Dincel Construction System delivered a watertight solution to the
contractors building the new Charles Bank Crocodile Farm near Townsville.
Building a crocodile farm can be a complex job given that the breeding
enclosures need to be structurally secure as well as waterproof. Figurehead
Construction, the contractors charged with building the new Charles Bank
Crocodile Farm also had to navigate the challenges of a remote location as well
as select materials that would safeguard the health of the crocodiles.
Figurehead Construction chose Dincel Construction System, a lightweight,
waterproof modular formwork made from a durable ridged polymer, and designed to
click into position to quickly build structural walls and columns, filled with
ready mixed concrete on site.
Manufactured in Australia, the prefabricated formwork is suitable for both
above and below ground applications, and also offers watertight protection to
eliminate the need for an additional waterproofing membrane.
The contractors chose the Dincel formwork system for its adaptability,
resulting in easy handling and installation for the two on-site construction
workers, and a cost effective solution that also kept the project budget in
The Dincel Construction System delivered several advantages to Figurehead
Construction on the crocodile farm project. The remote off road location would
have caused access issues if precast concrete or concrete blocks had been
specified for the job as they are heavy to transport and cranes would have been
unable to navigate the terrain.
However, the lightweight Dincel Construction System could be delivered
easily, with the trucks able to come right up to the site.
Mark Semmens, Contract Administrator at Figurehead Construction said
that the Dincel system ticked all the boxes as far as product specifications
were concerned. Being lightweight, waterproof and easy to install, Dincel was
able to resolve all the challenges of the remote location.
The crocodile farm also required a solution proven to be suitable for
aquaculture, presenting no risk of toxins leaching into the water and impacting
the crocodiles’ health. Made from a PVC polymer that contains no heavy metals,
VOC or contaminates, Dincel was found to be the perfect system, backed by a CSIRO
confirmation that Dincel offered the best possible water quality, with volatile
matter 50 times better than the Green Star threshold.
Tested and approved by the CSIRO, Dincel Construction System is ideal
for basement walls, water tanks and swimming pools in subterranean applications,
providing waterproof, crack-free and joint-free walls that are also termite-resistant
Australian made and internationally patented, the Dincel Construction
System offers builders and developers up to 50 per cent faster construction
time and up to 43 per cent in cost saving as a load bearing engineering system.
The Dincel system was recently awarded the Best Environmental Practice
(BEP) Approval Mark after meeting the strict Green Building Council Best
Practice Guidelines for PVC.