CSR is Walking the Talk

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27 September 2012
CSR is Walking the Talk
Redeveloped - an old administrative building at the Gyprock™ Coopers Plains factory site in Brisbane.

CSR Building Products is walking the talk with the redevelopment of an old administrative building at the Gyprock™ Coopers Plains factory site in Brisbane. Built almost entirely with CSR’s own products and systems, the newly refurbished office building, originally constructed nearly 40 years ago, will house the administrative teams for CSR Lightweight Systems (Gyprock™ Plasterboard, Cemintel™ Fibre Cement & Ceilector™ Ceiling Solutions) and Bricks & Roofing (PGH™ & Monier™). The building showcases almost the entire CSR range, putting aesthetics and functionality to the test.

The refurbishment and fitout of the building, totalling approximately 760sqm, follows in the steps of the Sydney CSR Headquarters, known as Triniti 3, which was built in 2011 using CSR products. Queensland Regional General Manager, Finn Buckley, explained the brief for QLD was challenging.

“It was an essential requirement that the refurbishment was to accommodate as many staff as comfortably would fit, housing two different divisions of CSR in the one space, and incorporating as many CSR products as possible, demonstrating how these products can be applied in a composite design. Our idea was to showcase CSR products in a commercial office environment, somewhat akin to the CSR House concept in Schofields Sydney, but in this instance in a living, breathing, working functional office building,” Mr Buckley said.

The result is an amazing amalgamation of unique and diverse CSR products seamlessly incorporated into an integrated composite design that is not only modern and stylish, but very practical and functional.

Building Designer and Director of Plan.Vue in Queensland, Ms Allison Dotta leapt at the challenge of combining the innovative features and unique contributions of CSR products to create a building that would showcase the product qualities in the best light.

“The existing building had been unoccupied for a number of years and was in dire need of a complete refurbishment to make it usable again. We had to design a space to accommodate 58 staff members in different business units. Some spaces had to be located in close proximity to other spaces, for example, Despatch needed to be near Customer Service and located for easy access to truck deliveries, while Customer Service had to be positioned away from the main office area due to noise requirements.

“We did however have the added challenge of the existing IT/communications room which was to remain intact during the entire project as it services the entire Coopers Plains plant, equipment and computers 24 hours a day.”

Despite working with CSR products for many years, Ms Dotta was amazed to learn more about individual products such as Cemintel Designer Series™.

“The Cemintel Designer Series products were a stand out for us on this project as we had not seen these used in such large quantities and the way it was finished exceeded our expectations. We also used Cemintel BareStone™ on some of the feature walls. While seemingly a plain product on its own, BareStone became a prominent feature on the interior and exterior walls when combined with colour and textured products.

“In addition, the ability to use some of the external CSR products such as Designer Series and PGH Bricks on the internal walls opened up the possibility for some unique feature walls. We used PGH Megalong Valley Grey face bricks topped with Designer Series Slimline Slate, resulting in a striking feature wall for the boardroom,” Ms Dotta added.

Finn Buckley outlined the importance of selecting the right builder and designer to making sure the vision was achieved.

“We chose Precision Interior Wall & Ceilings as our builder, who were enormously helpful, working with us in partnership through some of the budget and design issues from day one. They had extensive knowledge of CSR systems and were able to advise us on some of the tricky installation issues to help achieve our vision.

“It was important to get the design right and enhance the working nature of the building. We had worked with Alison from Plan.Vue before and knew of her remarkable talent and foresight. There was always going to be an element of difficulty when designing an office that will be used for different purposes and house numerous staff from a range of businesses. I feel the design incorporating open plan as well as closed space for private meetings, reflects the direction and culture of the CSR business.

“We made sure we thought of everything and covered every small detail. For example, in our casual breakout area for staff, adjoined to a state-of-the-art fully functional kitchen, it doubles as a lunchroom and casual meeting area with booth seating equipped with power points for laptops.

“As each division has been relocated from its own premises, we wanted an office that allowed the businesses to function in their own space, yet offer a space that allows different departments and businesses to interact and collaborate, just as the CSR products do onsite,” said Mr Buckley.

The area dedicated to office cubicles highlights the use of CSR USG Silenz perforated panels, painted black as a feature wall while offering an acoustic benefit. The boardroom boasts an impressive display of lighting in ‘wave formations’ that contrasts with the rich colours of the PGH Megalong valley Grey and the dark slate colour of Slimline Designer Series.

In addition to Cemintel Designer Series, BareStone and PGH Bricks installed into the new office, the list of CSR products is extensive including: Cemintel ExpressWall, Gyprock EC08 Impact plasterboard, Viridian Glazing systems, Ceilector feature ceiling systems, Bradford partition batts, building wrap and roofing insulation, Rondo Quiet Studs, Ecophon Ceiling panels and a new Aluminium partition system soon to be released.

The building was officially opened in September 2012 by Managing Director of CSR, Mr Rob Sindel.

“The collaborative approach for the redevelopment saw the CSR teams working together towards a shared goal. The result was an aesthetic and highly functional working environment conducive to our culture. The new Queensland headquarters provides a great showcase of our products and systems and how they complement each other,” said Mr Sindel.


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