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Timber Construction Projects Now Underway

The tallest timber apartment building in the world was built by Lendlease in Melbourne’s Docklands four years ago, and since then plans for prefabricated timber and wood construction has flourished with currently over 20 residential projects in mid-rise 4 to 8 levels either in planning or under construction around Australia.

This major expansion in building activity will attract an all-time high number of delegates to the Frame Australia Conference and Exhibition being held on Monday 23 May at Park Hyatt Melbourne

The conference theme “Building construction with prefabricated timber and engineered wood” speaker sessions will cover the huge potential for timber building systems in multi-residential construction, with presentations by architects, engineers, developers and builders, along with speakers on engineered timber and prefabrication.

Demonstrating the remarkable rise in popularity of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for tall building construction, the Macarthur Gardens residential project in Campbelltown NSW will be Australia’s largest CLT project comprised of 6, 7 and 8 storey apartment buildings.

The project’s builder is NSW based Strongbuild, and Adam Strong, Managing Director and Partner will speak on this and other projects, along with their recent installation of a fully automated manufacturing facility for prefabrication of residential buildings utilising lightweight timber and CLT construction for mid and high-rise developments.

Another recent development involves Mirvac, one of Australia’s leading property developers, turning to prefab construction methods to dramatically reduce work times amidst a labour shortage in the building sector, supplied by the CSR Velocity plant at Ingleburn in Sydney.

Ray Thompson, General Manager of Innovation & Market Development at CSR Building Products will present on CSR Velocity’s production-line manufactured housing with fully closed floor, wall and roof systems, with internal walls and windows, doors and external cladding, plumbing and electrical systems ready for site connection to meet Mirvac’s needs.

Conference director Kevin Ezard said “Estimates of market share for prefabricated timber systems for housing and apartment construction range from 10% to 15% in the next decade, which is a significant opportunity for the design and construction sectors to not only achieve building project benefits, but also improved sustainability”.

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