Bill McCorkell, who specialised in using prefabrication to make environmentally friendly houses for Baby Boomers, has put the same technology to work on a high-specification commercial building for the first time. Writes @michaelbleby from @financialreview ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Prefab has taken a step beyond residential #construction with the completion of the 600 sq m Dandenong Control Centre. The signalling control centre for the busy Caulfield-Pakenham line in southeast Melbourne is pressure-controlled, secure and custom-designed for future maintenance and replacement of technology as needed. And it comprises six steel boxes designed, made and trucked to the site by @archiblox.
Being the first such job, the high capital costs made it marginal in a profit sense, but Archiblox director @Bill_McCorkell points out there is much more of this to come. ‘It gives us the opportunity to drive further into the market’, he says.
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In Today’s @financialreview or via bit.ly/PrefabRail. Arsineh Houspian." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The prefab technology allowed for changes during planning – such as a late decision to increase the footprint of the structure by 30 per cent – that would have added costs and delays under a conventional build. It also allowed time savings by permitting construction of the structures for the site at the same time as preliminary site works took place. The time on site, that lasted from December until February, would have taken six months under traditional methods. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Prefab technology is a growing in popularity in Australia's high-wage construction industry, from timber in residential construction to modular steel of the type that will build David Walsh's Hotel Mona outside Hobart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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