Dincel The Key To success For Complex Bronte Project
Located in the eastern Sydney suburb of Bronte, the house sits on a large sloping block.
Given its location near the beach, the block is fairly sandy and is only accessible via
narrow local streets.
“The site itself is very complex. The substructure and external works are extensive,
and they actually represent 50 per cent of the costs,” said Andrew, who was recently
named Master Builder of the Year.
Taking these factors, as well as a tight deadline
of just over a year into account, he decided that
innovative structural formwork system, Dincel
was a must for the job. He realised that, by
using this product, it would be possible for the
whole job to be completed by one team of three
“Dincel simplifies the installation process to
a huge degree. We could never have achieved
what we did if we were using a conventional
bricklaying crew, reinforcing crew, carpenters
and labourers to do footings and the all
“We’ve used Dincel 110mm on the basement
columns and walls and 155mm and 200mm on
all external works, retaining walls, the water
tanks, all the landscape walls and all the walls
to the boundaries of the property.”
Waterproofing was also an important
consideration. “We’ve got two underground
tanks on the site, both of which are made out of
the 200mm Dincel. They each have a 50,000 litre
capacity, which is actually bigger than the pool
onsite,” said Andrew.
Dincel simplifies the waterproofing process.
Both the system’s polymer skin and the panel
joints are impervious to water. Therefore, there
is no need to apply a waterproofing membrane
on the wall surfaces. The only places that do require treatment are any junctions, including the wall to the footing / slab.
“We’ve used Dincel without any membrane
installed on the tanks and also the retaining
walls and the garden landscape walls…They
are all waterproof, and we’ve had no problem at
all,” said Andrew.
In addition, the garden landscape walls needed
to be cladded with sandstone veneer. Again,
said Andrew, Dincel handled this requirement
without a problem. He emphasized the fact that
the company was quick to offer the support
he needed to ensure the veneer was applied
correctly and securely
“They talked us through the process and gave
us all the products that are warranted with
Dincel, particularly the render and the glues”
he said. “It was such a success that, after gluing
the sandstone veneer to the Dincel, the only way
we could remove it was to jack hammer it off!”
Concluding, Andrew not only said he was
delighted with Dincel, but that it was integral
to the project’s successful completion. All up
it took just 13 months, compared to the two to
three years he estimated it would have taken
“We couldn’t have done it without Dincel.
It’s as simple as that,” he said.