Lendlease has launched a manufacturing business, DesignMake, to make customised building components.
The facility will predominantly use engineered timber products, such as cross laminated timber (CLT). It will feature several production lines adaptable to other materials and product solutions such as wall, floor components and full modular solutions.
“The construction and property industry is changing, mainly driven by technology, urbanisation, the need for greater sustainability and the increasing complexity and size of projects,” said Tarun Gupta, Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer for Property. “Design for manufacture and assembly can drive improvements in each of these areas while delivering a high quality product for the end user.”
In the recent years, the property industry has been pressured to develop safer, more sustainable and more efficient forms of construction.
Gupta added that the new business enhances safety by taking high risk activities into a controlled factory setting, and improving logistics at building sites with fewer vehicles movements and reduced disruption to the neighbourhood.
Lendlease’s DesignMake business will service Lendlease’s growing property development pipeline. It will be located in Western Sydney and comprise a 15,000m2 manufacturing facility which will be operational in late 2016.