Tallest timber build is topped out in Australia

7 September 2012

Lend Lease has topped out the world’s tallest residential timber building, Forté, in Australia by lifting the last cross-laminated timber (CLT) panel into place.

The 10-storey building is one storey higher than the current highest timber residential build – the Stadthaus in Hackney, London.

Forté is being constructed in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour, using CLT panels imported from Austria.

Murray Coleman, managing director of Lend Lease’s project management and construction business in Australia, said that as well as offering a strong, solid, warmer and more natural living experience, the use of timber was also better for the environment.

“Forté is built on the principle that what’s good for the environment is good for the resident too,” he said.

“Using CLT offers better thermal performance and requires less energy to heat and cool.”

The 32m-high building will be completed in October.

(A full feature on the Forté project will appear in the next edition of Timber & Sustainable Building)

Forté under construction in Melbourne. Photo: Chris [email protected] Ark