Coles Mt Gambier
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Retail Centres

Originally quoted for aluminium solutions, the new Coles Mount Gambier soon became an opportunity to showcase the span and strength of the Xbeam solution. The roof structure had been designed almost to its practical loading limits, and it wasn’t possible to load up the portal, so our client had two options: invest in further costly steel work to improve the load bearing of the roof itself, or go for a lighter platform solution with broader span capabilities. That’s where the Xbeam came in.

What Coles needed was a portal mount system that was custom designed to load off specific, wide-set points. We developed an Xbeam solution that utilised support legs on the furthest points of the building, achieving a span of over 9m x 9m and loading the relatively light weight of the Xbeam platform safely over the strongest points.

When it came to fitting the Xbeam, the side of the building where the platform was to sit had limited space. Our solution? Build the platform on the other side where there was more space, and crane it in two parts across the building where it could be easily assembled on the roof. What might have been a three-day job of assembly and fitting was completed in a half day – delivering a fast, efficient and custom solution that saved our client a lot of stress.


Monkeytoe were engaged to supply us with an alternative to our traditional structural steel rooftop mechanical plant platform.
The design utilising strong and lightweight materials is a great advantage. The seamless interface of their supports with our traditional structural steel roof beams works perfectly.

An all-in-one package complete with deck structure, mesh and sound wall, had a positive affect to the program that was a great bonus for the construction team. Monkeytoe did it all with great efficiency and speed, saving construction costs and time to our overall program. All components arrived from New Zealand on time and in good condition (even with the added complications of Covid-19!). Initial assembly was done in the carpark of the site and then easily craned into position on the roof.

The Monkeytoe team in New Zealand and here in Australia were efficient, easy to work with and a pleasure to deal with. We are more than proud to have the first of your systems, on our site, in Australia.

Paul Baird
Lanskey Constructions

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