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No boundaries for Parex

TWO Parex companies have combined forces to contribute to the success of a major development in honour of Her Majesty the Queen in Australia.

No boundaries for Parex

INTERNATIONAL co-operation between two Parex Group companies continents apart led to the securing of a prestigious waterfront contract named in honour of Queen Elizabeth which has opened in her 90th birthday year.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia features British Standard hard landscaping mortars developed by Parex UK, with technical support and training provided on site by sales and technical teams from ParexGroup Australia and the UK.

Spanning an area of approximately ten acres of prime riverfront land adjacent to the Swan River, the project includes 36,000 m2  of natural stone paving units, making it one of the largest paving construction projects in Australia at a total cost of 2.6billion Australian Dollars.

Parex Australia became involved after their Western Australia sales team discovered that the project Consulting Engineers - Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) were specifying the inclusion of natural stone setts and required a mortar system which would conform with the relevant parts of BS7533.

This led to contact between the Australians and their UK counterparts who were already manufacturing BS7533 compliant materials. The specific formulations for Parex FBC (Fine Bedding Concrete) and Parex Granatech, a slurry-applied high strength jointing mortar, were transferred between the two companies to allow local manufacture in Australia.

Parex materials were specified by WGE after construction of a small test area on site.

Both teams worked closely on the project with two members of the Parex UK technical team travelling to the Perth site to meet the construction team, WGE and the natural stone supplier and provide advice on product use, on-site training and compliance with BS7533. Subsequently, Parex Group Australia continued to support the site team with weekly site visits until the completion of the project.

The success of the Elizabeth Quay project has led to potential new contracts on other projects in  Australia where work compliant with BS7533 is required.