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Special projects require a special touch. This is exactly why USG Boral was approached to supply custom-routed rebated ceilings for high-end Jewel Residences on the Gold Coast.
Located on Old Burleigh Road in Broadbeach, Jewel Residences is a three-tower development by Multiplex that comprises a three-level podium and six-star hotel with 171 suites and 512 one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments.
The development will also include luxury retail tenancies, business amenities, resort-style swimming pools, private bars, and a range of casual and fine-dining restaurants.
A unique design presented a challenge
Contractor Superior Walls and Ceilings was tasked with the job of fitting out one of the three towers at Jewel Residences, along with three levels of underground basements and three levels of podiums.
One interesting challenge posed to Superior Walls and Ceilings was the architect-specified design of the apartment – a “guitar pick” shape was to be rebated into the ceiling. Using standard plasterboard was out of the question as it would take too much time and costs to achieve. Alternative plastering methods of achieving the rebated ceiling were simply not feasible for the 250 or so apartments they had to complete in that block.
Fiberock – Not your standard lining panel
USG Boral’s Fiberock was put forward as the ideal product for the task at hand. It’s capable of being ‘routed’ to achieve the desired design feature without the otherwise substantial labour and finishing costs.
Fiberock also has a rigid surface and consistent core – making it suitable for surface routing. “With Fiberock we are able to put it on a computer system have it routed, it comes up with a perfect edge, it’s consistent and a finish that they need,” says USG Boral commercial rep Michael Pankowski.