Prefabricated QwickBuild frames from Outdure were installed on the balconies of an aged care facility at a retirement village in Papamoa, New Zealand.

Designed by Sumich Chaplin architects, the Beach House is the centre-piece of the Pacific Coast Retirement Village and includes three large balconies. A major project challenge was to ensure a low height profile to achieve a flush finish between the interior and exterior floor levels. Additionally, the solution also had to meet compliance requirements for aged care facilities.

Prefabricated QwickBuild frames, with joists at 350mm centres for compliance loading, were installed over the concrete substrate. Vitex decking boards were sourced by the client.

Though C3 Construction had never worked with the QwickBuild system prior to this project, their site team was really happy with the straight and lightweight nature of the joists and bearers. The ability to use adjustable screw jacks rather than trying to rip down timber was noted as a huge advantage and a real timesaver.

QwickBuild totalling about 145 square metres was installed over the waterproof membrane on the balconies.