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Knauf Brio Flooring System

Melbourne Trades Hall

Market SectorGovernment
CompletionFebraury 2019
DistributorMelbourne City PlastaMasta
Architect and Heritage ConsultantLovell Chen
ProductKnauf Brio Flooring System

Melbourne Trade Hall

The project

Melbourne’s Trades Hall is Australia’s oldest and largest trades hall, built in several stages from 1873-1926. It is a prominent Carlton landmark, and it continues to serve as a hub for union organisation.

The Trades Hall recently benefited from a grant of $10 million from the State Government of Victoria for essential conservation and activation works, and Multiplex, a leading global contractor, was appointed by the Trades Hall & Literary Institute to work on the Trades Hall Living Heritage Project.

The Trades Hall hosts a wide variety of tenants and events and the works will allow new spaces to be opened and accessed by the public.

The project is led by architect and heritage consultant Lovell Chen, and includes detailed conservation works such as specialist restoration of several of the main interiors, including those in the Old Council Chamber, and the New and Old Ballrooms.

The product

The Knauf Brio Flooring System was specified for the Melbourne Trades Hall project. It was installed around the lift shaft on several levels, and in the new council chamber gallery where several new offices are now being accommodated.

The Knauf Brio Flooring System is part of the Knauf Bespoke range of products imported from our overseas factories. The Knauf Bespoke range of internationally sourced products can provide the perfect solution when your project demands a unique approach, and of course you can rest assured that our imported products are covered by the Knauf Warranty when installed as part of a complete system.

Knauf Brio is a German engineered gypsum flooring panel with 60% recycled content, specially developed for use in new or refurbished residential and commercial buildings. It is a strong, lightweight and quickly-installed dry screed system.

Once installed, Brio creates a robust monolithic floor with a high density of 1100 kg/m3, thereby reducing impact and airborne sound transmission.

It is a wholly dry installation process, and doesn’t require additional specialist trades on site. The entire process can easily be completed by a competent tradesperson.

Knauf Brio is also highly suitable for underfloor heating, when required. It has a very high thermal conductivity (R = 0.38 W/mK), so heating response times are quicker than with traditional floor systems and energy use is reduced.

The results

Mr Andrew Harris from Harris Construction in Melbourne was contracted to install the Knauf Brio flooring system in the Melbourne Trades Hall, and he was more than happy with the functionality of the product and the end result of the job.

“The product requires careful handling, but once you get going it is really easy to install,” he said.

One of the best features of the product was the fact that it was so easy to use. “One man could do it, so there is a significant saving in labour costs,” he said.

Mr Harris said his experience with the Brio system now makes it his product of choice when it comes to flooring systems where a fire rating and an acoustic product are required. 

“I was extremely happy with it, and I will definitely use it again. It is a terrific product.”

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