University of Canterbury
Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand


  • Client: University of Canterbury
  • Size: 4 Stories, 2800 m2
  • Opened: October 2019
  • Architect: Jasmax
  • Engineer: BECA, PTL Structural Consultants
  • Timber supplier and fabricators: Nelson Pine Industries, Welstruct, Hasslacher, Potius
  • Construction: Dominion Constructors

Innovative, tall timber framing has risen at the University of Canterbury thanks to the use of PTL’s Pres-Lam system.

The four storey structure pushes the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in New Zealand using laminated veneer lumber, which has incredible strength.

Completed in 2019 it is the first multi-storey building combining timber moment-frames and cross-braces in New Zealand, and one of the tallest all timber moment frame buildings in the world.