A $4m industrial development in Sydney’s north west will provide occupants with security and acoustic benefits due to the installation of CSR Gyprock’ s SecurityWall in 18 of its units. The product offers high acoustic resistance up to Rw61, exceeding current Building Code of Australia acoustic requirements and also meeting fire-rating requirements.

Project developers Maincon chose SecurityWall for stage two of the development of the Lane Cove business centre to minimise the use of tilt-up concrete walls where possible, and to enhance opportunities to combine adjacent units, while providing potential occupiers with security and acoustic separation from the adjoining units.

To combine adjacent units in stage 1, Maincon needed to cut holes in the concrete, requiring saw cutting to create concrete blocks that could be easily managed by hand. Maincon decided to avoid this process in stage 2 by choosing Gyprock SecurityWall which offered a more cost-effective process and also provided the future flexibility for the removal of walls if required, along with added security.

“Other alternatives, such as concrete blocks and bricks would have provided the necessary security and acoustic protection, but would have involved additional tradesmen on site,” says Richard Ahearn, Maincon project manager. “We also considered conventional insulated stud and plasterboard walls but thought there might be some buyer resistance from a perceived lack of security. Gyprock SecurityWall came highly recommended and provided the solution we required for stage 2.”

The steel sheets incorporated into the Gyprock SecurityWall system provide a simple and effective deterrent to intruder entry, while its lightweight and easily handled components also ensure the system is quick and simple to construct. Continuous steel profiles used to frame the structure elimimate the need for studs and also minimise the volume of materials required on-site.

Source: Building Products News.