Brooke St Pier, Hobart
A Luxaflex Southern Hemisphere first.
A frequent selection for world class commercial projects, the Luxaflex Architectural range was recently deployed on a unique project for the first building in the Southern Hemisphere to be built on dry land, then floated on water. The project, which entailed providing external shading for Hobart’s newest ferry terminal at Brooke St Pier, looks set to dramatically improve the travel experience of around 300,000 people who use the facility annually.
Recognising that the existing pier did not meet the needs of commuters, the Australian Government commissioned a redevelopment of the pier, contributing $5 million. Ferry operators Navigators and Peppermint Bay provided an $8 million joint investment to the project.
Local Luxaflex supplier, Giuseppe Mampieri of Fabriqué, was commissioned to fit the building with awnings that would provide shade and glare reduction, while concealing the awnings as much as possible. “My team worked closely with the project’s builder, Fairbrother, as well as the principal architect, the project manager and the steel engineers to deliver a product which suited the terminal’s specific requirements,” confirmed Mampieri.
“He recommended the installation of the Evo guide system, a product which is proven to be energy efficient and highly effective in controlling heat, light and glare. The awnings were fitted in 10mm thick steel from the inside of the building with a narrow opening for the fabric. This collaborative design meant that patrons would barely be able to notice the awnings when raised.”
Fabriqué’s role in the project was delivered in an impressive time frame, as the awnings needed to be installed while the structure was still on land. “We knew straight away that the Evo cable guide system was the ideal product for this development and we’re so proud to have had the opportunity to be part of such a significant infrastructure for the city of Hobart,” commented Mampieri.
Martin Schmidt, principal architect at Circa Morris Nunn Architects, was extremely satisfied with the installation of Luxaflex Commercial products in line with the design brief.
“The 300,000 people who use the facility annually will benefit from the shade provided by Luxaflex awnings, whilst Hobart’s waterfront precinct will benefit from the many restaurants, tourism retailers and coffee shops that plan to open on the pier” said Jenny Brown, Luxaflex National Marketing Manager
“In total, 18 awnings have been fitted which are fully motorised and connected to Somfy Motor Controllers, enabling the awnings to be operated via a remote.” The structure was successfully floated into place at the Hobart dock on 9 November 2014, with construction completed in December 2014.
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