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October 23, 2018 20 min

Basil Richardson is a Studio Director at Bates Smart, where he leads technical design, documentation and construction for many of the firm's large scale timber projects. In today's episode, we talk about 25 King Street, a 10 storey timber building which has just officially been completed and stands as Australia's tallest commercial office building. In this episode we discuss:


  • The evolution of the floor grid, from 12x9m, 9x9 and 6x9m, and the stability system, and the corresponding thought processes behind the design process
  • The fire considerations to achieve the beautiful exposed timber finish, and the floor build up required for Class 5 buildings
  • The learnings and takeaways in design and construction for the project

    Building professionals globally are turning to timber in mid-rise construction as it provides a healthier, environmentally friendly (carbon), sustainable, efficiently off-site prefabricated solution that dramatically reduces construction times and accordingly the overall cost of the project.


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