Works have concluded on a five-storey extension to 276 Flinders Street – a landmark moment for sustainable development in Australia.
The new building at 276 Flinders Street 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.
It’s clear that this is the latest industry trend in Melbourne, as Frame, a premium office tower that will sit above Melbourne Central, is also set to receive a CLT and Glu-lam vertical extension.
Multiplex’s Regional Director for New Business, Ross Snowball, explained that 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 per cent 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,” he said.
Multiplex’s Senior Design Manager, Jules Tribuzio, also commented 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 are expected to join the 2019 Timber Offsite Construction conference and exhibition project panel (located at Melbourne’s Crown Promenade), 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