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Stora Enso CLT used in Library at the Dock, Australia’s first public CLT building

02 June 2014
Press Release

​​​​​​​​Australia’s first public building made out of Stora Enso CLT (Cross Laminated Timber), the Library at the Dock in Melbourne, opened its doors to the public on 31 May 2014.​​
​Library at The Dock was built in partnership between the City of Melbourne, Places Victoria and Lend Lease. The major structural components of the three-storey library are made from more than​ 500 m³ of CLT, produced at Stora Enso’s Ybbs and Bad St. Leonhard units in Austria and shipped to Australia.

Speedy construction
One of the main advantages of building with wood is the construction time: the construction time of the library in Melbourne was only 2.5 months.
“The Australian construction industry is well used to working with wood, and CLT has recently been gaining a lot of attention from construction companies due to its many advantages. The Library at the Dock is an excellent example of how wood, and especially CLT, can deliver added value as a construction material,” says Matti Mikkola, Vice President, Building Solutions, Stora Enso Building and Living.
The Library at the Dock stands on a wharf originally designed in 1879. Because of the light weight of CLT, only a limited amount of additional pilings and repairs of the old timber posts was required, which also considerably reduced the cost of the project.

​Sustainable building for future generations
In addition to the advantages with speed and weight, there are also strong environmental arguments for CLT. Wood is the only renewable structural material for large-scale applications.
“CLT offers a sustainable alternative to conventional materials given its potential to be carbon negative,” says Andrew Nieland, Head of Timber Solutions for Lend Lease. “CLT is a lightweight, strong, solid wood and given its pre-fabricated nature drives efficiency improvements onsite,” he continues.
Setting new environmental standards, the Library at the Dock achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
It is estimated that by 2030 Docklands will be a residential area for just under 16 000 people. Upon completion, Docklands is expected to attract 20 million visitors each year and to be a workplace for 40 000 people daily.​​

For further information, please contact:
Matti Mikkola, Vice President, Building Solutions, Stora Enso Building and Living, +358 403362257
Erkki Välikangas, Head of Overseas Business Development, Stora Enso Building Solutions, Australia,
+61 3 9361 7200