10/07/2007 - 22:00

No big shed look here

10/07/2007 - 22:00

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The developers behind a new industrial warehouse project in Welshpool are hoping to break the ‘big shed’ look common to the sector by incorporating a new curved roof system from Spain in the design.

No big shed look here

The developers behind a new industrial warehouse project in Welshpool are hoping to break the ‘big shed’ look common to the sector by incorporating a new curved roof system from Spain in the design.

Currently under construction at Kathleen Street in Welshpool, the four-unit project has a clear-span roof that provides full height stacking or working space, unimpeded by beams or trusses.

Each unit is about 550 square metres in area with an unencumbered height of 10 metres.

Developer and Agtech International director Elizabeth Moir said she came across the system called ‘Wonder Roof’ while travelling in Spain last year and decided to build a prototype in Perth to gauge the market before starting Australian distribution.

Perth architect Ralph Drexel and engineer, Bill Smalley, collaborated with the manufacturer and the engineering school of Zaragosa in north-east Spain to adapt the concept for Australian use, she said.

“The roofs are fabricated in Spain to a wide variety of specifications and can be applied to many other types of buildings, including residential,” Ms Moir told WA Business News.

One unit at Welshpool has already pre-sold, while the other three are available for lease or sale.

Agent and Burgess Rawson managing director, Andrew McKerracher, said the extra roof space would be a good fit for tenants requiring more storage volume.

Mr McKerracher said there was scope to build a mezzanine to further increase storage or working area, subject to council approval.

Construction is expected to be completed in six weeks.

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