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Hines and Henderson Park start timber Barcelona office

Henderson Park and Hines have started work on their T3 Diagonal Mar building in Barcelona’s 22@ North innovation hub, a 3,610 sq m office building that will be constructed entirely of wood.

The building will also have ambitious ESG credentials and be fitted out with the latest technology, the developers said. Completion is scheduled for 2022.

Hines’s T3 series of buildings is intended to be a new generation of offices that utilise “the warmth and sustainability of timber, superior transit connectivity and cutting-edge technology,” the company said in a statement.

T3 Diagonal Mar will have floorplates of 600 sq m and will include a terraced roof and private gardens.

Less pollution, waste or interference

Hines said the advantage of using wood during construction is there is no embodied carbon and it is faster to build, creating less pollution, no waste, and less interference with local communities.  Upon completion, T3 Diagonal Mar will have a solid wood Class AA structure. It is expected to obtain the LEED Gold, WELL and WiredScore certifications. 

Henderson Park and Hines already have significant space under development in Barcelona’s 22@ district, including a 350-bed purpose-built student accommodation building and a 3,610 sq m office building on Cristóbal de Moura street.

Hines’s global head of ESG Peter Epping said:“Aside from reducing embodied carbon, wooden buildings have further advantages over traditional builds and we are actively seeking to roll out this type of product across Europe in the coming years as we look to protect our planet and build sustainable communities.”