Marsden Point, New Zealand

Marsden Point, New Zealand

This building, reported at the time as being the largest timber building in the southern hemisphere, was designed and prefabricated by Timberbuilt in Melbourne from LVL manufactured in South Australia. The components were then shipped for construction at Marsden Point in the north of the North Island of New Zealand. Refer to the article in Civil Engineers Australia (link below) for a comprehensive description of the technical details for this notable project.
The combination of a relatively simple layout, repetition of detail, fully labelled components together with corresponding mark-up drawing and precise and comprehensive prefabrication resulted in fast and efficient installation.
Since completion in 2000, this building has housed manufacturing of hySPAN LVL for Carter Holt Harvey. Visitors and employees often comment on how quiet this factory is in comparison with similar facilities housed in steel frame buildings.
Article in Civil Engineers Australia, Vol 73 No

Article in Futurebuild – Specifiers News, Issue 14

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Project Details

LocationMarsden Point, New Zealand


Structural designTimberbuilt Pty Ltd

Size2.6 hectare (26,000 square metres)

BuilderMainzeal Construction

  • Designing this type of building using LVL is little different than the design of a steel building would be for engineers experienced in steel design

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