The Norwest Business Park development by Mulpha in Sydney’s northwest is a 377-hectare masterplan precinct that includes ‘The Bond’, which is the first of three mass wood buildings featuring biophilic design exposed mass timber and glulam frames supporting CLT floor and roof panels. Designed by Architects fitzpatrick + partners ‘The Bond’ will be featured in the Project Panels program at the TOC 2022 conference in June.
The site masterplan proposes a full development of three Mass Wood buildings over three separate stages, primarily for commercial use.
‘The Bond’ building design is a 7-storey timber structure comprised of 13,000 square metres of mass timber, with a timber tower atop a brick podium and basement. The building will contain retail, office, childcare and healthcare spaces, and offers unique office space with the use of neatly detailed and exposed mass timber interiors in an adaptable workplace.
Project architect James Fitzpatrick said, “We are always trying to propose to our partners that they should consider timber or a hybrid system of timber and steel because of the environmental and sustainability benefits and the carbon that can be absorbed back from the environment.
“The biophilic qualities mean people also have higher productivity and find it easier to focus and report better levels of concentration.”
The overall Mulpha development hopes to be one of Australia’s first urban master planned precinct to deliver life-cycle sustainable design principles from conception through to construction and long-term performance.
Tim Spencer, head of developments at Mulpha said ‘Sustainability is one of the most important principles for Mulpha, and we apply these principles from small and low density all the way to high density vertical projects like Norwest”
“As well as targeting climate change and urban heat in the precinct, our zero-carbon goal will lower energy bills while increasing resident well-being by delivering liveability, better air quality and more access to nature”.
The project will be discussed at the Timber Offsite Construction 2022 conference and exhibition by a panel comprised of James Fitzpatrick, Partner, fitzpatrick+partners architects, Barry Young, Director, Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) and Jason Briffa, Bid & Design Manager, Buildcorp Group.
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