In the early hours of Wednesday morning last week, Strongbuild had the monumental task of transporting and installing the first 6 of 22 pre-fabricated mass timber roof cassettes at Macquarie University’s new “Innovation Hub”. Each cassette is 21m long by 3.6m wide and weighs in at around 3tonne. Due to their size, this meant they could only be transported from the factory in Bella Vista to Ryde Business Park between the hours of 12 and 5am to avoid traffic disruption.

The Innovation Hub is a purpose built facility designed by Architectus which will be a meeting place for entrepreneurs to meet with mentors and those wishing to create, collaborate, inspire, motivate and innovate. Strongbuild is working in collaboration with Lipman to deliver this very unique building which has actually been designed to be disassembled and relocated at the end of 5 years.

The whole exposed timber structure is made up of approximately 2,000m2 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and 1,250l/m of Glulam as well as 760l/m of Victoria Iron Ash Australian hardwood for the ‘V’ columns used to support each roof cassette. The timber floor consists of 7,300l/m of pine LVL for the floor cassettes and roof battens and 1,800l/m of external decking.