Award winning Plaza achieves fire rating and wood look with printed ExoTec façade panel

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Calty Construction
The Buchan Group

The Sunshine Plaza shopping centre in the heart of Maroochydore, Queensland, welcomes visitors in to experience a cultural celebration of the local community. Central to this, is the Riverwalk Dining area. The $440 million dollar redevelopment lead by Lendlease saw Sunshine Plaza’s retail space expand by 35,000 square meters, making it the first super-regional classified shopping centre in the region.

The Architect, the Buchan Group was focused on achieving a build compliant with Group 1 fire ratings. Achieving this, without compromising superior design, was enabled by the products utilised in the redevelopment. Given the Sunshine Plaza is a hub of community art and history, adding character to the centre was also key.

James Hardie ExoTec™ Facade Panel and System was used to meet the brief of a Group 1 fire rated material. The technique of large format digital printing onto the panels enabled the architect’s vision to be realised. Gen-Eco’s spotted gum digital print was selected as a design feature, directly printed onto the ExoTec Panels. This technological advancement of large format printing enables substantial constructions like the Sunshine Plaza to appeal to innovative design features, such as a wood look, with the benefits of fibre cement panels.

This highly functional solution abided by Group 1 fire ratings, whilst maximising creativity within the design of the Riverwalk.

James Hardie ExoTec Panel and System is a deemed-to-satisfy, cladding system suitable for non-combustible construction, making it the obvious choice for this project. The 9mm or 12mm thick panels are sealed on all sides, reducing panel expansion. ExoTec Panel and System can be factory finished, painted on-site, or digitally printed, as it was here.

The wood look of the spotted gum digital print on the ExoTec Panels formed an aesthetically pleasing design feature on the soffit lining. ExoTec Panel and System is specifically designed for use on low rise, high rise, and commercial building facades, fascia’s and soffits, as it is high impact resistant and durable. The compressed fibre cement panels that work with a top hat system allow for the Boardwalks geometric spotted gum design.

The redevelopment of the Sunshine Plaza was completed in March 2019, and saw this community hub come to life, thanks to the Gen-Eco large format digital printing on James Hardie ExoTec Panels.

For more information on how you can achieve a range of looks using the ExoTec™ facade panel, contact our customer service team on 13 11 03.IMG_2630

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