Strong growth for specialist timber construction


TimberFirst project manager Daryll Pugh and managing director Peter Roil inside the new hangar. The project at the Hawke’s Bay Airport was completed in four weeks, with most of it prefabricated before being moved onto the site

TimberFirst markets, designs and project manages the construction of timber buildings using laminated pinus radiata timber beams produced by affiliate Kanuka Engineered Wood Products.

Kanuka’s factory on the outskirts of Hastings won an architectural award and is regarded as an industrial masterpiece for not using internal supports in the 60 metre long factory. The laminated beam systems produced by Kanuka have engineering capability of up to 100m clear span.

The company has just completed a new 1100 m2 hangar for Hawke’s Bay Airport Ltd to house the Napier Aero Club and three private hangars that are being relocated to free up land for airport purposes. Other projects are the Red Stag Timber remanufacturing building in Rotorua, the Epic Centre in Christchurch and other aircraft hangars.

“Since the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, there has been renewed interest in timber as one of the key structural components to building commercial buildings,” says managing director Peter Roil.

“Laminated timber is earthquake tolerant as it absorbs energy. As a sustainable and natural product it also has a much lesser impact on carbon emission.”

The hangar project at the Hawke’s Bay Airport was completed in just four weeks, with most of the prefabrication done at Timber- First before being moved onto the site.

Hawke’s Bay Airport is undergoing significant development with a multi-million dollar Business Park and the ability to have most of the construction prefabricated offsite was an added bonus.

Hawke’s Bay Airport business development manager, Wayne Wootton, says the TimberFirst option stood out because it used sustainable materials and aligned with the Airport’s Business Park design guidelines.

“One of the key aspects of the vision for a sustainable Business Park is the use of sustainable construction materials,” he says.

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