As part of a $19.7 million redevelopment project, Hawthorn Town Hall in Melbourne has undergone a flooring refurbishment. Varying lengths of Boral Timber Australian hardwood solid strip flooring were used to create visual interest underfoot at the historic landmark and neighbourhood hub.
Peddle Thorp Architect Andrew Gordon oversaw the refurbishment. “We wanted the floor to be a stand-out feature and worked with Boral Timber to identify a solution that would allow us to incorporate a combination of timber boards to create texture and interest. We specified Blackbutt flooring for its hardness and character, which complemented the Town Hall’s existing heritage design.”
Borthwick Timber Floors installed more than 1,250 square metres of Blackbutt solid strip flooring. Three varying widths – 85mm, 108mm and 135mm – were laid in a recurring pattern from slim to wide in the galleries and surrounds.
BTF2 uniform profile boards were used for faster installation and a consistent finish. Machined to precision, the tongue and groove profile is consistent across board widths to allow the use of more than one width in the same application.
The boards’ high quality milling was integral to achieving a well-laid floor, according to Clinton Borthwick from Borthwick Timber Floors. “We only work with reputable suppliers who manufacture materials with high quality milling. This ensures we can complete flooring contracts on time and with a high standard of workmanship.”
By using Boral Timber Blackbutt timber flooring, Borthwick Timber Floors was able to deliver a beautiful and durable flooring solution, while supporting local manufacturers. Borthwick Timber Floors specify, support and prioritise Australian timber over imported timber and acknowlegde that Blackbutt solid strip flooring is a stable, hard wearing and good looking species that is easy to work with.
In addition to solid strip flooring, approximately 300 square metres of mixed blond and red eucalyptus parquetry was laid in a basket weave pattern in the entry way to replace existing flooring. Over 700 square metres of existing flooring was also re-sanded and polished.
The flooring project was recently nominated for the Australian Timber Flooring Association (AFTA) Floor of the Year Award.
Boral has achieved Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) chain of custody certification (AS 4707-2006) for its solid timber products. This means that the timber used to produce Boral Timber's solid hardwood flooring; decking and structural timber has been sourced from certified, legal and sustainably managed resources. The Australian Forestry Standard Scheme also has mutual recognition by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) - the world's largest forest management certifier.