South Australia's First Timber Apartment Building Under Construction


South Australia's trendy city fringe suburb of Kent Town will soon be home to the state's first timber apartment building. The building, Verde, has slowly started to take shape as the huge engineered timber structure is put into place.

But this building is not only noteworthy in South Australia. While it is set to become the first timber apartment building in the state, Verde will also become only the second Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) multi-level apartment building to be constructed in Australia.

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)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. CLT is prefabricated in a factory before then being assembled on-site.

Last month, more than 620 tonnes of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels arrived from Austria into Port Adelaide for Verde, with 32 semi-trailer loads needed to transport the timber to site in Kent Town.

The cross laminated solid timber 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 generously proportioned apartments and seven SOHO Apartments (SOHO). The development also features six ground and first floor retail and commercial offices.

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

Morgan and Hansen Managing Director Andrew Morgan said CLT had been chosen for Verde as much for the lifestyle benefits as the construction benefits.

Morgan and Hansen Managing Director Andrew Morgan

Morgan and Hansen Managing Director Andrew Morgan“Buyers have been quick to embrace the technology with 85 percent of the apartments sold,” said Mr Morgan.

“As well as being extremely strong and solid, because timber is natural it helps to create a gentler and cosier living environment.

“It also has significant environmental benefits and significantly lowers heating and cooling costs. With projects like Verde being successfully sold and built, it might inspire other developers to take a closer look at CLT, with the potential for a manufacturing plant to be established in South Australia in the future.”

Verde, South Australia

Australia’s first CLT manufacturing plant has already been announced for Albury-Wodonga with operations scheduled to commence in 2017.

Manufactured using European technology, cross laminated timber is lightweight (25% of the weight of concrete) and exceptionally strong, shortens construction time and enables quieter construction to lower the impact on local communities.

At Verde, the CLT will take around 10 weeks to be assembled to create the structure for the apartments.

Verde, South Australia

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").

However, a 24-storey building is now under construction in Vienna and the world’s first wooden skyscraper, an 80-storey, 300 metre high building called The Toothpick, is planned for London.

“Verde will provide residents with an enviable lifestyle with the development incorporating spacious apartments, contemporary interiors with the latest fixtures and fittings and balconies with sweeping views towards the eastern parklands,” said Mr Morgan.

“We’ve also incorporated a large, central private internal Piazza into the building design as a communal space for residents to enjoy. It will feature mature trees, lush landscaping and outdoor furniture.”

Verde, South Australia

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, and a 15 minute walk to the redeveloped Riverbank precinct and Adelaide Oval.

Just seven apartments remain at Verde. The remaining apartments are all two bedroom apartments and are priced from $420,000. For more information visit on Verde is due for completion in May/June 2017.

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