Duncan Street, West End QLD
Precast manufacture & installation:
The Brisbane suburb of West End sits on an oxbow of the meandering Brisbane River, directly linked by three bridges to the CBD (including the aptly-named Go Between Bridge which actually celebrates the ‘80s indie rock band).
Like inner suburbs everywhere,West End is undergoing substantial change, attracting young professionals, academics and “empty nesters”, drawn by its proximity, motorway access and lively street life.
Reach and Drift are the first stage of Pradella Developments’ Waters Edge, a $570 million, three hectare development along Riverside Drive. When all stages are complete, the site will blend residential living with retail and commercial developments.
Together the 11-storey towers (including two basement levels) offer 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.
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.
Reach and Drift, the first stage of Pradella Developments Waters Edge project, has won a string of HIA and MBA awards for its design, construction, innovation and housing technology.
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)
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