Spantech is an Australian construction company with a unique construction system
Spantech is a privately owned Australian construction company established in 1984.
The company designs and constructs buildings using a number of rollformed construction panels and methodologies.
The system features a site roll-formed construction panel with wide-span capabilities and a unique connection method.
Spantech has two profile sizes: the original Woomera 300 profile can span up to 30 metres wide and the Pinkenba 370 profile, introduced in the year 2000, can span up to 40 metres wide. Both profiles can be used for curved roofs, pitched and skillion roofs, walls or permanent formwork.
In 2017 Spantech launched a brand new long-span roofing profile. The Longreach profile is available in a number of cover widths with a range of options. It has redefined the free-span roofing market. The Longreach profile can span between 12 and 18m. Cantilever eaves can be up to 5m wide.
Architects the freedom to explore innovative design knowing they have the support of the company that invented the profile.
Spantech services a number of industries including: Agriculture, Education, Defence, Industrial and Warehousing, Mining, Public infrastructure such as Airports and Railway Stations, Sport and Recreation and Water Reservoir Roofs.
Unique Design Solutions
The system was initially designed to economically store bulk grain and other agricultural produce. The early designs used the continuous curved panel to free-span between concrete footings to create a ground to ground building, or a modern frameless Nissen Hut style building.
Today the panel is more commonly used as a free-span curved roof with the panels supported by walls or columns.
As the inventors of the technology, Spantech has a vested interest in ensuring the continuous improvement of this unique system. The company has a strong culture of creativity. This is supported by a solid investment in research and development backed by extensive practical construction experience. This commitment to improvement provides direct benefits to clients.
For example, Spantech designed and constructed a number of 11,000t potato stores for McCain Foods at processing plants in Tasmania and Victoria. The buildings store potatoes for up to nine months with minimal loss or degradation. This was a key factor in McCain Foods securing the contract to provide French fries to McDonald’s and other major fast food chains in South East Asia.
Earth Covered Buildings for Defence
In 1991 Spantech constructed its first earth covered building to safely store explosives. The design created international headlines when a number of Spantech buildings were tested in a series of full-scale explosives trials at Woomera, South Australia. The Spantech Explosives Storehouses proved safer and more cost effective than alternatives. It saved the Australian Department of Defence millions of dollars on the first explosives depot project alone. The same construction technology is now applied to other types of hardened buildings such as Aircraft Shelters and underground Command Centres.
Spantech defence buildings are also constructed by appointed licensees in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. New Zealand projects are managed via the Australian head office.
How We Work
Spantech is a multidisciplinary construction company.
We contract as:
- Principal Contractor
- Nominated Subcontractor
Spantech offers a range of services from a full turn-key design and construction service to “supply and install, or “supply only” of our patented metal roofing profiles.
Our services are supported by comprehensive in-house design capabilities.
Our company is agile and flexible. We work collaboratively with our clients and tailor our services to suit the needs of our Clients and their projects.
Turn-Key Design and Construction Service
Spantech is a registered builder able to provide a full design and construction service. The company specialises in build projects which use one or more Spantech products. Spantech has the capabilities to deliver projects in excess of $30M. We design and construct turn-key projects in sectors as diverse as education, aquatic centres, agriculture, industrial buildings and Defence. In the Defence sector Spantech designs and constructs our flagship earth covered buildings (ECB) to ensure these specialised facilities meet stringent quality assurance and licensing requirements.
Supply and Install
Spantech’s highly experienced team can also install the roof, wall and formwork systems invented by the company. Spantech employs qualified Site Supervisors, Carpenters, Roofers, Riggers and Doggers each trained in the Spantech Construction System. Alternatively, our team can train your preferred roofing contractor or formwork contractor (as applicable) to install our products for you.
Spantech manufactures all of our unique wide-span or long-span metal profiles with one of Spantech’s specialised mobile rollforming machines. Profiles are normally manufactured on the construction site.
The company also manufactures key elements of our buildings at a large Gold Coast workshop:
- Structural steel fabrication
- Sheet metal fabrication of gutters, static vents, flashings and other complimentary components
- Blast doors and blast vents used in our Defence range of earth covered buildings.
This “supply only” service can be extended to “supply and install”.
Comprehensive Design Service
Our products are backed by a comprehensive design service. This service is available for buildings using one or more of the Spantech construction profiles:
- Concept designs for clients seeking finance or submitting grant applications
- In-house design assistance to Architects and Engineers specifying Spantech products
- Engineering design and certification of Spantech elements through our Consulting Engineers
- Workshop drawings of Spantech elements and components
- Full design of buildings featuring a Spantech roof, walls or formwork
Value for Money
Spantech products are premium quality. However, when correctly applied to wide-span commercial projects, Spantech products are a sound investment and excellent value for money.
- We manufacture our profiles on site to minimise transport and handling and reduce waste.
- Our wide-span roofing systems significantly reduce the total amount of structural steel in the project.
- Spantech construction systems are fast and very efficient to construct.
- Excellent quality assurance system.
Whole of Life
The quality of Spantech roofing profiles ensures they outlast conventional roofing systems with minimal maintenance. This ensures lower Whole of Life costs of a Spantech building.
- Spantech profiles are up to three times thicker than conventional roofing. This makes our profiles stronger, span further and most importantly, last longer than conventional roofing profiles.
- Conventional roofs are secured with fasteners penetrating through the profile. Each penetration is a potential cause of a leak or corrosion. All Spantech profiles connect together without fasteners. This maximises the effective life of our roofs.
- Our roofs require very little maintenance, significantly reducing the whole of life costs of Spantech buildings.
Estimates or Quotes
Contact Spantech for a budget estimate or fixed price quote for your next project.
The company is owned and managed by one of the company’s founding partners – Mr Dick Lucas, a respected Queensland builder with a wide range of practical international construction experience. Dick’s inventiveness, work ethic and honesty in business are cornerstones of the company.
Dick is supported in the business by his wife, two sons, and a team of highly skilled and experienced employees. A large percentage of the team have worked with Spantech for more than a decade, a few for significantly longer.
At Spantech we strive to go further to deliver more for our clients.