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Electric crane helps build Australia’s first timber hotel

An electric crane has been used to limit the impact of noise during the construction of Australia's first cross laminated timber (CLT) hotel.

An electric crane has been used to limit the impact of noise during the construction of Australia’s first cross laminated timber (CLT) hotel.

The hotel, which is set to open in six months, has used around 5300 tonnes of CLT in its construction to offset 4200 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Designed by Bates Smart and located in Melbourne’s Southbank, the 220-room hotel also has an energy management system included in each room to automatically control the HVAC system.

Bates Smart Director Julian Anderson said in addition to the reduced carbon emissions, CLT provided lower transport costs and time saving advantages from off-site manufacturing.

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“It also presents a more sustainable approach to increasing density within our cities,” he said.

“To create the 220-room accommodation tower, an additional ten levels were able to be built on the existing concrete building, providing 13,000 square metres of new floor space.

“This combines to make Adina Melbourne Southbank the world’s tallest mass timber vertical extension.”

TFE Hotels’ Chief Operating Office Chris Sedgwick said Adina Apartment Hotels as a brand had embraced the concept of design-driven hotels and had a number of contemporary new-build hotels in the pipeline.

“As the Adina brand continues to evolve, expect to see a certain wow factor in design that will be offset by the Australian hospitality that our hotel teams will deliver,” he said.

“At Adina Melbourne Southbank, the wow will come from the innovative use of such sustainable building product, as well as the contemporary look and feel.”

Sedgwick said the architects paid careful attention to the way the existing building “turned the corner” and have incorporated a glass curtain facade and curved balcony.

“Internally, the hotel’s design has taken inspiration from the architecture,” Sedgwick said.

“The ground floor lobby is lined with timber, aligning with the new method of construction, which exudes a warm and welcoming ambience in shared public spaces.”

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