Introducing the Longreach series
STEA Architects designed, documented and administered the construction of the new Lord Howe Island Airport Terminal.
The terminal caters 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 was seeking a bold statement for the roof.
The roof had to be a wide-span aluminium roofing system to withstand the highly corrosive island environment. The supplier also had to meet the logistic challenges for the remote project. Panel length and weight limitations applied to all materials being shipped from the mainland. The design and installation had to account for the limited construction resources on the island.
STEA and Spantech had successfully collaborated on a number of challenging aviation projects in the past. So while they considered other roofing profiles, such as Aramax, STEA were confident Spantech could deliver.
Our Longreach Series (formerly called the W Series) in aluminium was nominated for the project. The ceiling is also made with the Longreach Series in perforated aluminium. Both were provided in the 650 mm cover width and manipulated on site to the required cover.
The Longreach Series proved more affordable than alternatives. The span characteristics were superior, particularly in aluminium, with 2.5 m cantilever eaves achieved. Spantech also assisted with the design and delivery of bespoke fittings and connections. Spantech’s unique ability to meet the construction deadline was a paramount consideration for STEA.