Strongbuild’s Phoenix Apartment project in Rouse Hill is now well underway with our timber framed solution above podium (ground floor) level progressing well. We are currently installing our ‘first of its kind’ lightweight LVL walls to level 3. By using this timber framed solution, together with pre-fabricated bathroom and laundry PODS, we are able to bring our finishes trades in much earlier during the structure phase than conventional concrete framed buildings. Additionally, our timber solution has the potential to cut down on structural cycle times and we are currently achieving an 8-day floor to floor cycle. Time to bring on the finishes trades!
There has been a lot going on recently at Strongbuild, with some very exciting milestones and ‘firsts’ being achieved across the whole business and this week saw another significant highlight as we landed on site our first prefabricated bathroom pods and prefabricated wall panels that have come out of our manufacturing facility. The project, Parklands Estate at Rouse Hill, consists of 62 x 2 storey Town Homes that we have had the opportunity to design right through from concept to delivery utilising the expertise of our team, resources through our manufacturing facility and an array of products allowing us to deliver an exceptionally high quality product in a very controlled manner.
It is probably one of the proudest moments I have had in business as it represents over 7 years of planning, research and development as well as a significant amount of time and effort by everyone involved to get to this point. Not only us as Directors, but everyone in the office, the design team and the crew on the factory floor have each played their part to make this a success and we are truly grateful for the commitment shown by them all. The investment in the manufacturing facility has allowed us to streamline the manufacture of key building elements, off site in a controlled factory environment – floors, walls, roofs, bathroom pods and joinery components are pre-finished to millimetre accuracy in the factory, then transported and assembled on-site.
Panelisation puts Strongbuild in control of the negative variables associated with the building industry and is the key to creating more product consistently faster, more economically and to a higher standard. By combining sustainable resources with performance enhancing building systems, methods and detailing, we’ll be able to deliver product with much higher quality, in a shorter timeframe, more efficiently and more sustainably than ever before. In just 1.5 days we have installed, 11 bathrooms, 2 ground floor walls structures (that are prefinished with plasterboard, insulation, windows and doors installed, sarking and battens ready for external cladding) and 2 first floor structures (our prefabricated floor cassettes). This represents a significant saving in time for the project.
We also need to thank Greg Taylor and his team at Residential Group for their faith in us to deliver this ‘new way’ of building on their project.
As the sun was about to rise over the Macquarie University’s North Ryde Campus yesterday morning, we were very excited to guide the last of 22 pre-fabricated mass timber roof cassettes into position. In only 4 nights of lifting, the small install team of only 5 workers were able to install approximately 2,000sqm of roof cassettes and the mass timber structure now proudly stands complete. A very bold and unique design ensured the whole team were stretched and focused on solving complex details to make this project a success. This was very evident as the last of these roof cassettes were installed in a fraction of the time it took the first one.
This was definitely no run of the mill project and the final result is exceptional. A truly inspiring looking structure, the “Innovation Hub” will be blend seamlessly into the park-like campus located within the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, just 15 kilometres from the city centre.
We achieved another milestone last week when we craned the first panel of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) into position on our next large CLT project at Aveo Norwest. It has been a long journey for the whole team as we have been involved in the design of this project from the very early stages and it was great to have the client and design team out on site to see it fixed into position.
Aveo Norwest is one of the largest CLT structures currently under construction with around 3,000m3 of CLT being used in the construction of 64 luxury retirement living apartments over 10 levels, 9 of which are constructed out of CLT. Along with retail on ground floor and a conference centre over 2 levels, this project will set a new standard in vertical retirement living.
A large early works package was also included requiring the building of a new dam, weir wall and detention basin as well as basement parking up to and including podium level.
The site is prominently located and can be seen from Old Windsor Road and also the M7, so if you are driving by make sure you check out the progress as the timber structure goes up.
The project pushes the boundaries of design and capabilities of CLT and will be a striking looking building upon completion.
Many thanks to the vision and commitment to innovation by Aveo Group and the dedication and support of the project team including Mulpha Norwest, PDS Group, Jackson Teece, TTW and Private Certifiers Australia.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning last week, Strongbuild had the monumental task of transporting and installing the first 6 of 22 pre-fabricated mass timber roof cassettes at Macquarie University’s new “Innovation Hub”. Each cassette is 21m long by 3.6m wide and weighs in at around 3tonne. Due to their size, this meant they could only be transported from the factory in Bella Vista to Ryde Business Park between the hours of 12 and 5am to avoid traffic disruption.
The Innovation Hub is a purpose built facility designed by Architectus which will be a meeting place for entrepreneurs to meet with mentors and those wishing to create, collaborate, inspire, motivate and innovate. Strongbuild is working in collaboration with Lipman to deliver this very unique building which has actually been designed to be disassembled and relocated at the end of 5 years.
The whole exposed timber structure is made up of approximately 2,000m2 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and 1,250l/m of Glulam as well as 760l/m of Victoria Iron Ash Australian hardwood for the ‘V’ columns used to support each roof cassette. The timber floor consists of 7,300l/m of pine LVL for the floor cassettes and roof battens and 1,800l/m of external decking.