Timber

We are at the forefront in the use of new timber materials for construction of mid-level to high- rise buildings – understanding property characteristics and design technologies, and actively participating in the development of the material and testing.
Barry Young, Director - TTW
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Meet our Timber Team - With the collective experience in delivering over 50 ADVANCED TIMBER PROJECTS to date and growing, we have over 15 engineers across all locations dedicated to and continually investigating this material for mass use. We are excited by the industry’s enthusiasm to using mass timber as a viable construction material in the form of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), glulam and LVL.

Our team’s approach to the design and detail of structures look to MAXMIMISE THE PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES available for your project. By developing solutions with the flexibility to be manufactured or sourced both locally and internationally, we do this through our intrinsic understanding of timber design from first principles.

WE HAVE DEVELOPED OUR OWN IN-HOUSE DESIGN TOOLS AND SOFTWARE that allow us to design agnostically and beyond the standard publications and guides commonly available. Further to this, our engineering and Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems are designed to ensure that prefabricated and modular elements are built and delivered to the stringent tolerances required.

This holistic and sustainable design philosophy seeks to minimise construction labour and time on site, reduce wastage of materials at fabrication, designing transportable building panels and modules, and minimising crane hook time.

Technology:

 

  • On the frontline of timber technology and design
  • Adopting the latest lateral analysis modelling
  • Dlubal software for CLT-specific design of floors and walls
  • Collaboration with overseas experts and academics
  • Sharing knowledge and contributing to technical papers
  • Direct network to all European and Australasian manufacturers
  • Up to date fire test knowledge
  • Involved in full scale fire and strength testing.

Methods:

 

  • Understanding tight tolerances
  • Lightweight, panelised construction streamlines design
  • Fast and efficient building production
  • Easier construction techniques mean lower labour costs
  • Ideal solutions for modular building methods
  • Adopting the latest connections and fixtures.
  • Hybrid steel and concrete timber options

Why we value timber

  • Resistant to corrosive environments
  • Offsetting the carbon footprints
  • High quality in panelised construction
  • Higher structural efficiency compared to reinforced concrete and steel
  • Lighter - resulting in less labour on site
  • Wellness effects for occupants

Timber is the new concrete

  • Cross Laminated Timber - CLT
  • Glulam
  • Laminated Veneer Lumber - LVL
  • Sawn Timber

Expertise & Partnerships

Out Team uses state-of-the art timber software to model our high-rise structures and have developed in-house software to cater for the varying material properties unique to timber suppliers around the world.

We have developed close partnerships with suppliers locally and internationally, with our team regularly spending time overseas to collaborate with suppliers.

Project Experience

Bunjil Place

Opened in October 2017, Bunjil Place provides the community with an 800-seat auditorium, international standard art gallery, library, flexible exhibition and performance space, carpark, council chambers and offices for over 400 staff. Designed to become a cultural hub in Melbourne’s east, the new building involved intricate design challenges and delivery to demanding timeframes. The building’s…

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The Incubator, Macquarie University

Constructed entirely from timber and erected in just 37 days, the Incubator is an inspiring new space for students, researchers, staff, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The single-storey building is purpose-built and designed using modular construction techniques, allowing it to be disassembled and relocated at the end of five years. It consists of two pavilions linked by…

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AVEO Norwest

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. 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…

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Our Lady of Assumption School

This exciting new project showcases TTW’s commitment to cutting-edge materials and technologies, and will be the first multistorey school building in Sydney built with engineered timber. With land space in Sydney’s inner west at a premium, this new school is an example of how an existing structure can be repurposed to fit modern requirements. The…

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Taronga Wildlife Retreat

Designed to showcase Australia’s biodiversity and promote conservation education, the project features a new native Australian bushwalk-inspired exhibit, along with a wildlife accommodation retreat, which builds on the popularity of the zoo’s existing Roar and Snore and Zoofari Lodge overnight experiences. The Wildlife Retreat will include five accommodation ‘pods’ between two and four storeys, with…

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Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a new public community space. Inspired by the beach pools of Sydney, the aquatic centre derives organic curvilinear forms for the outdoor pools, amenities and surrounding landscape. This is juxtaposed by the large ‘floating’ rectangular form containing the internal pool and gym which references the industrial nature of…

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Seed House

Informed by its outlook, steep topography and the existing magnificent angophora trees and rocky outcrops. From these, the house takes its name, a collection of seed pods, which respond to climate and environment. To create a family home that is flexible and adaptable to changing needs and personalities this project consists of 5 storeys, a…

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Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Multi-award winner, Emirates Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury conservation based resort in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region. Recognised as one of the finest hotels in the world, the resort is set over 7 acres of conservation reserve. It consists of 40 freestanding villas established around resort facilities, comprising a homestead building, pool, sauna,…

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Melton Library

The architectural vision for Melton, which was recognized for national and international design excellence, was to deliver a facility that revitalizes and re-energizes the Melton community. The facility comprises a theatre, lecture rooms, recording and editing studios for use by local education centres. The structure consists of a timber frame which encloses the building and…

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Kapooka – Enhanced Land Force Stage 1

Works consisted of 11 stages spread across the 2km base at Blamey Barracks. The key features of the project include: a new Mess facility with the capacity to seat 1200 people per sitting; a new ECHO Company precinct with 360 bed accommodation; parade grounds and armouries; an RAP and Dental building including treatment ward, resuscitation…

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