Timber stacks up well for Tassie uni students

Students in residence at the University of Tasmania are enjoying life in the new $15 million accommodation complex built by Hutchies at Inveresk on the banks of the Esk River in Launceston. The University of Tasmania required accommodation for the start of the 2016 academic year, so time was of utmost importance. Given the challenging design, time pressure and local weather conditions, it was a credit to the team that they completed the works to a high standard, on time and within budget. The design aimed to showcase timber wherever possible and included timber structure for the modules, truss roof, floors, stairs, walkways and approximately 32 kilometres of locally milled macrocarpa timber battens for screens.

The project involved the construction of 120 modular, self-contained studio apartments, each with its own kitchen, bathroom and study space, as well as common study areas, kitchen, washing facilities, vehicle and bike parking. The design is a mix of modular and conventional construction methods. The modular component required the establishment of a temporary modular yard in Launceston for a six month period