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25 King scores WELL Certification

25 King Street Brisbane has been awarded Queensland’s first WELL Core and Shell Certification at the Platinum level.

Led by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), WELL is a global rating system for advancing health and wellbeing in buildings. The sustainable structure has also earned 6 star Green Star Design and As Built ratings.

Dubbed “Australia’s tallest engineered timber office building”, 25 King is part of the $2.9bn renewal of Brisbane Showgrounds, located northeast of the Brisbane CBD.

The nine-storey, 45m high structure is constructed using sustainable building materials including cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors and walls, and glulam structural beams and columns.

CLT is sourced from certified sustainably managed forests. Boasting a lower carbon footprint than traditional building materials such as concrete and steel, the versatile timber offers the advantages of offsite prefabrication and safer construction.

Bates Smart was the architecture firm responsible for 25 King.

“Architecturally, the use of natural materials – as opposed to concrete and plasterboard – creates a happier and healthier workplace,” says Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian.

“With the timber structure and floor soffit exposed, as has been achieved at 25 King, the office environment glows with the material’s warmth, and better connects building occupants with nature.”

Using an evidence-based system, the WELL Certification assesses the performance of building features – water, light, air, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind – in view of their impact on the occupants’ health and wellbeing. Key contributing elements include the building structure, window locations, building proportions, water quality and HVAC implementation.

Owned by Impact Investment Group, the building was designed and constructed by Lendlease.

One of the building’s anchor tenants – occupying four of nine office levels – Aurecon served as the project’s structural, building services and acoustic engineers, and consultants for environmentally sustainable design (ESD).

The project has earned multiple awards across building-related industries.

Click here to read the Ecolibrium article about Australia’s tallest CLT building.

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