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Gavin Prangley, Contracts Manager and Director of SCE Stone & Design, is standing on the corner of Queen Street and Customs Street, looking at Commercial Bay, one of Auckland’s largest construction projects to date. Destined to become a new “destination” in itself, Commercial Bay, designed by architectural and design firm Warren and Mahoney, is where transport, commerce and retail come together.

Gavin and his teams are working on installing Jura Beige limestone cladding on the façade exteriors of four of the buildings, using a very cool, innovative German mechanical fixing solution, called the Fischer System.

Gavin Prangley, Contracts Manager and Director of SCE Stone & Design, is standing on the corner of Queen Street and Customs Street, looking at Commercial Bay, one of Auckland’s largest construction projects to date. Destined to become a new “destination” in itself, Commercial Bay, designed by architectural and design firm Warren and Mahoney, is where transport, commerce and retail come together.

Gavin and his teams are working on installing Jura Beige limestone cladding on the façade exteriors of four of the buildings, using a very cool, innovative German mechanical fixing solution, called the Fischer System.

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“In the past,” explains Gavin, “you may have been able to look up and see the fixing brackets protruding from underneath the stone tiles. With the Fischer System, we’re hanging the stone on an element and rail system, “hook and hang”, which means you aren’t able to see any of the fixing elements at the joint.”

Aesthetically, this system allows for the stone to be installed in a variety of complex arrangements – a huge advantage which Warren and Mahoney have capitalised on in their various façade designs.

“In the past,” explains Gavin, “you may have been able to look up and see the fixing brackets protruding from underneath the stone tiles. With the Fischer System, we’re hanging the stone on an element and rail system, “hook and hang”, which means you aren’t able to see any of the fixing elements at the joint.”

Aesthetically, this system allows for the stone to be installed in a variety of complex arrangements – a huge advantage which Warren and Mahoney have capitalised on in their various façade designs.

There are more than aesthetic benefits though. “Another big advantage is that all the limestone pieces have been pre-cut and pre-drilled in Germany. This means less mess, less noise and no cutting on the building site”, says Gavin.

All of which is key for a build in such a high-use busy area. Installation is faster and more straightforward and efficient than with other systems – and it’s not dependent on weather conditions.  

There are more than aesthetic benefits though. “Another big advantage is that all the limestone pieces have been pre-cut and pre-drilled in Germany. This means less mess, less noise and no cutting on the building site”, says Gavin.

All of which is key for a build in such a high-use busy area. Installation is faster and more straightforward and efficient than with other systems – and it’s not dependent on weather conditions.  

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Speed is important on the Commercial Bay Project. With early retail scheduled to open in August 2018, Gavin and his installation teams are working hard on the four buildings.  

The Fischer System comes with a 50 year life-span and has been engineered for wind loading and seismic movements both in Germany and again by local engineers in line with the performance requirements of the Building Code and Auckland City Council consent conditions.

Looking ahead, Gavin thinks this new system could very well have a significant impact on the way New Zealand builds, making for a more efficient environment on-site. “Right now, I can see this being used in more commercial sites around the country, but it could definitely be applied to high-end residential builds as well.”

Want to find out more? Be sure to check out SCE Stone & Design on ArchiPro and see which other exciting projects they’re involved in.

 

Speed is important on the Commercial Bay Project. With early retail scheduled to open in August 2018, Gavin and his installation teams are working hard on the four buildings.  

The Fischer System comes with a 50 year life-span and has been engineered for wind loading and seismic movements both in Germany and again by local engineers in line with the performance requirements of the Building Code and Auckland City Council consent conditions.

Looking ahead, Gavin thinks this new system could very well have a significant impact on the way New Zealand builds, making for a more efficient environment on-site. “Right now, I can see this being used in more commercial sites around the country, but it could definitely be applied to high-end residential builds as well.”

Want to find out more? Be sure to check out SCE Stone & Design on ArchiPro and see which other exciting projects they’re involved in.

 

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