ARAMAX FreeSpan, a structural cladding system from Fielders Steel Roofing was specified for the new gymnasium at the William Clarke College in Kellyville, New South Wales. The $7-million redevelopment of the Kellyville college gymnasium was initiated to provide a suitable all-weather recreational facility for the school’s K-12 co-educational students.

Designed by Timothy Moon Architects and completed in 2014 by roofing contractor Axis Metal Roofing, the installation used 4,300 square metres of ARAMAX FreeSpan cladding along with 1.0mm G550 COLORBOND material.

ARAMAX FreeSpan was chosen as the combined roofing and ceiling solution for the gymnasium and associated outbuildings surrounding the facility as a key architectural feature of the complex. Architect Timothy Moon chose the material for both the interior and exterior thanks to the profile’s deep, expressive V-shaped aesthetic, which also had the ability to span large unsupported distances between steel portals.

Fielders supplied ARAMAX FreeSpan in two colours – Pale Eucalypt for the roof side and Surfmist on the underside, which acts as the ceiling within the gymnasium. The roofing material in 50-metre sheet lengths was rolled onsite at the school using the Fielders Mobile Mill, allowing timely and cost-effective supply of the material.

Fielders ARAMAX FreeSpan

The ARAMAX FreeSpan structural cladding system has a unique V-shaped roofing profile that is bigger, bolder and deeper than conventional steel cladding profiles available on the market. The product is manufactured in 800mm cover width as standard, with 700mm to 900mm cover widths available upon request.

Produced on a mobile roll-former, ARAMAX FreeSpan can be rolled onsite anywhere in the world, reducing construction time and improving project efficiencies. The cladding is recommended for a broad range of project applications including commercial buildings, residential houses, shade structures and commercial shelters.

Upon completion, the building was presented an award for excellence at the 2014 Metal Roofing and Cladding Association of Australia (MRCAA) awards for the impressive use of materials as a feature of the facility.