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