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Sustainable resourcing at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Underway since June 2019, INTREC are currently delivering the extension of Redlands IndigiScapes Centre in Queensland.

The renovation of the highly popular environmental community space consists of an extension to an existing education/theatrette facility and the construction of a brand-new administration building.

Due for completion in December 2019, the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre Expansion project is an initiative of the Queensland Government. The project has many unique elements – particularly the use of environmentally friendly, recyclable timber throughout the structure. INTREC engaged Parker Carpentry Contractors to carry out the majority of the timber-comprised works, which includes an elevated timber platform frame, timber bearers, joists, walls, roofing, skirtings, architraves, sills, window reveals, trims and approximately 350m2 of hardwood timber decking for the grandstand/amphitheatre.  

The central timber column measures approximately 225 millimetres in diameter and is 13 metres long. The installation of the 700-kilogram round post required a 130-tonne crane with a 40-metre boom to move into position. Supplied by 5 Star Timbers, the various timbers included F17 timber columns, Glulam GL17 timber framing (LVL), Hyne lumber glue laminated timber (LGL), hardwoods and softwoods (pine).

Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is a high strength engineered wood product made from veneers bonded together under heat and pressure. LVL provides a cost effective and sustainable building material which aligns with the environmental ethos of Redlands IndigiScapes Centre. Typically used for permanent structural applications including beams and rafters, it is comparable in strength to solid timber, concrete and steel. Developed in the 1970s, LVL has the added durability of being an engineered wood product and is less prone to shrinking or warping and can also support heavier loads than normal timber.

Lumber Glue Laminated timber (LGL) was also used throughout the project and is a solid wood alternative to LVL. Particularly stable in outdoor environments, LVL is ideal in applications where nail-holding strength is an absolute priority. Pine framing has a strength-to-weight ratio 20% higher than steel, making it ideal for load bearing applications. LGL is an 100% sustainable resource and carbon positive building material.

The use of commercial carpentry is considered to be rare in today’s age of construction, making the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre project a welcome addition to INTREC’s diverse portfolio of sustainability-centric projects.

To hear more about INTREC’s Sustainability and Construction capabilities, please contact our National Client Relationship Manager, Amy Williams on 0451 155 663 or email amy.williams@intrec.com.au