Case Study

Red Stag CLT Manufacturing Plant

  • Location
    Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
  • Client
    Red Stag Wood Solutions
  • Structural Engineer
    Richard Spiers & Associates Ltd
  • Builder
    Hawkins Construction
  • Date
  • Carbon Sequestered
    255.6 Tonne

Mass Timber Giant

Our Challenge
Produce more than a kilometre of timber rafter beams for Red Stag’s new manufacturing plant – no problem for Techlam.
Designed to be 161 meters long by 61 metres wide and because of the long spans needed, timber was the obvious choice.
With 36 rafter beams measuring 31.3 meters each, plus various columns and other timber components, this large-scale project took a lot of planning from the get-go.
The logistics of running the massive volumes through our plant was an interesting challenge and we nailed it!

The Techlam Solution
As one of the largest timber buildings in the southern hemisphere, the finished manufacturing plant is impressive both in scale and finish. Techlam manufactured the components over a 7 month period (including 5 weeks of Level 4 lockdown). Our production team was phenomenal, cutting every member exactly to length on our factory floor - delivering the product to site for the construction team to seamlessly install. The finished structure contains a total of 1200m3 of Glulam, storing more than 255 tonnes of carbon.

Products Used


Glulam rafters reach spans of over 30 metres long for this plant. And they were each 1440mm wide & 230mm high.



Columns were used in the centre and down the sides of the structure, reaching heights of 17m at the apex and 11.5m at the sides.

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