Ryman Heathcare – Case Study

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The building is the third of five apartment blocks in the Kevin Hickman Retirement Village in Christchurch. The apartment building has three above-ground levels with basement parking. There are a total of 27 apartments with a mix of two and three bed options. The CLT structure starts at the ground floor walls and includes two suspended CLT floors with LVL supporting structure. The basement structure is concrete. The Gross Floor Area (GFA) is 4,444m².

About the Mid-Rise Wood Construction Programme

Mid-Rise Wood Construction is a six-year partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Red Stag Investments Ltd.

The aim of this $6.75 million programme is to encourage widespread adoption of precision- engineered timber in midrise building construction. Since its inception in 2018, the programme has assembled a pool of New Zealand professionals experienced in mid-rise wood building design and construction to help share and grow knowledge and expertise with the broader industry.

Engineered timber is not only naturally beautiful but also provides a very strong, low carbon and comparably low-cost alternative to steel & concrete. It is easy to transport, relatively light, and has outstanding earthquake and fire resilience. The use of prefabrication can decrease construction time by as much as 30 percent, and reduces costs compared with traditional building methods. Combining Cross- Laminated Timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), glulam and panelised framing timber creates a cost-effective, fast, resilient and sustainable system for mid-rise construction.

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