Young Hunter House | Mr Tony Merritt | Christchurch | New Zealand

Role of PTL

  • Assistance with the timber engineering conceptual design
  • Advice on the optimisation of the Pres-Lam structural system into the design
  • Supervision of key component testing
  • Peer Review of the structure and the provision of documentation to the Christchurch City Council
Young Hunter House

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Building description

Building Facts

  • Client: Mr. Tony Merritt
  • Size: 3 Storeys | 1850 m2
  • Opened: February 2014
  • Architect: Sheppard & Rout Architects
  • Engineer: Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers
  • Timber supplier and fabricators: Carter Holt Harvey | TimberLab Solutions
  • Construction: Contract Construction

Providing timber engineering performance well above code level requirements the 3 storey Young Hunter House was the first Pres-Lam response to the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Situated on Victoria Street in the heart of the rebuild, three storey Pres-Lam frames support a timber-concrete-composite floor creating wide open spaces occupied by shops and business.

Construction of the Pres-Lam frames was rapid with a vacant site next to the foundation being used as a staging area for post-tensioning works. All tendons were threaded through the beams and preloaded on the ground allowing full frames to be lifted into place creating a safe and sturdy platform instantaneously.

PTLs timber engineers supervised laboratory testing that was used to confirm the structural design and optimise the use of Pres-Lam and its innovative elements. The end result was a cost effective, open-plan, quake-resistance structure – crucial for post-quake Christchurch.