Author: David Rowlinson
Source: Timber Trader, November 2016
Building contractor Strongbuild has recently begun construction on a 10-storey CLT tower as part of a luxury retirement village at Sydney’s Norwest Business Park Circa precinct.
The resort style living for seniors will consist of 131 luxury retirement units over two towers, nine of which will be in the first tower of 64 units built in CLT. The $65 million tower is the first of the development’s two main structures, scheduled for completion in late 2017 - three months earlier than if traditional construction methods had been used – saving on time and associated costs.
"The vertical retirement village will be Strongbuild’s second major CLT project and will represent a benchmark in luxury retirement living in Australia,” says Strongbuild’s managing director, Adam Strong.
CLT has similar characteristics to concrete and steel yet is 80 per cent lighter than traditional structures. It also offers better thermal performance and requires less energy to heat and cool. “CLT is engineered and processed in a factory to be precise, making it fast and efficient to construct,” says Strong. “It also translates into less waste, less on-site construction resources and a safer, quieter, cleaner overall build site.”
Strongbuild is partnering with project management firm PDS Group, architects Jackson Teece and engineering firm TTW on the luxury retirement development.