Gisborne Retail Centre
The environmental efficiency of the timber members helped the building to achieve the 2005 RAIA Award for sustainable architecture, and the 2005 Property Council Award.
This Timberbuilt solution was chosen partly for its excellent environmental and embedded energy credentials. The lightweight plywood box sections were manufactured by Timberbuilt using 100% renewable plantation grown Radiata Pine plywood and LVL.
All beams and their connections were designed and accurately prefabricated to ensure that construction assembly was quickly and easily carried out on site, minimising cost and OH & S risk. The environmental efficiency of the structure helped the building to achieve the 2005 RAIA Award for sustainable architecture, and the 2005 Property Council Award (Retail Category). The Property Council judges made particular mention of the timber structure in their comments.
The timber structure was stained in the signature colour of the retailer – Coles Red. The use of stain still allows the grain to show, preserving the warmth and natural character of timber and this together with the quietening acoustic qualities contributes to a more comfortable environment for shoppers.
The use of timber for supermarkets and other retail buildings is common in many parts of Europe. More recently we have seen some supermarket chains in Australia keen to dress up their buildings with add-on timber elements in what is presumably an effort to capture a timber essence. The Gisbourne Retail Centre demonstrates that timber structures are a feasible option.