The new 25 King office tower is breaking records.

Timber records are the theme of the moment, with many large structures underway around the world. Lendlease has released images from inside its spectacular 25 King at Brisbane Showgrounds, set to be the world’s largest timber building by gross floor area, and Australia’s tallest.

The first of its kind in the Australian property market, 25 King includes extensive use of innovative and sustainable building materials – glulam structural beams and columns and CLT floors – as well as state-of-the-art technology that will create a future-ready building suited to the 11,000 estimated workers who will occupy the building.

Lendlease has completed six of 25 King’s nine levels in less than 12 months – testament to the benefits of engineered timber construction. Dale Connor, CEO, Lendlease Building, says, “25 King is setting a new benchmark within Australia and internationally for the delivery of office buildings that are more sustainable from an environmental perspective while also delivering cost, time and waste efficiencies. This is a very compelling combination.

25 King is Lendlease’s fifth engineered timber building in Australia and one of several timber projects the company currently has underway across the country.

Connor says, “25 King really is the next generation of sustainability, being carbon neutral through the construction phase and completely recyclable at the end of its life. Compared to a traditional concrete and steel construction, the pre-formed engineered timber construction means no waste and an energy saving of at least 40 per cent.”

The building’s owner, ethical investment company, Impact Investment Group (IIG), used the release of the new images to launch a co-investment opportunity for the building. Darren Brusnahan, Head of Funds Management – Real Estate, IIG, says, “We’re committed to helping move Australia to a low-carbon future, so we look for property investments with excellent potential for environmental sustainability.

“With the engineered timber, we think 25 King will be particularly attractive for tenants who want to pull together their teams into the kind of beautiful space that workforces love. And the Brisbane Showgrounds has exceptional transport connectivity, with road hubs, nearby train hubs and bus lines, and a very fast trip to the airport.”

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