Auckland Home to our Tallest Timber Building

Wednesday 23 Jun 2021

HomeGround: New $110m Auckland City Mission HQ being finished, tallest NZ wood building - The new $110 million Auckland City Mission headquarters will be New Zealand's tallest wooden block when it opens later this year, its chief says.

Tony McKee, project director for the newly-named HomeGround, said the 10-level block was built in cross-laminated timber, a lightweight system that was mostly pre- fabricated and relatively easy to build. “It will be the tallest structural timber building in this country and one of the tallest in Australasia," he said.

"The CLT system was manufactured and installed by Xlam using 40 per cent New Zealand and 60 per cent Australian timber, all radiata pine," McKee said.

Eight of the 10 levels are timber.

"All the floors and the 20cm-thick walls are timber and this is one of the world's tallest mass timber buildings developed in a seismic zone," McKee said referring to earthquake risk. HomeGround, as the new building is called sits beside St Matthews in the City. It is only half as heavy as comparable steel and concrete structures.

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Source: NZ Herald

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