Australian steel tube and pipe manufacturer, Orrcon is featured at the Hills Homemaker Centre which opened for business in August 2007.
Orrcon products are used to support much of the centre’s external cladding and feature in an unusual architectural element.
Owned by Ticor Developments, the Hills Homemaker Centre is located northwest of Sydney in Castle Hill. Stage three houses major tenants such as Domayne, Toys R Us, Officeworks and NSW’s first Clive Anthony’s store, along with another 40 stores in 25,000 square metres of space.
Steel fabricator, Proline Steel, based in Padstow on the outskirts of Sydney, carried out a large component of the structural steel work, with Proline’s Eddie Younes.
While the job did not really present any difficulties Proline Steel depended on Orrcon to provide Proline with a range of RHS products in various sizes, gauges and lengths.
The centre’s primary construction method was precast tilt-up concrete slab. Much of the structural steel work that was fabricated and installed contains Orrcon’s RHS products which were attached to the concrete to support the centre’s external panel cladding.
In all, Proline Steel fabricated installed over 300 structural steel members – some 70 tonnes primarily made of RHS supplied by Orrcon.
The centre also contains an unusual steel architectural feature consisting of eight free standing decorative posts, 13 metres high, installed right outside the main entrance.
Once again Proline used Orrcon manufactured and supplied RHS galvanised to withstand the elements and then painted a vivid purple.
According to Orrcon, all the steel hollow sections products supplied by Orrcon to Proline Steel for the project were manufactured at its Brisbane structural mills and large pipe and tube mill in Wollongong.
The RHS products supplied by Orrcon were manufactured to comply with Australian Standard AS1163 structural steel hollow sections grade C350L0.