Big River Group supports 100-year-old A Shed redevelopment in Fremantle | ArchitectureAU

2022-06-16 15:22:44 By : Mr. Tommy Wu

In a first-of-its-kind transformation, ICS Australia has completed building works on a heritage-listed goods shed: the A Shed, located at Fremantle Ports in Western Australia. The 100-year-old warehouse was transformed by the state’s biggest brewer Gage Roads, with the $10 million conversion becoming its flagship microbrewery and an iconic destination in the city’s inner harbour.

Gage Roads Freo opened on January 20 2022 and operates as a brewery, restaurant and family-friendly venue with capacity for 1,500 patrons.

Occupying a total land area of more than 3,000 m², the dockside cargo shed takes full advantage of the building’s heritage features and frontage to the port. Refurbishment was undertaken to plans approved by Fremantle Ports in accordance with its heritage obligations. Fremantle Ports also provided guidance and assistance throughout the planning and build phases.

Industry leader Big River Group was chosen as the supplier of a vast range of formwork and building materials. With an operating history of over 110 years, Big River Group has established itself as a diverse manufacturer and distributor of timber and building products. It was able to offer a solution for the transformation, which included structural repairs to the shed’s timber frame and footings.

“We have supplied the project from the beginning of the build right through to the completion of the building phase in late 2021. We were able to supply cost-effective formwork products to the project through our engineered and dimensionally stable, LVL formwork and hardwearing formply Deckply and Armourform,” says Alex King, operations manager at the Big River Group’s Midland Timber and Prefab branch in Bellevue.

Further products that were supplied to assist in creating the durable skeleton of the redeveloped A Shed include Big River’s structural plywood products, Laminex Trade Essentials particleboard flooring, LVL13 structural beams, both BGC and CSR fibre-cement products, as well as internal pine framing solutions.

To assist in maintaining the original integrity of the 100-year-old structure, Big River Group locally sourced jarrah bushpoles, along with external pine framing and glulam beams. To further support the waterfront aesthetic, James Hardie Linea 180 mm fibre-cement weatherboards were supplied by the building solutions expert.

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Big River Group supports 100-year-old A Shed redevelopment in Fremantle

Big River Group supports 100-year-old A Shed redevelopment in Fremantle

Big River Group supports 100-year-old A Shed redevelopment in Fremantle

Big River Group supports 100-year-old A Shed redevelopment in Fremantle

Big River Group supports 100-year-old A Shed redevelopment in Fremantle

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