THE PROJECT CHALLENGE / The large scale redevelopment at Eastland Shopping Centre was set to put Ringwood on the shoppers map and a 3D elliptical sweep void geometric feature nicknamed ‘The Shard’ was to be created to transition visitors from the centre to the new Town Square area, spanning across three internal levels.
THE CORTEK FRAMING STEEL SOLUTION/
> The Shard was a challenge for the builder and associated trades alike. High end finishes were demanded with minimal tolerances to work around building structure elements. After several builder and contractor design meetings, SBS Group was engaged to shop detail, design and fabricate all three levels of the Shard elements to support curved plasterboard for a class five finish.
> After initial trials and set out points, levels 1 and 2 were successfully installed with level 3 proving the most challenging. Initial setbacks in manufacture on site to suit some of the twisted geometry were resolved with the finished project truly an outstanding icon and a credit to the plastering contractor’s workmanship.