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  • Harvest Apartments - Austral Precast | designplace
    carpark levels apartment complex at the city end of South Melbourne was no exception However the manufacture and supply of 210 concrete panels by Austral Precast went smoothly Harvest Apartment Melbourne I ve dealt with Austral Precast for many many years says project manager Tony Garifallou They are renowned for their product the best quality panels in Australia Sandwiched on a former warehouse site with restricted access and limited onsite storage an efficient building system such as precast concrete panel was essential for ease and speed of construction All 210 panels for this project have a Class 2 finish the most common specification for high quality architectural precast concrete Harvest Apartments South Melbourne Harvest Apartments South Melbourne Austral Precast have got a good panel they ve got really good systems in place good QA and good installers says Tony Garifallou Gallery Featured Products AUSTRAL PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS Austral Precast is Australia s largest manufacturer of precast concrete panels a cost effective solution for the industrial commercial and residential markets The company has manufacturing facilities in Queensland New South Wales Victoria and Western Australia Colour Natural grey MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your email to receive

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  • Pantanassa Monastery - Bowral Bricks & Bristile Roofing | designplace
    at Pantanassa are sanguine viewing this as a project measured not in months or years but in decades and generations Partly this is due to funds but also completion of some aspects of the monastery decor such as the painting of icons that will eventually cover the church walls and ceiling may take up to a century Upon completion of stage three the church will be all but enclosed by ancillary buildings in keeping with the Greek Orthodox tradition Partly this reflects the Orthodox belief that the church is not just a place to inspire and uplift but in a mysterious way it is Heaven It also acknowledges the history of Mount Athos the remote Greek peninsula whose many monasteries have often come under siege over the centuries Although church buildings in Greece are constructed in stone this was impractical in Australia both financially and logistically The hardest thing for me was adapting this pristine precise material bricks to a very traditional form and introducing details that make the material belong to the building Stavropolous told us in 2009 at the completion of the church In both stages he has succeeded admirably with a meticulous design blending a multitude of complex brick details to enrich the surface of these already highly articulated buildings Although a large portion of the stage 2 building facade is stretcher bond cavity double brickwork there is a substantial amount of arched fanning corbelled and zigzag brickwork to create a highly textured and decorative skin The second stage of the complex describes an L shape which houses seven bedrooms with partial ensuites a two level library linked by a spiral staircase offices kitchen and large dining room on the upper level After the church the dining room is the second most important space in a monastery Demetrios explains The walls of this space will eventually be adorned with icons in a similar manner to the church Directly below the dining room is a large storeroom that will enable the monks to stock extensive provisions The back wall of the dining room secretes a deep cavity that allows air flow from the underlying storeroom to be ventilated through hit and miss brickwork in the gable The hip and gable roofs are tiled with La Escandella terracotta tiles imported from Spain and distributed exclusively in Australia by Bristile Roofing These premium quality tiles are widely considered to be among the best available and have been used in countries as diverse as Dubai UK Lebanon and Taiwan The double curve design of the units selected for this project blends the half barrel profile of traditional Mediterranean roof tiles with the functionality and ease of installation of an interlocking tile The roofing of the quadrangle building is supported on a conventional timber structure The new building is designed to be extended as the need for additional accommodation grows Completing the complex will be a more general purpose building with a reception confessional chapel religious artefacts store meeting room and general

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  • 205 Gipps St - Daniel Robertson Clay Bricks | designplace
    premium quality bricks in creative patterns to add interest shadow and articulation We were keen to demonstrate that social housing is not about straight up and down design says Dunn The brick facade of the old factory was retained on two elevations and two buildings constructed behind it over a common basement There are five townhouses on the other minor street frontage The remaining residences are apartments mainly with one or two bedrooms A delightfully landscaped communal courtyard sits between the two buildings The retained facade forms a plinth to the new structure which is progressively set back and appears to float above as it rises five levels If anything the required setback on the top level is a little extreme and obscures the zinc clad quasi industrial sawtooth roofline from the street The brickwork is constructed as a simple veneer but laid in a Flemish bond a pattern normally associated with solid brickwork that is two leaves without a cavity This traditional brick pattern alternates headers and stretchers the short and long sides of a brick with each header sitting above and below a stretcher A whole brick laid as a header traditionally links two thicknesses in a Flemish bond wall In this application a single thickness veneer bricks were halved to create two headers This particular bond gave us the opportunity to use three very different wall textures says Max Bachimov architecture director of KANNFINCH Melbourne Omitting the header created a perforated wall also known as hit and miss brickwork which allows light penetration without compromising privacy Alternatively some headers project creating a 3D pattern an intriguing and surprising texture that also creates shadowplay The majority of the walling is conventional two dimensional although the dot dash rhythm of the Flemish bond is unexpected Site context this is a heritage precinct with old warehouses light industrial sites and workers cottages was also a factor in selecting brick as was maintenance Since CEHL retain ownership of most apartments it needs to be as low maintenance as possible says Bachimov Obviously brick fits into this category perfectly 205 Gipps Street Abbotsford 205 Gipps Street Abbotsford KANNFINCH normally works on large commercial projects and Bachimov admits that his brickwork skills were a little rusty but says it was a great experience It took me back to the days when I started when I worked on extensions and houses and you had to understand the courses and where the windows site and so on He praised the work of the bricklaying team who rose to the challenge of the unconventional bond and the design details I m glad this art hasn t been lost We were blessed with a contractor who had subbies on the site who could perform these skilful artforms The brickwork veneer is laid on shelf angles flying past the slab edges to create a uniform soffit The insulated brickwork mass assisted the buildings to achieve a 6 2 Stars NatHERS rating along with double glazing solar boosted gas

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  • Kane Constructions - Precast Concrete Panels | designplace
    the 10 metre by 40 metre site with three metre setbacks front and rear required significant planning and traffic management by Austral Precast the panel installer and builder Kane Constructions Precast Concrete Brisbane The external panels each weighing up to 18 tonnes demanded precise setout as they sat on the site boundaries The complex internal design of the three storey building dubbed The Green Fox was a further challenge necessitating innovative bracing solutions for the panels and non traditional props for the precast concrete columns Despite these challenges and the complex slab rebates and penetrations the installation went smoothly Architectural Precast Concrete Brisbane Architectural Precast Concrete Brisbane It is only through pushing the boundaries of good design and application of technology together with use of offsite materials that innovation becomes mainstream practice says Kane s David Rutter It is this aspect of the project we are most proud of Gallery Featured Products AUSTRAL PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS 77 PANELS Precast concrete panels are a cost effective building solution offering quick and easy construction product customisation durability exceptional fire resistance and sound insulation and high quality Colour Grey also available in a wide range of colours and finishes MORE ON THIS PRODUCT

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  • Waters Edge Apartments - Concrete Panels | designplace
    234 high quality apartments with accommodation from one to three bedrooms Many of the apartments have panoramic northerly views across the river to Auchenflower Common to all apartments is a high standard of finish with the developers giving particular attention to the design and quality of the kitchens bathrooms balconies lighting and flooring On site facilities include an air conditioned gym 25 metre infinity edge lap pool wading pool multi purpose theatre recreation room and a communal outdoor room dubbed The Summer House In all Austral Precast manufactured and installed 377 panels for this first stage of the Waters Edge project 207 panels covering 1900 square metres for Reach and a further 170 panels or 1840 square metres for Drift The double height precast concrete panels forming the basement perimeter walls were especially innovative in their design and construction Increased reinforcement allowed the builder to use shorter props that finished just below the soffit of the upper basement slab thus removing the need for costly slab penetrations Efficiencies were also introduced by redesigning the curved precast balustrade elements to increase their length and minimise the number of radii thereby reducing manufacturing transport lifting and installation costs Waters Edge Concrete Apartments West End Brisbane The tightly controlled conditions of the precast manufacturing process allows a high level of quality and efficiency in both materials and labour along with the potential for economies of scale Production delays due to weather becomes a thing of the past The completed panels are precisely engineered consistent and have a high level of durability On site precast technologies allow rapid construction reduced site congestion and reduced trades Austral Precast also offers a complete installation service which Pradella Constructions chose to utilise for this project completing the end to end service with one contract and total responsibility

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  • Cameo Cinema - Precast Concrete Panels | designplace
    independent movie house scene Opened in 1935 the Cameo has evolved into an eight screen multiplex ITN Architects was given the task of adding two new cinemas to the rear as well as a bar and deck overlooking an outdoor cinema CameoCinema The designers chose precast concrete panels for their economy low maintenance and excellent acoustic properties The Cameo name is cast in large capital letters into the external panels which have a timber like and and blast finish Difficult site access deterred a number of precasters However forward planning by Austral Precast s operations team allowed the panels to be craned in from the side and assembled over a short period Cameo Cinema Belgrave A precast wall between the new cinemas is clad on one side with studwork and plasterboard to ensure action thrillers don t intrude on romcoms Gallery Featured Products AUSTRAL PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS 48 PANELS Precast concrete panels are a cost effective building solution offering quick and easy construction product customisation durability exceptional fire resistance and sound insulation and high quality Colour Wood and blast textured grey also available in a wide range of finishes MORE ON THIS PRODUCT Tweet Want more inspiration Just enter your

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  • Park at Waterfront - Austral Bricks Symmetry | designplace
    as Newstead Riverpark Mirvac s Waterfront project occupies just over 10 hectares of this prime site flanking the Brisbane River a mere two kilometres from the CBD Stage two Park at Waterfront opened in mid 2011 As its name suggests this stage is set back from the river and surrounded by hectares of parkland In all 3 1 hectares has been developed as public open space and ownership transferred to Brisbane City Council A further 1 8 hectares are publicly accessible but privately owned The Park building is set on a podium that forms the residents car park It is best described as a three core design with two eight storey cores surmounted by a sixteen storey tower providing variation and articulation to the building massing The 102 apartments are a relatively affordable mix of one two and three bedroom designs In addition there are 380 square metres of retail restaurant tenancies on the ground floor Stage 2 of Mirvac s Waterfront Newstead project is best described as a three core design with two eight storey cores surmounted by a sixteen storey tower Vertical brickwork panels increase the building s thermal mass and give the whole complex a more human quality Mirvac Design a wholly owned design and architecture subsidiary of the Mirvac Group picked up the Teneriffe woolstores materiality and decorated the building s western facade with vertical brickwork panels separated by rendered horizontal elements They chose Terracotta from Austral Bricks Symmetry range The colour choice is an obvious homage to the area s heritage however the finish of these bricks is very contemporary and sharp with even colouration The design intent was for the brickwork to increase the thermal mass and give the whole complex a more human quality essential for a residential development The brickwork rises from

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  • SA Police Academy - Austral Bricks Hallett Range | designplace
    experience in police academy design to the table SAPOL South Australia Police had a strong brief which was very helpful says Cheesman s Scott Boyd Turner the project architect The masterplan took shape over six months with the final complex of four major buildings an auditorium and dining building administration classroom training and technology and resources being grouped around a large central courtyard dubbed the Campus Heart Space between the building footprints will allow for a future expansion of 30 to 50 percent Also on the 14 hectare site is a 20 unit accommodation block and buildings housing weapons training lockers and change rooms physical training facilities management and stores and a scenario village Additional facilities include a 4000 square metre parade ground outdoor training area a Memorial Garden commemorating fallen officers driver training track and onsite parking for 371 vehicles On any day the academy may host as many as 400 officers and recruits In plan the four major buildings describe an arc all but surrounding the Campus Heart The massive wing awning of the Auditorium and Dining Building creates a dramatic and sophisticated welcome for site visitors providing shelter from the weather and sun for the viewing of ceremonies on the parade ground The Administration and Classroom buildings are stylistically very similar and connected by a two storey brick colonnaded walkway Bookending this part of the complex is the Technology and Resources Building easily distinguished by its curved doubleheight glazing which affords views across the campus from the library reading and study area All the major buildings are two storeys high with concrete framing to the first floor and steel framing above The Auditorium and Dining Building has canted polished precast panels bookends with brick and window infill The other three major buildings use brick veneer infill at ground level and a portion of the upper floor with composite aluminium panels above The durability of brickwork and its low maintenance needs made it an obvious choice However a requirement of the police commissioner Mal Hyde who recently retired prompted an additional consideration The original comment from the commissioner at our start up meeting was that he was after something timeless And brick is definitely one of those timeless materials The red brick is used in the existing fort structures and the surrounding area Boyd Turner recalls Brick is as much a modern material as it is an ancient material he adds And it weathers exceptionally well down by the beachfront The academy s brickwork teams well with other materials such as aluminium glass and feature timbers The mass of brickwork is broken down with two horizontal bands of two course high soldier bricks which also decorate windows heads Shaped sill bricks are used on reveals Bricks were also used in high traffic areas such as linkways Low freestanding walls are capped with shaped bricks with doublesplayed corners Brick is a material that can take knocks and scuffs and be cleaned easily says Boyd Turner We could have taken

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