SUPAWOOD Moisture Resistant and Fire Retardant Panels Use Inside and Out For Church Building

SUPAWOOD Moisture Resistant and Fire Retardant Panels Use Inside and Out For Church Building

New Life Anglican Church, Oran Park NSW

Posted By: Colin Beattie | CEO   6th, April 2018

Curved, moisture resistant & fire retardant linings for iconic new building

UPDATE… Recently the curved exterior panels under the soffit above entry into the building showed signs of premature weathering. As Supawood are committed to maintaining the highest standards and guaranteeing their products, they replaced all the panels with a finish which would be much more durable.

Thanks AKM Projects for your fantastic work in updating New Life Anglican Church's curved exterior roof and successfully meeting the client's design intent!

"A pleasure working with the Supawood team as always – I wish every supplier had the faith in their products and supported them like you do!" – Andrew Marren, AKM Projects.

"Our new roof paneling is looking great!" – Stuart Starr, Lead Pastor, New Life Anglican Church.


See your project vision come to life!

The New Life Anglican Church at Oran Park in NSW was a project that required matching timber linings in both solid and acoustic options which could be curved, fire retardant and applied to both the interior and exterior.

NBRS & Partners Architects were commissioned to design an appropriate people-friendly building which was inspiring yet sensitive to the surrounding environment, the new building to stand as a spiritual anchor for a rapidly growing community.

SUPAWOOD products were ideal because of the adaptability of their range of finishes and the additional performance options available.

The exterior is dominated by a sweeping roof which forms a wave over the main part of the building. This feature overlaps to form eaves at the back and sides and then continues out over a large portico at the main entrance.  The soffits of this feature have been lined with 482m2 of curved Hoop Pine plywood panels finished with clear satin polyurethane.  The timber finish complementing the exposed polished concrete which has been used throughout the main structure.

The exterior timber component is continued on the broad soffit of an adjoining side entrance. This soffit has been lined with SUPACOUSTIC slotted acoustic panels to successfully address noise echo in this area.


To create a flow from the exterior into the building, the architectural features of the exterior have been mirrored within. The entry and large gathering area is dominated by ceiling features of Hoop Pine slotted acoustic panels which effectively addresses noise reverberation. On selected walls matching SUPALINE decorative solid panels have been used to define the kitchen and office.


In the nave of the building a ceiling lined with 586m2 curved slotted SUPAFINISH Hoop Pine acoustic panels follows the curved of the roof above, the effect reminiscent of a vaulted nave ceiling of a traditional church. This ceiling appears to float on a high wall of glass through which the exterior soffits give the illusion they are an extension of the interior ceiling.

The wall behind the stage is lined with solid SUPAFINISH Hoop Pine panels. On either side of the stage the wall is contrasted in white SUPASLAT slatted panels set on a black backing.

On either side of the nave, walls which give the illusion of curved screens partition off other rooms. Over these areas the ceilings are lower than the nave and SUPACOUSTIC white slotted panels with solid infills have been used to address noise reverberation.

All interior panels are fire retardant and are Fire Hazard Properties Group 1 of the BCA.

In this project the SUPAWOOD products not only blend with each other but compliment the other strong architectural elements. The whole combinations form with function to create a unique spiritual gathering place for the local community.

Project: New Life Anglican Church

Address: 5 Luff Close, Oran Park NSW

Exterior soffits: SUPALINE and SUPACOUSTIC panels in Hoop Pine plywood with clear satin polyurethane.
Interior: SUPALINE and SUPACOUSTIC panels in SUPAFINISH Hoop Pine and White. Feature SUPASLAT walls in SUPAFINISH White.

Architect: NBRS & Partners

Builder: Reitsma Construction Pty Ltd

Installer: Bright Ceilings

Photos: JadaArt


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