Kennedy’s timbers stand the test of time
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
When legendary Lang Park was reborn as Suncorp Stadium in 2003, Kennedy’s Classic Aged Timbers took centre stage in the contemporary blueprint.
Salvaged from the Howard Smith Naval Complex, over 45,000 lineal metres of Kennedy’s recycled Spotted Gum and Grey Ironbark was applied to the stadium’s extensive exterior.
Integral to the innovative design, this century old timber showcases an exceptional display of quality recycled building products.
Functional in purpose, the timber slats link together to create four massive screens suspended from the building’s facades.
Each batten was moulded with 3mm pencil round edges and the timber sawn, yet left uncoated, to achieve a natural, weathered grey appearance.
Providing a welcoming space, the timber screens also assist in reducing sunlight and glare from the immense glass curtain walls enclosing the upper level of the stadium.
Seven years on and Kennedy’s recycled timbers have settled into their new home with ease, style and splendour.
The richness of the 100 year old timber embraces a shared history of its own origin, united with the celebrated sporting site.
Today Suncorp Stadium is recognised as the most modern dedicated rugby stadium in Australia.
Kennedy’s, honoured to have contributed, congratulates the masters of the project; the architects, designers and government representatives for their commitment to green building materials, demonstrating the very best Queensland has to offer.
Cockle Bay Wharf Sydney
In 1998 Kennedy’s proudly took part in one of the largest commercial projects within Australia, incorporating recycled timber.
Cockle Bay Wharf, a part of Darling Park, is a 3.5ha site located along the shores of magnificent Darling Harbour.
Recommended by Mike Brown and the architctural team at Civil and Civic (now Bovis Lend Lease), Kennedy’s supplied masses of recycled, class one durability timber for the cutting edge project.
Demonstrating immense versatility, Kennedy’s timbers were applied to broad sections of the development including decking, cladding, flooring, stairs, doors, windows, shade structures, feature posts, beams and detailed joinery timber items.
Culminating in an inspiring display of architectural design, Cockle Bay Wharf remains one of the most notable commercial, retail and civic sites within Australia today.
With five cafes, four restaurants, three bars, two function centres and a nightclub, accompanied by an array of retail options, waterfront views, community art and relaxing gardens, Cockle Bay Wharf is a popular destination for Sydney locals and visitors.
And 12 years on, the timber has lived up to its promise; in character, colour and resilience.
Strolling along the idyllic decks of the wharf, it’s hard not to be impressed by the widespread use of the recycled timber, blending perfectly with its surrounding environment, whilst paying homage to it.