At the Seaside

Construction on a stunning new five star resort in northern New South Wales is coasting along, with help from BlueScope Lysaght. The new Peppers Salt Resort will offer the best of five star resort living combined with the relaxed seaside village lifestyle of the New South Wales' north coast. Opening in November 2005, the A$120 million resort will be part of the new Salt lifestyle development in Kingscliff on the NSW/Queensland border.

Fronting onto Kingscliff's unspoiled Ocean Beach, Peppers Salt Resort is built around a tranquil beach lagoon and network of spectacular waterways, rock pools and tropical gardens. Most of the 346 rooms and suites will boast spectacular lagoon, pool or ocean views with many of the ground floor rooms adjoining a network of secluded rock pools.

Leading construction firm, Barclay Mowlem, is undertaking the Peppers Salt project, from development approval, to design and construction, through to handover.

"Works include the construction of an underground carpark for all residents, conference facility, restaurant, reception and lobby area, porte cochere, extensive landscaping and numerous swimming pools," says Project Director, Jim O'Reilly.

The project involves the construction of nine low-rise buildings, each with reinforced concrete structure, timber roof trusses, and a spectacular roof in LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB®. One building contains 41 beach house units, another houses an exclusive Day Spa with 16 treatment rooms, and seven buildings form the Peppers Resort, comprising 165 beachside apartments.

Jim says that despite challenges, the project has progressed smoothly. "The major challenge on the project has been its size," he says. "It's currently the largest project in northern NSW, and obtaining the required manpower and resources has been challenging. However, the job has been very successful so far."

The resort has been designed to evoke a coastal feel, taking water as its central theme. The resort itself is built around a tropical beach lagoon and the network of waterways and rock pools weaving around the buildings has been designed to bring a sense of soothing calm.

Jim says that a particularly striking feature of the resort is the roof design. "Each roof is a complex design of intersecting pyramids, gables, and curves. The roofs will look quite spectacular when complete."

One of Queensland's largest roofing companies, KG Commerical Roofing, was contracted to provide the roofing package for the Peppers Salt Resort. "KG Commerical Roofing is Barclay Mowlem's preferred roofing contractor," explains Ben Kelly, Director of KG Commerical Roofing acting. "This is one of the biggest jobs we've ever worked on."

"We are providing the roofing from the top plate up, including timber trusses, cladding, roofing, gutters, downpipes and fascias."

About 23,000 square metres of LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB® made from COLORBOND® Ultra steel in colour Dune® was used for the Peppers Resort. Other LYSAGHT® products used include LYSAGHT TOPSPAN® battens, and LYSAGHT NOVALINE® fascia.

According to Ben, BlueScope Lysaght is his preferred supplier, largely due to great customer service and quality products. "The team at BlueScope Lysaght is very helpful. They get back to you, they deliver on time and they are good at what they do."

"Plus they have a great range of roofing products for just about any application, and it's all available from the one company. Smaller companies just can't match the product variety."

KG Commerical Roofing was also contracted by Barclay Mowlem to provide the roofing package for another of the Salt resorts, The Outrigger. The A$100 million beachfront Outrigger resort features 318 luxury units, underground car park, swimming pools, tennis courts, pavilions, and landscaped grounds. 21,000 square metres of LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB® made from COLORBOND® Ultra steel in colour Woodland Grey® was used for the Outrigger resort's roofing.

"Both jobs, the Outrigger and Peppers, have gone very smoothly," says Ben. "The roofing looks fantastic."