The King Tower

By | 2019-04-12T13:06:21+00:00 April 12th, 2019|Projects|

By Lendlease | All photos by Lendlease

Australia’s first ever engineered timber office building, 25 King was recently opened by government and Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure group.

This is Queensland’s first commercial building built almost entirely of timber. Image: Lendlease

This is Queensland’s first commercial building built almost entirely of timber. Image: Lendlease

Australia’s Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace and Impact Investment Group (IIG) joined Lendlease to celebrate the official opening of Australia’s tallest timber structure.

A sustainable model, it is designed to achieve a 74% saving of embodied carbon. Image: Lendlease

A sustainable model, it is designed to achieve a 74% saving of embodied carbon. Image: Lendlease

The first of its kind in the Australian property market, 25 King includes extensive use of innovative and sustainable building materials – glue laminated timber structural beams and columns and cross laminated timber floors – as well as state-of-the-art technology to deliver a true workplace of the future. Located in Brisbane Showgrounds, a hub anticipated to be for business and lifestyle, will feature a collection of ultra-progressive office buildings that bring together striking architecture and the ultimate in high performance functionality.

Designed and manufactured by Lendlease and sold to IIG, the ground floor plus nine-storey timber commercial tower features open and flexible office space complemented by exposed timber structures to create a contemporary and creative studio environment.

Rising even further

Global engineering firm, Aurecon, now occupies 43.5% of the net lettable area, with IIG working with Lendlease to secure new tenants for the remaining office space.
25 King is targeting a 6-Star Green Star rating, a 5-Star NABERS Energy rating and a WELL Core and Shell rating to complement the precinct’s 6-Star Green Star – Communities rating. The premises commands a distinctive street presence with its striking combination of Cross Laminated Timber and glass.

John Burton, Lendlease’s managing director, Urban Regeneration, says, “25 King is the latest example of high-performance workplaces setting new benchmarks in environmentally sustainable building practices with strong connections between timber and human health within the built environment. The building demonstrates greener and healthier ways of working. This creates a workplace that lives and breathes a culture of collaboration providing workers with a sense of belonging.”

IIG’s head of funds management – Real Estate, Darren Brusnahan adds, “The building is the definition of a connected, collaborative workspace for high-performance teams. We think 25 King’s superb environmental credentials and tenant amenity will make a great contribution to its investment performance.”

Towering above the rest

  • 3 400 circa spruce pine trees used
  • 33 timber columns and 52 beams on each floor
  • 14 965m² of net lettable area (NLA)
  • 45m high
  • 6 270m³ circa of timber with 100% responsibly sourced
  • End of trip facilities including 152 bike racks, 16 showers and 160 lockers
  • 460m² ground floor retail space
  • Electric vehicle charging points included in car park

 

Developers believe 25 King is setting new standards in environmentally and socially sustainable workplace solutions. Image: Lendlease

Developers believe 25 King is setting new standards in environmentally and socially sustainable workplace solutions. Image: Lendlease

 

The structure is described as a future-ready intelligent building designed with cutting edge workspaces and technology which incorporates controlled lighting, heating and cooling from a single interface allowing access to data. Image: Lendlease

The structure is described as a future-ready intelligent building designed with cutting edge workspaces and technology which incorporates controlled lighting, heating and cooling from a single interface allowing access to data. Image: Lendlease