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Awards - Another award has come the way of a TimberLab Solutions project. The Cathedral Grammar Junior School by Architect Andrew Barrie and Tezuka Architects was recognised at the Interiors Awards function as the winner of the Craftsmanship Award. See below for more about this outstanding project where TimberLab’s CNC – “pushed the local boundaries of CNC technology with traditional elements” – according to the Jury.

Cathedral Grammar School, Christchurch

Architect: Andrew Barrie & Tezuka Architects / Construction: Contract Holdings Limited

TimberLab is proud to be associated with the unique engineered timber building system developed by Japanese architect, Takaharu Tezuka; overseen in NZ by Architect Andrew Barrie. The composite design is dependent on timber- to-timber rebated compression joints, achieved with a 1mm tolerance. Using our 5 axis CNC Bridge processor we were able to produce the multiple components that make up the 12 metre long main portal frames along with detailed and profiled bracing, rafters and blocking. Prefabrication reduced site installation time and eliminated waste. For more on this & other great projects, see TimberLab website.

Timber First –

We find New Zealand again lagging behind its international competitors  – “The Government of British Columbia has announced that it is investing $8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, help advance wood building systems and products, and to expand global markets for B.C. wood products. Sadly our authorities in NZ fail to see the huge benefits of getting behind NZ’s only sustainable construction material. A Wood First policy would at least provide the opportunity to show the efficiencies possible with prefabricated engineered timber structures.

Otahuhu Recreation Precinct, Aquatic Centre & Library, Auckland

Architect: Creative Spaces / Engineers: MSC Consulting Group / Contractor: NZ Strong

Richard Morley-John / Senior Structural Engineer / MSC Consulting Group Ltd says -
‘The Otahuhu Recreation Precinct – Aquatic Centre & Library was a geometrically and structurally demanding project that required precision in the fabrication of the curved glulam rafters and connections. No two rafters were the same and the high load demand on the connections meant there was very little room for error.
We were very impressed to see the quality assurance processes and cutting edge technology that Timberlab employed at their factory.
The rafters were installed quickly and without issue within the very tight construction tolerances.’
Otahuhu Recreational Centre incorporates a library, indoor swimming pool and outdoor recreation area. Long Curved Glulam beams from TimberLab give this building the airy open and natural look that makes it so impressive.
Early collaboration with the consultants helped to ensure the most cost effective options were achieved in this innovative building. With the zig-zag overlapping shaping of this facility, every beam was individually detailed with our 5 Axis CNC Gantry Bridge. This helps to eliminate the need for complex cutting and detailing on site.
The ability for TimberLab to provide accurate CNC detailing is a tremendously valuable aid for both designers and site installation.

Informative Presentations -

At TimberLab we are passionate about the possibilities for  Engineered Timber Structures. Our CNC capabilities have opened up new and exciting opportunities. We are committed to assisting designers, architects & engineers to achieve their aspirations. To that end we will prepare a  relevant, tailored presentation for you to demonstrate from our local and international projects just what is possible. Please contact Owen Griffiths to arrange a visit - 09-2539349 /
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