In the heart of Nunawading’s famous Golden Mile shopping precinct, gigantic polished concrete panels make an impressive entrance to a Mercedes Benz showroom.
The two panels, each measuring a sizable 10m x 2.8m x 200mm, feature alongside metal and glass to create a grandiose façade worthy of the luxury automotive brand.
Having previously working with Geocrete, Rossiter Constructions chose Paul Warner to undertake the difficult and unusual job of polishing the panels. This is the second time that Paul has worked on concrete panels, having polished a gravity defying concrete spiderweb at the headquarters of Ballarat Construction Management (BCM).
Working off-site, Paul deeply ground the concrete panels to a full stone exposure, revealing an aggregate of 90% basalt and 10% white quartz. The mix was set within a standard grey base with double black oxide finish, a luxurious combination chosen to complement the Mercedes logo. Paul then polished the panels to a lustrous high-gloss, before they were trucked 40km on-site and carefully erected by crane around the showroom’s front entrance.
The job called for precision from Paul, who used a hand grinder to work the perimeter of the panels to a 45-degree angle. A steady and skilled hand is required to maintain the consistent angle, and the end results speak for themselves.
Rossiter Constructions director Peter Colleluori was so impressed with Geocrete’s work that he has chosen Paul to polish the floors in his new home at Sorrento in the coming months.