South Australia’s first timber apartment building under construction

South Australia’s first timber apartment building under construction
South Australia’s first timber apartment building under construction

South Australia’s trendy suburb of Kent Town will soon be home to the state’s first timber apartment building. Cross laminated timber is lightweight at just 25% of the weight of concrete and exceptionally strong, shortens construction time and enables quieter construction to lower the impact on local communities.

Some 89 percent of apartments have been pre-sold with just seven remaining.

Verde is located within a five minute walk of the Rundle Street shopping strip and provides easy access to the city through the eastern parklands

Just six apartments remain at Verde through Fox Real Estate.

The remaining apartments are all two bedroom apartments and are priced from $420,000.

Construction on Verde is due for completion in May/June 2017.

Verde is a joint venture between South Australian family owned developer FA Mamac Pty Ltd and building company Morgan and Hansen.

Verde will be only the second Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) multi-level apartment building to be constructed in Australia.

CLT consists of multiple layers of softwood, oriented at 90 degree angles to each other, which are glued together under pressure to form large pieces. 

Last month, more than 620 tonnes of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels arrived from Austria. 

CLT, prefabricated in a factory before then being assembled on-site, is being used for all the load bearing walls, floors and ceilings of the residential apartments.

The $27 million, five storey apartment development, incorporates 47 apartments and seven SOHO Apartments (SOHO).

The development also features six ground and first floor retail and commercial offices.

South Australia’s first timber apartment building under construction

Australia’s first CLT manufacturing plant has been announced for Albury-Wodonga with operations to commence next year.

The CLT will take around 10 weeks to be assembled to create the structure for the apartments.

CLT has been used around the world mainly for low and mid-rise buildings, with the tallest wooden building in the world in Bergen, Norway – a 14-storey apartment building called Tree (“the Tree”).

A 24-storey building is now under construction in Vienna.

Melbourne's Docklands has a 10 storey timber residential building, the tallest in the world when completed in 2012.

The world’s first wooden skyscraper, an 80-storey, 300 metre high building called The Toothpick, is planned for London.

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