strongbuild presented this alternate construction method we were immediately enthused. The idea of being able to trim a substantial amount of time off the build while ultimately creating a softer, warmer, environmentally friendly living experience suited our company objectives perfectly“, continued Mr Northcote.