Construction underway for Australia's tallest CLT building
Intensive works are underway to complete 'AVEO Norwest', the tallest timber building in Australia and one of the largest CLT structures worldwide.
Standing at 34.2 metres, the 10-storey, $65 million tower [click on the image to enlarge] will be part of a luxury retirement village being built by Aveo at Sydney’s Norwest Business Park ‘Circa’ precinct.
The construction company Strongbuild opted to use cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology over traditional methods as "it will save at least three months in construction time in addition to associated costs."
Known as Bella Vista, the 60,000sqm Norwest site will eventually be home to 449 independent living units over 10 buildings ranging from four to nine storeys, plus a 144-bed aged care facility.
"The short build-time requirement for this new residential retirement complex made it an ideal development for showcasing the innovative Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) material recently introduced to Australia," explains the project's Engineering Consultant Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW). "This lightweight construction technique is similar to a ‘prefab’ building, with all wall and floor panels being manufactured in Europe, shipped to Australia for processing, then craned into place on site."
"Using CLT for the design enabled the project to be completed 13 weeks earlier than with the more conventional concrete. Part of Stage 1 of the development, the new residential building consists of 10 storeys and is due to become one of the country’s largest uses of CLT technology. Approximately 3000m3 of CLT, or 4156 panels, have now been installed to produce a complex 9 storey timber retirement resort."
"Implementing this revolutionary new material in the design relied on TTW’s engineering team working in close collaboration with architect, builder, and sub consultants – ensuring the structural integrity, buildability, and desired aesthetics were achieved."