There are several reasons why the Sydney-based multi-award winning design practice, Turner Studio specifies Hebel wall systems across their projects.
Hebel wall systems are well-known for their ease of construction, fire rating and excellent soundproofing qualities. However, several large architectural firms have their own reasons for specifying Hebel internally for major projects.
Turner Studio, for instance, appreciates the excellent Hebel technical support that ensures all the specified products meet requirements and regulations, with quick resolution of any complex issues. Additionally, Hebel products are well-understood by subcontractors, ensuring a smoother build. Also, the use of a concrete internal wall system that meets all fire rating and acoustic regulations is reassuring to sales agents, buyers and tenants, making an excellent selling point.
Turner Studio is a well-established design practice with an impressive range of projects valued at over $3 billion across diverse sectors including mixed-use hybrid buildings, retail, hospitality, adaptive re-use, transport infrastructure, health and research, sports facilities, industrial and residential.
Director Stephen Cox has provided design leadership on several pivotal projects including the multi-awarding-winning Washington Park Masterplan and Redevelopment, South Village Kirrawee, and an upcoming golf hotel, residential village and luxury 6-star resort and spa in the Illawarra.
“We regularly use Hebel wall systems in our projects, especially mixed-use and multi-residential developments. Projects of this nature have complex wall systems with many different types, each with its own specific needs, including fire rating, acoustic separation, and specific detailing requirements. Hebel is an excellent product with a comprehensive, tried and tested range of systems from which we can confidently select products,” Cox explained.
Cox also underlined the critical importance of the technical support his design team receives from Hebel.
“It’s vital that there is appropriate support from Hebel to ensure the products we are specifying are suitable; because of this support, we can stand behind our drawings and documentation and be sure the products are suitable for use and meet all certification requirements. Given the current media attention regarding building standards, we feel that confidence in the certification of products and systems will be an increasingly important issue for designers.”
Cox also considers Hebel's long history and extensive use in the Australian construction sector as a positive attribute.
“Hebel products are so well-known and so well-accepted that most of our subcontractors have used them before and understand them well. This is an important factor for us in ensuring that during construction, the project runs as smoothly as possible to meet timelines.”
This product confidence extends more broadly in the wider market.
“We have also found interest in the product more widely, for example, in multi-residential projects, sales agents and purchasers find reassurance in the Hebel concrete system in the important separation walls between apartments and common spaces. They have a strong preference to a concrete system like Hebel over alternative options.”