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DECKFORM Wollongong Central Press Kit

  1. LIGHT-DISPERSING TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES PERMANENT FORMWORK
  2. $200 MILLION PROJECT FIRST TO FEATURE SAFER STEEL FORMWORK
  3. THE GPT GROUP AND BLUESCOPE CELEBRATE A SIGNIFICANT PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ILLAWARRA REGION
  4. OUTSTANDING DEMAND FOR NEW COLORBOND STEEL AND ZINCALUME STEEL

LIGHT-DISPERSING TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES PERMANENT FORMWORK


BlueScope's commitment to improving building products has most recently been demonstrated by the introduction of a proprietary resin coating that reduces the reflected glare of its DECKFORM steel used in structural steel decking.

Internal testing conducted by BlueScope indicates that LGC DECKFORM steel can reduce the amount of reflected UV light to less than 15 per cent of ambient levels, which is comparable to the six per cent achieved by plywood formwork.

Product development portfolio leader - Commercial and Industrial, Andrew Collins, said the substantial reduction in reflected glare had a multitude of benefits.

"Foremost, it's a safer and healthier material to work with compared to standard galvanised steel decking. Glare is a safety risk for formworkers because of its potential to impair vision and disorient.

"By reducing the amount of reflected glare you reduce the comparable amount of heat and UV radiation. Another tangible safety benefit for formworkers is that the resin coating reduces the potential for slip when walking on-site."

BlueScope invested more than three years and $300,000 to ensure that Low-Glare Coated (LGC) DECKFORM steel would meet or exceed the in-situ performance of galvanised DECKFORM steel.

"We embarked on extensive internal and independent testing that verified the product's performance in a number of key categories covering glare reflectance, surface friction, chemical bonding with concrete, shear stud welding, coating preservation and fire retardation.

"Obviously, the primary focus was assessing glare reflectance. There is no accepted measure of glare nor standards that define acceptable working limits. We discovered a relationship between specular gloss and real-world conditions. Gloss was then used as our standard measure for reflected glare, which was as important for assessing product quality on the production line as for on-site applications."

BlueScope engaged independent testing for two critical performance areas expected of all permanent formwork: concrete bonding and shear stud welding.

"A strong chemical bond with concrete is essential for structural slabs so we were pleased that the independent testing performed by NATA-accredited body Melbourne Testing Services confirmed that the low-glare coating does not compromise structural integrity," Mr Collins said.

"It was also crucial to ensure that shear studs could be adequately welded through LGC DECKFORM steel into steel beams. We partnered with one of Australia's biggest stud-welding companies to confirm that the low-glare resin can be readily welded and that a uniform weld flash can be achieved around the base of a steel stud."

BlueScope also engaged with the team at Advanced Technology Testing and Research (ATTAR), which is also an independent NATA-accredited testing body based in Melbourne, to measure LGC DECKFORM steel's slip resistance. The results placed LGC DECKFORM steel in the same slip-resistance class as plywood formwork (Class X, AS4586:2004).

Having been launched in July 2013, LGC DECKFORM steel is already making strong market headway.

Marketing manager - Building Markets, Ashley Whitter, said: "Sales for LGC DECKFORM steel have exceeded our expectations. We're encouraged that its many benefits are being so readily embraced."

For more BlueScope building products information go to steel.com.au

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$200 MILLION PROJECT FIRST TO FEATURE SAFER STEEL FORMWORK


The GPT Group's expansion of the Wollongong Central shopping complex is the first project in the country to use BlueScope's innovative new structural steel decking product.

BlueScope spent more than three years and $300,000 to develop a proprietary light-dispersing resin coating that reduces the reflected glare of its DECKFORM steel coil, which is roll-formed into profiles used as permanent formwork.

Steel decking products used for concrete formwork are referred to as permanent because, unlike plywood, they are not removed once the concrete has cured. They therefore also provide tensile reinforcement - combining with concrete's compressive strength for an all-round stronger slab.

BlueScope marketing manager - Building Markets, Ashley Whitter, said Low-Glare Coated (LGC) DECKFORM steel is a safer and healthier material to work with compared to standard galvanised steel decking.

"By reducing reflected glare you are improving the safety outcome, because there's less potential for glare to affect formworkers' vision and orientation," Mr Whitter said.

"UV radiation and heat is also reduced compared to standard DECKFORM steel. An added safety benefit of the low-glare coating is that it reduces slip potential when walking on it."
Over 30,000 square metres of the recently launched LGC DECKFORM steel has been used in the Wollongong Central project - the first time in any commercial project.

GPT Group Wollongong Central development manager Steven Turner said GPT's decision to use the product is part of a partnership strategy designed to foster a long-term relationship and maximise economic and social outcomes for the local region.

"Often a developer/suppler relationship is merely transactional, but in the case of this project we sought to cultivate a close partnership with BlueScope with the aim of ongoing outcomes for the Illawarra. Wherever possible, we have used products made locally by BlueScope."

BlueScope has also supplied structural steel for the project's $200 million expansion, which will create 19,000 square metres of retail space. Steel members for the roofing and wall structures - and also additional floor structure - are used throughout. Over 1500 lineal metres of Z&C purlins and girts made from GALVASPAN steel help form the project's skeleton.

BlueScope products also adorn Wollongong Central's exterior. Over 2000 metres of HA250 XLERPLATE LITE steel has been cut to form 750 decorative blades for the project's southern facade. These are finished in iron oxide-style paint.

A further 900 square metres of the same BlueScope plate product is used to form external skirting and sills, and window frames.

BlueScope senior technical advisor - Sustainability, Nicole Sullivan, said the exterior steel cladding has the added advantage of being slated for future re-use. "With BlueScope recycling around half a million tonnes of steel per annum, the end-of-life fate of the steel is clearly an important consideration for us," said Ms Sullivan.

"All steel is 100 per cent recyclable, but because this product was selected with Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) in mind and as part of current Green Star requirements, each individual sheet is coded to ensure the steel can be easily assessed for future re-use."

The coding also allows for easy blade replacement in the future, should it be required.

LGC DECKFORM steel remains the project's 'hero' steel product.

Certainly, the formworkers who used it day-in and day-out during the project's construction appreciated its unique advantages.

BKH Group Contractors Supervisor Joe Pavlovic said Fielders Kingflor steel formwork was specified for the job and that his crew preferred working with the low-glare product.

"The guys prefer it because it's much easier on the eyes and it's more comfortable to work on - especially on hot days. Also, they're not working on a leading edge when they tie the steel - like when using ply - so it's safer."

Mr Pavlovic said Kingflor steel formwork was simply craned onto site in bundles as required. "We tell them what we want and it arrives on site within 48 hours, cut exactly to spec' so there's less wastage on site."

Hansen Yuncken project manager Sturt Hodgson agreed that the project formworkers preferred the low-glare product. "They let us know if a product is unsuitable," Mr Hodgson said. "Their feedback has been good. They're impressed with how light it is to handle, how quickly it goes down and by the lack of defects on the slab's underside compared with plywood - which can allow concrete leaks at the joins."

Mr Hodgson said speed-of-construction was another key consideration in specifying the Kingflor steel formwork. "You save a lot of time because you don't have to strip steel decking once the concrete is formed. Also, it's quicker to lay because you can run longer spans than with plywood, which tops out at 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres.

"The Kingflor KF57 composite steel formwork we specified for the job is three metres wide. The span lengths depend on variables such as base metal thickness and depth-of-slab but you can usually run spans of four-to-five metres unpropped. Across this job, we had beam centres at 8.7-metre intervals and the spans running from beam edge to beam edge, so the average span length was about eight metres."

Mr Hodgson said compliance is always a consideration for project managers. "You have to be sure that the building products you specify meet requirements. The quality of the DECKFORM steel product doesn't vary and it doesn't degrade. Working with BlueScope products removes any doubt about compliance issues because you know it's already certified to meet Australian Standards, which gives us peace-of-mind."

BlueScope manager - Coatings and Product Technology, Sean Wong, said the partnership with GPT has proven enormously successful.

"BlueScope is proud to have partnered with GPT on this local project. It's rare for many of our people who work at the Port Kembla Steelworks to see the application of the steel they make in a building so close to home," said Mr Wong.

"After many years of work on the Wollongong Central project with GPT, BlueScope is happy to reach a milestone for this iconic building, which will serve as a vibrant retail hub for the community.

"We hope to see GPT's commendable approach to engaging local Australian manufacturers repeated in other projects," Mr Wong said.

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THE GPT GROUP AND BLUESCOPE CELEBRATE A SIGNIFICANT PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ILLAWARRA REGION


The GPT Group and BlueScope formally announced the full extent of the partnership the two organisations have formed over the past three years at a special event and site tour held at the Wollongong Central site today.

The event, attended by executives and key stakeholders from both organisations as well as Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Cr Gordon Bradbury, was an opportunity to celebrate the close affiliation the two companies have cultivated for almost three years - and to make it publicly known to the residents of the Illawarra.

The GPT Group's head of development, retail and major projects Anthony McNulty said "at the outset of this project, The GPT Group recognised the importance of establishing a close partnership with BlueScope to maximise social and economic outcomes for the region during the development of the new Wollongong Central. We also wanted to clearly reflect the region's intrinsic connection with the steel works when shaping the new urban landscape of the Wollongong CBD.

"Over and above delivering a vibrant new retail destination for the Illawarra, The GPT Group is excited about being part of the growth story for the region through cultivating long-term partnerships with local businesses and stakeholders.

"The BlueScope partnership is a great example of this, where the two organisations, along with the project builder, Hansen Yuncken, have worked collaboratively to realise opportunities within the design and procurement processes that only eventuate with strong communication channels in place," Mr McNulty added.

Construction of the $200 million expansion of GPT's Wollongong Central has entered its final stages and once complete will deliver 19,000 square metres of new retail space to the Wollongong CBD, over three levels with an opening date targeted for late-2014.

A three-year commitment comes to fruition
According to The GPT Group's Anthony McNulty, both organisations have collaborated and managed to deliver on the commitment signalled in early 2012.

"At the outset of announcing our plans for Wollongong Central, we challenged ourselves to not only use BlueScope products, but the use materials in an innovative way.

"I'm pleased to say that more than two years later, we have honoured this commitment and the new centre showcases not only an extensive range of existing BlueScope products, but an Australian first innovation from BlueScope which was fast-tracked through the collaboration process," Mr McNulty announced.

BlueScope products play crucial role in new centre
The Wollongong Central expansion is the first commercial project in Australia to make use of an innovative new structural steel decking product, Low-Glare Coated (LGC) DECKFORM steel. BlueScope spent more than three years and $300,000 in research and development to create a proprietary light-dispersing resin coating that reduces reflective glare. Over 30,000 square metres of LGC DECKFORM steel has been used in the Wollongong Central project.

In addition, BlueScope has also supplied crucial structural steel to support the 19,000 square metres of retail space for the new centre. More than 1500 lineal metres of Z&C purlins and girts made from GALVASPAN steel help form the new centre's skeleton.

Furthermore, Illawarra locals will soon see how BlueScope products form a key role in the Wollongong Central exterior, with over 2000 metres of HA250 XLERPLATE LITE steel cut to form the centre's distinctive blade facade. The 750 blades are set to be finished in distinctive iron oxide-style paint. A further 900 square metres of the same product will be used to form external skirting and window sills and frames.

Manager Product Innovation and Technology, Sean Wong, said BlueScope is proud to have partnered on a project that celebrates the significant contribution both companies have made to the Illawarra region.

"BlueScope is grateful to have had the opportunity to work closely with GPT and principal builders Hansen Yuncken on this project, and in doing so, showcase the application of some of our iconic steel products and key product innovations, such as LGC DECKFORM steel.

"For many who work at the Port Kembla steelworks, it is rare to see such a prominent application of the steel they help make in a building close to home. We hope to see GPT's commendable approach to engaging local Australian manufacturers repeated in other projects," added Mr Wong.

When complete later this year The GPT Group's $200 million expansion of Wollongong Central will include over 80 new stores of fashion, lifestyle, fresh food and casual dining options over three levels, bringing the total number of stores to over 220. The centre will be an exciting new retail experience and will form part of a distinct cultural hub for the city and the people of the Illawarra.

The emphasis for the new Wollongong Central is on reflecting the quality, diversity and culture of the region to attract both local residents and visitors to come and experience all of the fantastic attributes the Illawarra has to offer.

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Editors notes:

About The GPT Group
The GPT Group is one of Australia's largest diversified listed property groups, which through proactive management creates great customer experiences. The business is focused on high quality Australian real estate in the retail, office and logistics and business park sectors, as well as the ownership, management and development of quality Australian real estate that lasts, that is distinctive and that becomes part of people's lives.

GPT's Retail Portfolio includes interests in 17 shopping centres, including some of the best performing centres in Australia.

About Wollongong Central
The GPT Group's Wollongong Central is currently undergoing a $200 million expansion. The development will deliver a vibrant new retail experience for the Illawarra of over 19,000 square metres of retail space, 80 news stores of fashion, lifestyle, fresh food, and casual dining options over three levels, bringing the total number of stores to over 220. The centre will also bring to life Wollongong CBD's first full-range Coles supermarket and 650 new car spaces to the existing centre via two pedestrian walkways, offering convenience for shoppers and transforming the face of the CBD. Throughout the duration of the expansion, over 7,500 workers will spend more than 1.5 million man-hours bringing to life the vibrant new centre, which proudly reflects the rich culture and natural beauty of the Illawarra. An opening date of late-2014 is targeted.

About BlueScope
Since 1915 the steel industry has been an essential part of Australia and its economy. BlueScope's heritage traces back to the very beginning. Our history has always been in steelmaking - but the future lies in selling Australian innovation, technology and expertise to the booming Asian and global growth markets.

BlueScope's business has been built on the strength of our global partnerships, global networks and global brands. Our track record of successful global partnerships enables us to prosper in widely diverse markets. In India, we have established a joint venture with the highly respected Tata conglomerate, and a joint venture in Saudi Arabia is opening new opportunities in that expanding market. In North America, our 50:50 North Star BlueScope Steel joint venture with Cargill continues to perform strongly, and our joint venture with Nippon Steel - NS BlueScope Coated Products - will open exciting new markets and opportunities in Asia.

Equally important are our successful partnerships with our customers. Many of our customers are Fortune 500 companies, and we can help them realise significant savings in the total cost of their buildings by reducing construction schedules.

Our global networks are another great BlueScope strength, with more than 100 facilities in 17 countries, employing over 16,000 people serving thousands of customers.

Our strong partnerships and networks are built on BlueScope's great product brands, such as COLORBOND steel, Clean COLORBOND steel and ZINCALUME steel, LYSAGHT steel building products, and Butler and Varco Pruden custom engineered buildings.

About LGC DECKFORM steel
BlueScope's commitment to improving building products has most recently been demonstrated by the introduction of a proprietary resin coating that reduces the reflected glare of its DECKFORM steel used in structural steel decking.

Internal testing conducted by BlueScope indicates that LGC DECKFORM steel can reduce the amount of reflected UV light to less than 15 per cent of ambient levels, which is comparable to the six per cent achieved by plywood formwork.

The substantial reduction in reflected glare has a multitude of benefits. Foremost, it is a safer and healthier material to work with compared to standard galvanised steel decking.
Glare is a safety risk for formworkers because of its potential to impair vision and disorient. Reducing reflected glare reduces a comparable amount of heat and UV radiation, improving the safety outcome.

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OUTSTANDING DEMAND FOR NEW COLORBOND® STEEL AND ZINCALUME® STEEL


The launch of BlueScope's new hero building products, next generation ZINCALUME steel and COLORBOND steel has resulted in a profound shift in market demand patterns.

Demand in the first quarter of 2014 has been far more weighted towards BlueScope Steel's locally manufactured products.

The products both feature BlueScope's new Activate technology which makes them more resistant to corrosion when drilled, cut or scratched, thereby prolonging their lifespan compared with previous-generation equivalents.

Developed over 17 years, a magnesium compound impregnated into the zinc and aluminium metallic coating composition causes the aluminium in the coating to more actively protect exposed areas of the base steel.

BlueScope national business development manager John Rosette said this improved corrosion-resistance has enabled BlueScope to increase the warranty period for new COLORBOND steel in most applications.*

"Activate technology used in our next generation ZINCALUME steel and new COLORBOND steel has set a new industry benchmark while creating a shift towards our Australian-made products and away from imported steel," Mr Rosette said.

"Acceptance by BlueScope's direct sales channels has been a major measure of success," Mr Rosette said. "Importantly, the new product's properties have opened markets which were previously not recognised by architects, specifiers and builders."

BlueScope introduced its next generation ZINCALUME steel in August 2013 and the next generation of COLORBOND steel with an expanded colour pallet in October 2013.

Activate technology meets or exceeds building standards and has been included in the National Construction Code (NCC) and referenced by Australian Standards. The inclusion has reduced compliance risks and assisted customers with swift passage of building approvals.

Mr Rosette said next generation ZINCALUME steel and the new COLORBOND steel has brought practical benefits to builders and created fresh opportunities for construction.

"There is far more opportunity for use in applications where, previously, metal perforation or cut edges would cause corrosion and remain a concern for products without the resistant properties of Activate technology," he said.

"While next generation ZINCALUME steel and new COLORBOND steel should be handled carefully on site, they do offer an extra level of protection when exposed to some handling and storage practices."

BlueScope undertook the most rigorous testing program in its history to verify COLORBOND steel's paint colour durability compared with its previous-generation product.

Basalt, Wallaby, Gully, Cove, Mangrove and Terrain have brought the product's colour pallet to a total of 22. All colours have demonstrably better gloss retention than previously. A four-year outdoor exposure test at Rockhampton, Queensland, found a nine per cent improvement in gloss retention in the colour Surfmist compared to the previous product.

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*Warranty subject to application and eligibility criteria. For full terms and conditions and to determine the eligibility of your building for the warranty visit bluescopesteel.com.au/warranties or call BlueScope Steel on 1800 064 384.

COLORBOND, BlueScope, the BlueScope brand mark and colour names are registered trademarks of BlueScope Steel Limited. Colour names are trademarks of BlueScope Steel Limited. 2013 BlueScope Steel Limited ABN 16 000 011 058. All rights reserved.

For more BlueScope building products information go to steel.com.au

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