Holden V6 Engine Plant, Melbourne, VIC
The Holden V6 Engine Plant Building is purpose built for the production and assembly of Holden V6 engines. The facility is a steel framed multi-bay portal structure consisting of 32,000m2 production area floor space, adjoining 2,000m2 administration office, 15,000m2 external hardstand area, & 10,000m2 soft landscaping.
Holden’s architectural brief required that the building be aesthetically pleasing and functional without being a pretentious architectural statement in design. A prime consideration was an optimum “whole of life cost” requiring 25 years as a minimum designed life.
Construction time was to be expedited by simplifying construction techniques. Construction costs were to be reduced by adopting precision engineered components, which were modular and easy to fabricate and erect. BHP steel, and roof & wall claddings in zincalume finish were our first choice.
The use of corrugated profiled zincalume wall cladding fixed vertically gives height to what is essentially a large looking squat building, and using a natural finish allows the building to sit comfortably in its industrial surroundings. This extraordinarily large building appears lightweight and floats above a black painted concrete dado pedestal.