Lendlease says timber to Barangaroo South
Lendlease has expanded its presence in the engineered timber building sector after lodging a planning application with the Department of Planning and Environment for a second office property at Barangaroo South.
The application, which is subject to the department’s approval following public exhibition, proposes a “sister building” to International House Sydney.
The first impression of International House is the smell of a forest that, according to the developers, helps ease tension and lower blood pressure. It is also sustainable, a factor that is now key for prospective tenants.
Lendlease has embraced the use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (Glulam). Constructed with wood, CLT has a lower carbon footprint than other building materials, the production process produces zero waste, and timbers are sourced from certified sustainably managed forests.
Rob Deck, managing director of Barangaroo South, said ‘s first engineered timber office building, International House Sydney which was completed in 2017, “received an extraordinary amount of interest from a broad cross-section of the property industry, business sector and general public”.
Mr Deck said construction of CLT buildings is sustainable, as being timber it did not require drilling or concrete pouring, which made it a quiet building site with minimal wastage.
International House Sydney is to be the new home for advisory firm Accenture when it relocates from Pyrmont.
“This second such building will be the final opportunity in Barangaroo South for prospective commercial tenants seeking an exciting, sustainable and innovative workplace for their employees,” Mr Deck said. Mixed-use precinct
The building will be located on Hickson Road in front of Tower 1, International Towers Sydney, and like International House Sydney will, when completed in late 2019, provide a gateway to a mixed-use precinct of restaurants, cafes, shops and services.
The application proposes a building with a total commercial floor space of about 10,000 square metres and a typical floorplate of about 1700sq m.
It was designed by Lendlease’s DesignMake business and architecture by Tzannes Associates, which also designed International House Sydney.
According to the designers, the building offers ground-level retail tenancies and six floors of office space.
It is also said to be safer than the traditional cladding that has caused many issues in the building and construction industry around the world. Sustainable solutions
Lendlease chief executive Steve McCann said the group is committed to achieving innovative and sustainable solutions targeting a 6-Star Green Star Design and As Built rating and in excess of a 5-Star NABERS Energy Base Building rating.
As with all new buildings, the site will be serviced by end-of-trip bicycle facilities located in the basement.
This building will be Lendlease’s sixth engineered timber building in , joining its neighbour International House Sydney, 25 King in Brisbane, Forte Apartments and Library at The Dock in Melbourne, and Jordan Springs Community Hub in Western Sydney.
Building contractor Strongbuild is leading n innovation in CLT and has recently begun construction of a 10-storey tower as part of a luxury retirement village at the western end of Sydney’s Norwest Business Park precinct.
Strongbuild’s managing director, Adam Strong, said CLT is being described as the “building material of the future”.
The chief executive of the Green Building Council of , Romilly Madew, has said recently that Lendlease’s work on International House, and its other timber high-rise buildings, “heralds a new era for timber construction in “.
The new construction will form one of the last few buildings in the Barangaroo South complex that houses the International Towers sector.
Construction has started on the Crown Resort and next will be the development of residential towers.