Nikau Building | BRANZ | Judgeford | New Zealand

Role of PTL

  • Provision of conceptual design to architect
  • Advice on the optimisation of the Pres-Lam structural system into the design
Nikau building | External and internal views

Photo Courtesy: BRANZ

Building description

Building Facts

  • Client: BRANZ
  • Size: Single Storey | 300 m2
  • Opened: 2011
  • Architect: Warren and Mahoney
  • Engineer: Aurecon
  • Timber supplier and fabricators: Carter Holt Harvey | TimberLab Solutions
  • Construction: Fletcher Construction

When BRANZ sent out the brief requiring a contemporary staff facility to be built from sustainable materials the Nikau building was the solution. The first building to incorporate Pres-Lam structural frames, the Nikau building uses PTL timber engineering to create the open spaces required with a simple and straight forward connection, not to mention the added seismic protection offered by Pres-Lam in one of New Zealand’s highest earthquake zones.

Significant cost and time savings were achieved on the project. The reduction of labour costs through the prefabrication of the Pres-Lam timber members meant that they were erected quickly and attached to the other building elements. Prefabrication is truly a strength of engineered timber design and PTL.

Integrating sustainability, cutting edge technology and PTL’s timber engineering expertise the Nikau building provides a bright new office space for the BRANZ staff to enjoy.

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