ProdEx timber veneer composite panels from SGI Architectural were installed on the facade of the new Grandstand at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. ProdEx is part of a range of exteriors from Prodema, combining a natural timber aesthetic with a low maintenance composite solution.

The redeveloped Grandstand required a facade that exuded contemporary elegance and timeless beauty while maintaining a visual connect with the surrounding heritage buildings. A specialist in unique architectural building envelopes, SGI supplied a 100% natural timber veneer composite panel from the Prodema ProdEx range.

Combining warmth, sophistication and natural charm with guaranteed performance and durability, ProdEx is an eco-friendly panel featuring a proprietary coating based on synthetic resins and PVDF that protects the facade from the effects of sunlight, chemical attack and damage caused by atmospheric agents.

Rod Pindar, Project Architect, Fitzpatrick + Partners explained that the cladding material for the rear elevation was an important part of the composition of this highly visible face of the building. Prodema ProdEx cladding was selected early in the design process as it combined a natural timber aesthetic in a durable and low-maintenance product.

He noted that the subtle colouration and visual texture of the panels gave the facade a softness which, when combined with concrete, aluminium and glass created a warm palette of materials with visual depth. Additionally, the choice of materials responds to the subconscious characteristics of horses and horse racing and ultimately helps to create an environment of comfort and social interaction.

SGI supplied the composite panels in ProdEx Pale colour.