WA’s first high-rise timber-framed building given MRA approval

WA’S first high-rise timber-framed building has been given the go-ahead by the Metropolitan Re- development Authority.

The $14 million Leadlight Hotel, an 11-storey mixed-use scheme by Australian Development Capital, pictured, will rise up on the corner of Beaufort and Newcastle streets.

The project will feature a roof-top bar.

Plans include a 126-room hotel with ground-floor courtyard including bar and restaurant space, and barber shop.

The rooftop will feature a terrace bar and pool, along with cinema and function rooms.

The development will also result in the reuse of well-known Federation-style shopfronts built in 1903.

MRA acting chief executive Mark Reutens said the development represented a significant innovation in construction methodology.

“The hotel will be constructed with a timber frame, an innovative and sustainable construction methodology, and will be the first timber high rise in WA and one of the largest in Australia,” he said.

Timber-framed construction has a lower whole-of-life cycle cost than concrete or steel, and reduces the carbon footprint of construction and the total weight of the building.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019.