Perforated metal panels made by Arrow Metal were used to create a stunning cantilever roof atop the amenities block at Rockdale Park.

The cantilever roof has transformed the functional-looking public facility into an impressive architectural feature, with the perforated metal roof panels by Arrow Metal forming an eye-catching overhang on the brand-new amenities block, which was built as part of the 3.2-hectare park’s upgrade by Bayside Council.

Creating cantilever perforated metal roof panels

The distinctive roof shape of the amenities building was a significant challenge. To create the geometric 3D underside of the overhang to the architect’s design, each of the perforated metal roof panels had to be individually cut and perforated to a specific size and shape. Additionally, the margins had to remain unperforated to achieve the bold border lines that form the angular effect.

The Arrow Metal team created custom perforated metal designs using CAD software, ensuring the exact placement of these perforations on each panel according to the client’s measurements, including unperforated margins.

The panels were then individually perforated using Arrow Metal’s state-of-the-art punching machinery for maximum precision. The perforated metal roof panels were produced in mill finish aluminium, in pattern 234 – a traditional round-shape profile with 6.4mm holes, 9.5mm staggered pitch, and a 40% open area.

The Rockdale Park upgrade

One of Rockdale’s oldest parks, Rockdale Park is treasured in the Bayside area for its ornamental and rare tree species. Popular for recreation as well as celebrations, the park is a favoured spot for wedding photography thanks to its unique and picturesque surroundings.

The park’s new amenities block includes toilets and baby change facilities as well as a park staff room. Additional works in the major project involved landscaping and upgrading pathways and creating a dedicated space and focal point bridge amongst the water feature for weddings and celebrations.