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A Sustainable Multi-Storey Timber Structure

This development in Avondale features six 6 to 8-storey blocks. Two of the blocks have a basement level to accommodate parking. The development is owned by Kainga Ora, with four blocks earmarked for social housing and two for private purchase.

​During concept design stage we worked through two different structural options, a conventional concrete system, and a mass timber structure, and provided Kainga Ora with information comparing the costs and benefits of each of them so they could decide what better suited the project.

​The client decided that the mass timber superstructure, cross laminated timber (CLT) walls and floors, was the preferred solution as it meets the design brief expectations, specially focused on innovative and sustainable quality buildings for the community.

​We are proud of having the chance to work with KO and the wider design team on this project, we believe that the sustainable and innovative approach is an excellent example of what the construction industry should be targeting in the near future.

​This development features affordable, furnished studio accommodation in Henderson, Auckland. 72 studio apartments are located over three 3-storey blocks. We were engaged as the structural
engineer on this important project, which is designed to increase Auckland’s housing stock efficiently and quickly.

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