Vertical extension in Melbourne CBD leads sustainable development

Vertical extension in Melbourne CBD leads sustainable development

June 12, 2019

Works have been completed on a five-storey extension to 276 Flinders Street, a landmark moment for sustainable development in Australia. 
The new building used Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and a lightweight steel grid frame to add approximately 3,300 square metres of commercial office space to the existing building. 
This is the latest in a clear trend in Melbourne, with Frame, the premium office tower that will sit above Melbourne Central, also set to receive a CLT and Glu-lam vertical extension.
Ross Snowball, Regional Director New Business, Multiplex says developers are turning to the properties they already own to give them more value. 
“Given the lack of land available in Melbourne’s CBD, it makes sense developers are looking up to their rooftops to give them more bang for their buck,” said Snowball.
“Innovative construction methods such as CLT lend themselves to these types of projects, because they are up to 80% lighter than traditional structures. It is also a more sustainable solution. 
“Timber has lower embodied energy and the benefit of carbon storage. From a construction point of view, there is less disruption to the surrounding buildings and roads and a faster building process.”
Jules Tribuzio, Senior Design Manager, Multiplex says that architects are promoting this type of architecture and clients are increasingly interested in sustainability.
“There is certainly increased interest in ecologically sustainable architecture.  276 Flinders street has recently achieved a 5-Star Green Star rating and building with timber was certainly a part of achieving that.” Said Tribuzio.
Key members of the design and construction team for the 276 Flinders Street project will join the 2019 Timber Offsite Construction conference and exhibition project panel, discussing the details of the build on Tuesday 18 June. 
The key project team, includes:
Architect Songyun Sui, Baldasso Cortese 
Engineer James Nguyen, Associate, Bonacci Group
CLT design/supply Nick Hewson, Head of Design, XLam Australia
Building Contractor Paul Ritchie, Regional Director, Multiplex Australasia
Conference Director Kevin Ezard said the introduction of project panel discussions to this year’s event will offer delegates unprecedented access to engage with industry professionals.
“We’re proud to offer our delegates a first-hand opportunity to engage with experts directly involved in the best timber and mass wood projects in Australia at the moment.” Mr Ezard said. 
Other project panels include:
Engineered wood office buildings for Ballarat GovHub, Ballarat, VIC
Residence in Glulam and CLT at Merrawarp Rd, Ceres, VIC
Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Primary School, Sydney, NSW
The Timber Offsite Construction Conference and Exhibition will take place on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June, at Melbourne’s Crown Promenade. 
In addition to the impressive line-up, exhibitors from across the globe will display the latest products and systems for offsite timber construction and mass wood systems.
For more information, or to register for the Timber Offsite Construction 2019 conference and exhibition, visit the website 


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