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Lord Howe Island Airport Terminal

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Introducing the Spantech W Series

Architects STEA were commissioned to design, document and administer the construction of a new airport terminal building.

The terminal is designed to cater for two simultaneous Dash 8 aircraft with a seating capacity of 30 passengers each. While only a relatively small building, the terminal provides an appropriate and unique gateway to this spectacular world heritage destination.

So STEA were seeking a bold statement for the roof. They considered similar roofing profiles, and although it was the first project to ever use the Spantech W Series, STEA were confident that Spantech could deliver as STEA had worked with Spantech on a number of other challenging aviation projects in the past.

Spantech was also one of the few suppliers willing and able to meet the logistical challenges of the project, namely the significant length and weight limitations on all materials being shipped from the mainland and the limited construction resources on the island.

Site Limitations

As the maximum panel length was just over 9m, Spantech devised a method to join the Spantech W Series panels while being cognisant of the limitations of remote area construction.
Spantech created a training video to help train the roofing plumbers and ensure the Spantech W Series panels were installed correctly and remain strong and waterproof.
The ceiling is also made with the Spantech W Series in perforated aluminium.

Light Weight Construction

The frame of the building is timber, much of it recycled. Spantech’s Engineer devised a method to fix the Spantech W Series panels securely to the timber beams with a series of pre-cut timber blocks and coach bolts. The solution is simple to build, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.

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