Australian hardwood flooring from Boral Timber is creating visual interest at the Hawthorn Town Hall in Melbourne following a flooring refurbishment.

Part of a $19.7 million redevelopment project, Hawthorn Town Hall recently completed a flooring refurbishment wherein varying lengths of Boral Timber Australian hardwood solid strip flooring were installed. The redevelopment was supervised by Peddle Thorp Architects.

According to architect Andrew Gordon, a key objective of the project was to turn the floor into a stand-out feature; they worked with Boral Timber to identify a solution that would allow them to incorporate a combination of timber boards to create texture and interest.

Blackbutt flooring was specified by the architects for its hardness and character, which complemented the Town Hall’s existing heritage design. Borthwick Timber Floors installed more than 1,250m² of Blackbutt solid strip flooring in three varying widths of 85mm, 108mm and 135mm, all laid in a recurring pattern from slim to wide in the galleries and surrounds.

BTF2 uniform profile boards were used for faster installation and a consistent finish. Machined to precision, the tongue and groove profile is consistent across board widths to allow the use of more than one width in the same application.

Clinton Borthwick from Borthwick Timber Floors noted that the high quality milling of the boards was an important part of achieving a well-laid floor. Emphasising that they only work with reputable suppliers who manufacture materials with high quality milling, he said this approach ensures they can complete flooring contracts on time and with a high standard of workmanship.

Borthwick added that they always specify, support and prioritise Australian timber over imported timber. Blackbutt solid strip flooring used in this application is a stable, hard-wearing and good looking species that is also easy to work with during installation.

In addition to solid strip flooring, Borthwick Timber Floors also installed approximately 300m² of mixed blonde and red eucalyptus parquetry in a basket weave pattern in the entry way to replace the existing flooring. Over 700m² of existing flooring was also re-sanded and polished.

The flooring project was recently nominated for the Australian Timber Flooring Association (AFTA) Floor of the Year Award.

Boral has achieved Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) chain of custody certification (AS 4707-2006) for its solid timber products. The AFS Scheme also has mutual recognition by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC), the world's largest forest management certifier.