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Mass timber fire station to be built in Maryborough

April 20, 2021

David Rowlinson


Hyne Timber has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement to build the replacement, state-of-the-art Maryborough Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Complex from their engineered timber solutions.

Images revealing the first glimpse of the design have now been released, which also show how the design team will retain and restore the existing, heritage valued, brick façade. 

Hyne Timber Executive Director, James Hyne said this is a very welcomed announcement and a great way to support regional jobs while showcasing the many qualities of glue laminated and cross laminated timber.

“Hyne Timber has been a proud part of Maryborough’s history since 1882 with a strong focus on innovation.

“We know the existing building has local heritage value, so it was important to us to retain and even restore the iconic façade as part of the design.

“From the local plantation forest through to the Tuan sawmill and ending in our new Glue Laminated Timber plant, this building in the heart of our home town will be a showcase of contemporary, mass timber capability, proudly grown and processed right here in the Wide Bay.

"There are so many sustainable, environmental, structural, aesthetic, safety, health and cost benefits to using engineered timber products in contemporary construction which this project will demonstrate.

“This will be Australia's first contemporary, engineered timber fire station and regional headquarters, fully supported by fire engineering experts.

“I would like to thank the Queensland Government for giving us this opportunity and our project partners, Hutchinson Builders, Baber Studio, XLam and the University of Queensland who have worked and will continue to work collaboratively with us to bring this sustainable building design to fruition,” he said.

The QFES Complex replacement project is due for completion in the second half of 2022. The $12.1 million building contract has been awarded to Hutchinson Builders with the engineered timber to be supplied by the Hyne Group.

The Principal Architect for the project is Kim Baber of Baber Studio who said international benchmarks of similar facilities built using mass timber in Europe and North America were researched ahead of design getting underway.

“It was important for us to understand what has worked well overseas with a number of similar use facilities already demonstrating mass timber as a sustainable and ideal building solution.

“We then considered the brief from QFES and the current site limitations in order to design a replacement facility which will meet the very specific needs of the first responders and coordinators of emergency response for the region while protecting the heritage value.

“It has been a collaborative and fascinating journey to date and I am delighted to learn that building contracts are now in place and this showcase of innovation and sustainability will be constructed in the heart of Maryborough.” Mr Baber said.

Article first appeared on the Hyne Timber website


David Rowlinson

David hails from Lancashire, England and has lived in Australia since 1994. He studied Architecture at Sheffield University and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2016 David was Marketing Manager then CEO of a major Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets used in all commercial building applications. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product reuse program.