Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Australia’s first two-storey integrated modular and flat pack built apartments built in Wandoan




Australia’s first two-storey integrated modular and flat pack built apartments built in Wandoan

15 April, 2013

Australia’s first ever two-storey integrated modular and flat pack built apartments, called the Wayfarers, are being made in Wandoan.
The Wayfarer is designed, manufactured and constructed by Pearls MiiHome, a rapid build housing solutions company based on the Gold Coast.
Taking five weeks to build, each Wayfarer will provide four, two and three bedroom apartments set over two levels.
The two level core of the building is a ready-built module comprising four kitchens and eight bathrooms, complete with all plumbing, electrical, air conditioning and appliances, and has been transported to the site by truck.
Once the module combination has been craned into place, one on top of the other, then the flatpack walls, floors, roof, decks and landings will be built around them.

Two apartment buildings are to be erected in main street of Wandoan in the heart of the Surat Basin. The apartments will be occupied by gas giant QGC as an extension of their current accommodation lease with Central Queensland Management Pty Ltd who operates a 170 room mining resort in Wandoan.
Pearls MiiHome CEO Mark Winfield said the Wayfarer had been specifically designed for the mining industry and remote areas.
“Living away from home does not mean you can’t live in style,” Mr Winfield said.
“We have the technology to produce accommodation that is high quality, low cost, energy efficient and can be tailored to local conditions.
Pearls MiiHome’s ‘MiiPanel’ system, an integrated steel panel with an interlocking structural joint for continuous floor and wall building, is a feature in the Wayfarer apartments. The steel panels have a bonded structural core containing various elements providing thermal, structural, acoustic, and fire resistant properties.
Mr Winfield said the construction of the Wayfarer also provided job opportunities for the Wandoan community.
“Our panel technology and rapid build system means that almost anyone can build and assemble our apartments – the requirement for skilled people in traditional construction is significantly reduced,” Mr Winfield said.
“The Wayfarer is being constructed almost entirely by local people,” he concluded.



Australia’s First Flat-Pack Apartment Building


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Australia has been inundated with flat-pack furniture and developed flat-pack water tanks, portable offices and shipping containers. Now the country is set to welcome its first flat-pack apartment building in Queensland.
Flat-pack building technology has garnered immense interest due to its speed to market and its efficiency thanks to the use of prefabricated materials.
The two-storey modular apartment building, dubbed the Wayfarers, will be located in Wandoan, a small regional town and one that is becoming renowned for supporting flat-pack buildings.
Earlier this year, the town also announced a new flat-pack local health clinic as part of its hospital.
The Wayfarers building will feature two, three and four-bedroom apartments and is expected to be completed in an amazing five weeks as opposed to the six months it would generally take to build such a project using traditional means.
Flat-pack buildings use a similar system to flat-pack furniture but on a larger scale.
Flat Pack Apartment China
Construction China’s Flat Pack T30 Tower. Image Source: Terminalu
Materials from floors to walls are prefabricated and are fitted in factories. The materials are then delivered to the work site and linked together.
The idea offers a prospective building alternative for housing and small buildings and is especially suitable for regional sites such as mining locations that have restrictive access.
The two-level core of the Wayfarers building – including its floors, walls, roof and decks – will be prefabricated in a Wandoan factory, as will the architectural elements that make up the building’s four kitchens and eight bathrooms.
All plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning and appliances will also be installed in the factory, delivered by truck and linked together on the building site.
The Wayfarer is designed, manufactured and constructed by Pearls MiiHome and will feature their innovative ‘MiiPanel’ integrated steel panel system for the building.
The durable panels interlock seamlessly and provide acoustic, thermal and fire resistant properties.
Renzo Piano Flat Pack Timber-Structure
Renzo Piano Flat Pack Timber-Structure. Image Source: Wired Magazine
“We have the technology to produce accommodation that is high quality, low cost, energy efficient and can be tailored to local conditions,” said Pearls MiiHome CEO Mark Winfield.
China Proposed Flat Pack Skyscraper
Sky City, China’s Proposed Flat Pack Skyscraper. Image Source: Responding to Climate Change
“Our panel technology and rapid build system means that almost anyone can build and assemble our apartments – the requirement for skilled people in traditional construction is significantly reduced.”
Flat-pack architecture has already made an impact around the world.
Late last year Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano replaced an auditorium which was destroyed by a 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, a city in Abruzzo, with a flat-pack venue.
The building was made using 1,165 cubic metres of wood, which was fabricated and installed on site. Timber is a popular form of prefabricated material for its durability and sustainable qualities.
Chinese firm Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) also recently completed a 30-storey tower in under three weeks prefabricating as many architectural components as possible.
Now, BSB Design is looking to develop a 220-storey Sky City tower project in Changsha in South Central China in as little as 90 days through flat-pack construction.
If approved, the building will become the tallest building in the world, overtaking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the largest flat-pack structure.
By Angela Fedele

Main Image: Wayfarers Flat Pack Building. Image Source: Architecture & Design


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Pearls MiiHome and GenerationOne Covenant Signing 100 Jobs

Pearls MiiHome and GenerationOne Covenant Signing 100 Jobs

Pearls MiiHome and GenerationOne Covenant Signing 100 Jobs

Gold Coast, Qld, 12th March 2013 -  On Tuesday 12th March 2013, Pearls MiiHome will be having a big event at their Research and Development Factory in Yatala.

Pearls MiiHome will join Australia’s largest demand led Indigenous employment campaign, by signing an Australian Employment Covenant, a GenerationOne initiative.

Pearls MiiHome will be making the commitment to play its role in ending the disparity in one generation through employment.

Kicking off at 10.00am, Pearls MiiHome CEO Mark Winfield will be signing an Employment Covenant with GenerationOne CEO Warren Mundine.

This will be the announcement of 100 jobs over the next year for the Gold Coast region to service current contracts.

At the covenant signing Mr Mundine said that he was thrilled that Pearls MiiHome were committed to providing real jobs, and only training jobseekers for those jobs. “Employment is the key to ending the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians”, he said. “Through pre-employment programs, on-the-job training and continued career support, employers like Pearls MiiHome are leading the way”.

“When employers make the commitment to Indigenous people, particularly long-term unemployed, it demonstrates the ground swell of support behind GenerationOne," said Mr Mundine.

Mr Winfield said, “Pearls MiiHome are expanding their workforce and will be placing these jobs at Yatala and at Coomera where there is a temporary factory of 9,000m2.

“These jobs are targeting Indigenous employees and already there is currently up to 150 jobs available through our alliance partner Mission Australia”

An Access Employment Program will be run by both Pearls MiiHome and Mission Australia, targeting a further 60 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander jobs.  The first recruitment day for this course will be held on Wednesday 13th March 2013, with further days planned for Beenleigh and Southport soon after.



For Further Media Information Contact :

Johanna Kerin- GenerationOne – Media Officer- 0425 835 566
Gary Oliver – Pearls MiiHome - 0405 723 648