Building on this historic site in Mandurah included some specific issues related to the various decks required of WA Timber Decking.
The decking needed to be constructed following strict guidelines set down by the Heritage Council. The feature, heritage listed Morton Bay fig tree next to the decking was not to be damaged in any way. Detailed plans were supplied that were to be followed. The plans incorporated a number of natural sculptural elements that would encourage the pubic to use the area.
This meant the deck was also in an area open to all the elements and would be used on a daily basis by the general public. This meant it needed to withstand major wear and tear yet remain safe and present a low maintenance option to the developers and council.
The first major decision was the construction material. Due to the high wear and tear and the low maintenance requirements, a product called ‘Innowood’ was specified. Innowood is a composite material generated from recycled plastic and wood fibre. It looks like wood but presents a very low maintenance option. Innowood is used extensively in Commercial projects around Australia. It presents excellent structural integrity and uses a concealed fastening method. This means that loosening nails would never present a hazard to the public.
The other major benefit of the Innowood solution was its ability to withstand the harsh coastal conditions.
A deck was designed that would compliment the Morton Bay fig and encourage people to enjoy its shade.
A series of high rise apartments are still under construction which will also have two pool decks constructed using this material.