Research + Development

Key to the studio is the research into products and construction systems. To further this aim, F+P created an internal research and development group in 2010. F+P+R+D has spent the last four years undertaking research into Offsite Prefabricated Assemblies (OPA’s). This research has particularly targeted the study of large scale timber construction for mid and high rise commercial architecture, and the use of CLT floor and wall systems in large scale commercial and residential architecture.

The outputs of these studies and the gained knowledge base are being shared throughout the industry through articles, papers and direct input into academic and industry research. The thesis of this research is that by addressing the issues of environment, quality, speed, manufacturing, construction and cost, large scale timber construction will have a strong position in the Australian construction industry.