Askin Performance Panels was awarded the contract for the supply and installation of insulated sandwich panels for the new warehouse facility for Symbion Pty Ltd located at Atlantic Drive ‘The Key’ Industrial Estate, Keysborough, Victoria. The project consists of 9,000m² of XFLAM insulated panels, comprising of external walls, internal walls and ceilings. ASKIN partnered with Australand to complete this project and together they provided specific design solutions to complete this facility utilising varied ‘thicknesses of ASKIN XFLAM panel to achieve the project specification brief.

250mm thickness XFLAM panel was used to construct the internal walls, which were designed to achieve huge 13.7m unsupported spans! The result for Symbion included substantial savings due to the massive reduction in steelwork required, not to mention the speed of build and the clean look and finish of the interior walls. XFLAM is the only FM approved panel system capable of achieving this huge span and in addition to this, by using the 250mm XFLAM panel ASKIN was able to achieve a thermal insulation R value greater than 7.9!

The exterior walls for the facility were also constructed from XFLAM panel, which comes with Bluescope Colorbond skins. For this project the skin profile chosen was Silkline and the Colorbond colours were Shale Grey, Windspray and Surf Mist. Australand chose to work with ASKIN on this project particularly for the total solution that ASKIN could provide with a full design, manufacture, installation and warranted approach. With 15 to 20 ASKIN contractors on site throughout the build, the project deadlines were easily met. XFLAM external facade panel over achieved BCA section J compliance and not only do they look great, they met the very stringent guidelines in place from local fire authority as well as Symbion’s Insurance.

XFLAM panel is an insurer endorsed fire resistant product with FM approval; however this project was also required to be installed per the CODE of practice and has now been audited by the CEO of the Insulated Panel Council of Australasia (IPCA) with a full tick to CODE compliance.

In addition to this XFLAM is now GreenTag Certified and is 100% Australian owned and Australian made. Yet another reason Australand and Symbion decided to partner with ASKIN and XFLAM ‘the premier performance panel’ for this project.

Project details

Project: Symbion Pty Ltd warehouse facility

Architect: JMA Architects

Builder: Australand

Location: ‘The Key’ Industrial Estate, Keysborough, VIC

Product used: Exterior/ XFLAM/ Silkline/ Shale Grey, Windspray, Surf Mist