Stainless Steel Gabions 316L

We are now stocking only 316L in the Stainless Steel range of gabion mesh and cages. Also we are changing our standard stainless spec to 4mm diameter in a 75mm x 75mm aperture. Currently we have plenty of 3mm (50mm x 50mm), but are looking at not carrying this size in the future. This is due to the higher strength of the 4mm as well as a better looking product when the cage is filled with rock.

316L is a type of stainless steel which has greater resistance to rust than other grades (apart from some of the specialist and very high priced Duplex grades). 316L is low carbon stainless steel. In some sea wall (marine environments) it has been known to last over 20 years, however a lot depends upon the environment, including whether the product is permanently submerged in salt water, tides, etc.

Tramsheds 2016

The Tramsheds is a retail and function centre development within the Harold Park residential project. Estabished in 1904 and now restored as a feature to this project.

Permathene AL-TEN™ architectural gabions were specified for this project. Gabion wall construction was by Nviroscope.

Sculpture By The Sea Cottsloe 2015

The House of Mirrors was inspired by Neon of Melbourne. The sculpture first appeared in Sydney Sculpture By the Sea 2014, see below. This sculpture was assembled slightly differently to allow visitors to enter the sculpture.

The film below is a time lapse of the build.

Film by Neon


Sculpture By The Sea 2014

The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney is Australia’s largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition and is one of the world’s largest free to the public events. Permathene is honoured to assist local artists to take part in this year’s exhibition in Bondi Beach.

The art, created by NEON, House of Mirrors was picked from over 480 artist submissions as a finalist.

House of Mirrors is a reinterpretation of the classic Australian beach hut, a structure that traditionally sits boldly and brightly on the sand, blocking out the exterior environment whilst proclaiming its own presence. House of Mirrors challenges this approach. Instead of creating a dominating presence on the beach, it disappears into the natural landscape, welcoming and amplifying the surrounding environment. The House of Mirrors will provide a magical experience for visitors to Bondi. It’s a house that isn’t quite there; it allows you to sit inside it, soaking up the environment in plain sight of everybody, whilst simultaneously remaining completely hidden. It is a place for sitting, relaxing and contemplating the unique environment that is Bondi Beach.

The House of Mirrors is formed from two primary materials, gabion cage structure and sheets of mirror finish steel. The gabion cage structure acts to blur the house, creating an ephemeral, indistinct form. The mirrored steel cladding on the exterior reflects the surrounding environment, allowing it to camouflage itself and blend in with its context. The mirrored surface of the interior reflects and amplifies the environment internally creating a fragmented and distorted view of beach environment that focuses the attention of the inhabitants on previously unseen details. See Photos here.

Film by Alex Matovich


Neon's House of Mirrors - In the news..

Sydney Park 2014

Sydney park is located in St Peters in city south, and is well known for it’s landmark high brick chimneys. This open space is made of grassland, landscape gardens, cycling path, rolling hills and a series of interconnected wetlands, spreading over 40 hectares. The four wetlands were constructed over time to capture stormwater in order to improve water quality and provide flood mitigation and amenity. However the amount of water lost due to evaporation and lacking sustainable water supply have caused problems for the aquatic environment.

Engineers, ecologists and landscape architects were urged to provide a solution where stormwater management infrastructure is seamlessly integrated into the landscape design in a large scaled park space. The design aimed to create a continuous natural edge blending into the existing periphery of wetlands and conceal the curving concrete retaining wall from a distance. Gabions, filled with locally resourced sandstone and recycled materials were chosen to build on top of concrete to create a natural look and to accommodate stormwater volumes in a confined space. The distinctive use of recycled brick gabions not only added another habitat overlay to the design proving an ecological function but also recalled past histories of the former industrial land.

The Sydney park stormwater harvesting stage 1 project is due to completion in late August 2014, and we are looking forward to seeing the transformation of these wetlands to sustainable green infrastructure.

Permathene AL-TEN™ architectural gabions were specified for this project.

Harold Park 2014

Harold Park is a major residential development site in the heart of Glebe in Sydney's inner west. Since 1902 the park was a raceway and was the home of NSW Harness Racing Club until 2008 when it was sold for re-deveolpment. The site is renovating the old warehouses and retaining much of the original brickwork. The new apartment blocks will sit amongst this setting beneath the cliffs of Glebe Point.

Gabion walls have been incorporated for retaining with an emphasis on using architectural gabions. Permathene AL-TEN™ was specified for this project. A lot of skill has been used to create perfectly layered cages with rock placed carefully without voids.

The mesh aperture was custom manufactured to 100mm x 75mm for the upper retaining wall sections and 100mm x 50mm for the lower walls, as per photograph.

harold park gabion

PVC Modular Gabions

Permathene Australia is now supplying USA made PVC coated gabions. These are supplied in roll form to allow simply rolling out and cutting. The base is placed followed by the back and internal diaphragms and then the front section. This will save time. The PVC Modular Gabions are made by Modular Gabion Systems of the USA and has been produced by MGS since 1990. MGS is a division of CE Shepard and was founded in 1957.

This product is currently stocked in black and we will soon have grey also. This product goes through a specialised manufacturing process. Most PVC coated gabions are hot dipped. This is a fairly weak coating compared to the MGS product. This product is first galvanised then coated by a polymer and then PVC is applied by powder coating. This gives an accurate coating and bonds extremely well.

Stainless Steel Gabions

Since September we have been offering as a standard product stainless steel (316) gabion products. Currently we stock 3mm in a 50mm x 50mm aperture. Panel sizes include .5m x .5m, 1m x .5m, 2m x .5m, 1m x 1m, 2m x 1m.

Stainless steel 316 is a marine grade which has greater resistance to rust than type 304. As it is only slightly more expensive we decided to only offer this superior grade.

Meihotech Gabion C Ringer

Permathene is the Australia distributor for Meihotech C ringers. Manufactured in Japan this lightweight tool is reliable and robust. We are no longer offering any other brands even though this tool is more expensive. Quality does have a price, so if you want the best check out the Meihotech.

Permaflex Flexible Polyethylene Geomembrane

Permathene has a new geomembrane product which is designed to offer the same benefits as flexible polypropylene but with superior chemical resistance. One of the problems with flexible polypropylene has been resistance to chlorine was poor in certain conditions including high humidity. With flexible polyethylene this restriction has been overcome. It is a multi layer composite with excellent UV stability.

Permaflex is extremely flexible and can installed on uneven surfaces and slopes.

Tested to meet AS/NZS 4020:2005 (certified as suitable for drinking water, aquaculture, etc).