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Project / Completed 2022

MASSLAM Beams in the Hope Anglican Church

Universal Timber Oil in 100% ratio tint Dusty Oak

The Space

Inside the Hope Anglican Church, MASSLAM beams create a metaphorical link to the original bushland of the site.


“The timber beam geometry accentuates the primary entry points into the church auditorium which are in turn set on key site grids that emphasise connections to an adjoining Anglican school and the the wider Leppington community that the church is seeking to create an open and positive engagement with. ”

Hope and community were the inspiration behind the new Hope Anglican Church in Leppington, NSW. With a budget of $7M, the impressive build features new church facilities including the construction of an auditorium, meeting rooms, amenities, commercial kitchen and alterations to the existing structures.

Reitsma Construction alongside project managers Midson Management completed the project in February 2022.  Designed by NBRS, Hope Anglican Church includes a number of spectacular features including the exposed MASSLAM beams, intricate internal detailing, large skylight panels and polished concrete floors.

NBRS strives for innovation and excellence in design, with the wellbeing of ecology, society and culture at the forefront. With that in mind, the Hope Anglican Church reflects a healthy built environment with the materials selected, championing sustainable timber and natural light.

MASSLAM beams are exposed throughout the Hope Anglican Church, showcasing the 560×65 and 560×85 members. Processed using a state-of-the-art mass timber line at ASH, the beams are made from GoodWood Victorian ash that was later H3 treated and coated in Universal Timber Oil for protection against weather.

MASSLAM is ASH’s range of glue-laminated timber systems (including columns, beams and floors); intended for commercial and large domestic structures; designed and manufactured for assembly that is grown, owned and produced in Victoria. Prefabrication and off-site assembly has numerous benefits including cost savings, improved speed and quality, better accuracy and lighter members.

Hope Anglican Church utilised these benefits and more when prioritising mass timber solutions over finite materials like concrete and steel. Learn more about using glue-laminated members in mass timber construction here.



“The overall result is fantastic with a number of feature elements throughout, including large exposed structural laminated timber beams combined within a structural steel frame”

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