Project Profile - Prefabricated Concrete for the Song School, J Woodside Consulting and SA Precast
Project Profile - Prefabricated Concrete for the Song School, J Woodside Consulting and SA Precast23 Nov 2017

The Institute is very pleased to introduce our final project profile, and winner of both the Commercial Buildings project category and the Kevin Cavanagh Trophy for outstanding excellence in concrete – Prefabricated Concrete for the Song School by J Woodside Consulting and SA Precast!


















The Song School is a two-storey concrete building, designed by Palassis Architects for the choirs of St George’s Cathedral and the Anglican Diocese of Perth. The building is partly underground to minimise the footprint and maintain existing sightlines.


















The lower floor included prefabricated concrete curved beams internally together with an exposed prefabricated concrete external wall at the Eastern end, with vertical slots and glazed to provide light into the lower area.


















From the lower level, a series of U-shaped prefabricated columns support a series of prefabricated concrete vaulted arches at the first floor which forms a colonnade with access from the lower level to the upper level. On top of the vaulted units, there are two curved and sloping prefabricated concrete spires.


















The prefabricated concrete elements for the Song School at the St George’s Cathedral are made with a white concrete with an off form sandblasted finish. They represent excellence in prefabricated concrete and ability to achieve the shape and form that the architect has specified.


















SA Precast and J Woodside Consulting combined to produce a workable solution to the architect’s concept and in its final shape and form and erection has been admired by all involved.





































As the documentation had to be significantly changed there was considerable input into details and connections to achieve a workable solution. This also included bracing of the precast elements on the site.


















There is no doubt this project has pushed the boundaries of precast concrete, and we look forward to seeing more projects from SA Precast and J Woodside Consulting!