Builder Andrew Zeaiter of Tom Zeaiter Constructions has been using AFS Rediwall for a number of years and has nothing but great things to say about the product and the support offered by CSR. His experience with AFS Rediwall made him choose the system again in his latest project – a four-level apartment building including basement for the Department of Housing in Sydney.
For the multi-residential Western Sydney apartments, Zeaiter used approximately 500sqm of AFS Rediwall (RW200mm) permanent formwork for the lift core, fire stairs and basement.
“We really like the product and always get good service from the team,” Zeaiter says. “That makes it a lot easier. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
“There’s not much manpower required to install it either, and it’s cheaper,” he adds. “It’s a bit of a no-brainer really.”
A challenging build
Construction for the project took place over the first few months of 2022, so the Tom Zeaiter Constructions team had to work around days of extended rain along with COVID restrictions, which put pressure on their construction timelines. However, the efficiency provided by AFS Rediwall helped to alleviate the worst of their challenges.
“Whether you are using AFS Rediwall or a different method the weather will still affect you,” Zeaiter explains, “but if you can take two days less to do the work and you beat the rain then it does, obviously, help a lot.”
AFS Rediwall is manufactured in Australia and, despite the pandemic, has managed material supply without stress or drama, which Zeaiter says has helped the site to run more smoothly. Still under construction, the project is expected to be completed in August 2022.