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In Australia, the food and restaurant industry is showing signs of growth, presenting designers and specifiers with new opportunities. As food and dining options grow, so will the demand for commercial kitchen design. In a sector where food hygiene, safety and cost control are paramount, an effective drainage system is a must-have for a successful commercial food operation.
The Janka rating is often used by flooring professionals as a measure of quality for timber flooring. However, hardness is only one of the properties that provides an indication of a timber floor’s overall durability. Stability, that is the timber’s ability to resist dimensional change that can result in warping and splitting, is an important consideration.
In recent years, the National Construction Code’s stricter regime for fire safety has had the effect of restricting the use of timber materials for certain building applications, including timber veneer panels and plywood for wall and ceiling linings. Accordingly, designers and specifiers are taking a cautious approach when specifying fire-rated products. However, compliance should not come at the cost of the beauty and performance that real wood options can offer.
Against the backdrop of extended Australian droughts and a changing climate, the specification of an onsite wastewater system takes on even greater importance as it allows households to save and safely reuse significant amounts of water every year.
With parking spaces across Australia at a premium, modern parking solutions like vehicle lifts are gaining favour. Particularly in multi-residential or commercial applications, car platform lifts and elevators are gaining favour as efficient means of maximising parking space. Lift speed is undoubtedly a major concern for designers, specifiers and traffic managers, but a faster lift does not necessarily equate to faster traffic movement.
In modern kitchen design, designers and specifiers have to balance a wide range of requirements, including how to accommodate appliances, storage and workspaces, providing access to water and electricity, and doing so within a comfortable and ergonomic layout. Aesthetics remain one of the top priorities for homeowners, making surface and material choice critical to delivering the desired look and feel without compromising durability and longevity.
54 Mary Street is an office building nestled in the heart of Brisbane. Spanning over 22 levels, it was no small feat for bureau^proberts, engaged to carry out a refit of the public amenities. As part of the refurbishment of male, female and PWD bathrooms across numerous floors, bureau^proberts had to source a large selection of soap dispensers that would be readily available in large quantities.
For the past 14 years, Architecture & Design magazine has run the Sustainability Awards – Australia’s oldest national sustainability awards program dedicated to rewarding excellence in sustainability across our built environment. In 2020, Technical Protection Systems was the proud sponsor of Commercial Architecture (Small). Download this eBook to find out more.
Despite having some of the best quality municipal water in the world, many Australians choose to drink water bottled in plastic. The damaging effects of plastic production (both for single use and other plastics) on the environment are impossible to ignore.
Designers and specifiers utilise timber floors to add sophistication, warmth and a premium look to an interior space. However, the focus on aesthetics means that the finer details of product performance can be overlooked, especially in the commercial sector. Without careful consideration of the relevant performance requirements and Australian Standards, designers and specifiers run the risk of creating commercial timber floors that are unsafe and unfit for purpose.
As one the most sought after flooring materials in Australia, the choice of timber flooring products has grown – from traditional solid timber floors to pre-finished, engineered wood options, and not to mention the wide range of species available. With so many options on the market, the key question for designers and specifiers – “Is the product fit for purpose?” – can be easily overlooked.
Christchurch’s EntX development is the home of entertainment and eateries in the centre of the city. Completed in 2019, the project was awarded Excellence in the PCNZ Property Award Retail Category. Situated at the corner of Lichfield and Colombo streets, this thriving hub boasts a staggering array of cosmopolitan food and drink options; a far cry from the fast-food driven food courts of days gone by.