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Icon benefits from state-of-the-art plasterboard

Patented Sheetrock Brand Plasterboard from USG Boral was selected as an effective ceiling solution for the plasterboard margin area and around the lift cores on 34 floors of 480 Queen Street, Brisbane, an iconic building in the heart of the Queensland capital.

USG Boral’s newest engineered lightweight gypsum alternative to its Standard 13mm plasterboard, Sheetrock Brand Plasterboard (a registered trademark) has been supplied to the 480 Queen Street project in quantities totalling around 30,000 square metres, with USG Boral working closely with Northern Australian Contracting (NAC) and Grocon, the head contractor for the project.

“The key issues for us as the head contractor when selecting materials for use on site include: safety; cost; time; speed of installation and availability of product; ease of handling/ transporting to site and while on-site; and environmental benefits of products as the project is chasing a 6 Star Greenstar as-built rating,” said Grocon Assistant Project Manager, Cameron Starkey.

“USG Boral’s Sheetrock plasterboard should provide us with increased productivity due to the fact it is about 15% lighter than USG Boral’s regular plasterboard. This assists in delivering the product to the various locations within the building, the time it takes to install product and the distribution of material loads in both a stored and fixed scenario,” said Starkey.

“This will be one of Brisbane’s finest buildings. Our core values of sustainability, innovation, community and safety live in the innovative design of 480 Queen Street and will underpin the construction program,” commented Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo.