Uni-Base Board lightweight cladding from Unitex Granular Marble features on the new Kingsbury Gardens Apartments, which are part of the award-winning Springthorpe Estate.

Just minutes to LaTrobe University in Melbourne’s north, the development is sure to be a future hive of activity for students.

Central to the site is an existing Art Deco residential block, which was built around 1920. Surrounding and inter-connecting with the period structure are a series of brand new one and two bedroom apartments.

As with all student housing, cost effectiveness and durability are the key. As a bonus Uni-Base Board also offered developers, drive projects, unsurpassed external insulation when compared to brick or blockwork.

Construction of the external insulation cladding, installed by Multi-applicators (Vic), was ideal as each of the standard size 2400mm x 1200mm panels were fitted into aluminium channels.

A specially formulated low build render was applied and finished with a cement coloured smooth texture, leaving the highlight channels exposed. Manufactured by Unitex Granular Marble, Uni-Base Board gives these apartments a solid blockwork look at a fraction of the cost.