Tallest International Hotel to Be Built From Cross Laminated Timber and Green Steel in Adelaide, South Australia

Property developer Barrie Harrop, specifically Harrop’s Thrive Construct, has announced that one of two new hotels the company will be constructing will be built in the Victoria Square area, located in the capital city of Adelaide, South Australia. The Adelaide building will be constructed using cross laminated timber (CLT) and green steel. When complete the building will be the tallest international hotel in the world. It will reach a height of 31 stories, 100 meters, or just shy of 330 feet in height.

Harrop told @AuManufacturing that “The structure is completely carbon neutral and constructed from renewable plantation pine and green steel—all supplied from Australian industry.”

The timber for the Adelaide project, a Cox Architects-designed building, will be produced by Queensland manufacturer XLAM, which manufacturers engineered timber for prefabricated mass timber construction. The article also notes that Timberlink, another company, is in the process of building a second CLT factory, which is currently under construction in Tarpeena in south-east South Australia.

While Harrop’s latest building is not the largest timber building being planned—larger projects are being considered for Sydney and Perth—it does suggest that CLT construction is becoming more mainstream in Australia.

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