Located in Fortitude Valley in the heart of Brisbane, FV Gurner Apartments brought a breath of new life into this historically raw neighbourhood. Builder, Multiplex began Stage 1 of this $200m project in May 2015 and completed it in July 2017. Subcontractor, Precision Interior Walls & Ceilings enlisted Rondo’s expertise in designing the internal ceilings and partitions, external walls and soffit framing. Designed by Architect’s Elenberg Fraser, Stage 1 of the development consisted of 32 levels with 910 luxury apartments sprawled across two towers. This eventually formed part of three grand, residential towers incorporating ground floor retail areas, cafés, restaurants and over 1000 apartments in total. However, luxury does not come cheap and as expected the development did present some challenges to the cross-functional team of contractors, builders and Rondo as developments of this size often do.
This was mainly because of the innovative, yet complex shape and design of the structure and consequent wind load pressure associated with this. Nevertheless, using the skills of Precision Interior Walls & Ceilings and Rondo’s Technical knowledge, the team produced some clever solutions to resolve these issues. For instance, to overcome the wind pressure, Rondo’s Technical Services Team provided high pressure external soffit/wall designs that incorporated Top Hats, 150mm and 92mm Studs. Well done to Mick Thomson and the Precision Interior Walls & Ceilings Team, as well as Rondo’s Technical Team and Technical Representative, Ory Yaxley, for another outstanding project. Rondo have also been working with Tower 3 head contractor, ICON Construction, and relevant Architects/Engineers to provide project-specific solutions for the final instalment.