Qantas Founders Outback Museum, Longreach

One of the largest single span roofs in the Southern Hemisphere. crowns the latest stage of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach, Queensland. The building, the latest stage of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach, has been designed to resemble an aircraft hangar from ground level, sits next to the original hangar operated by Qantas when it began in the 1920’s.

The recently completed, 3,000 square metre building houses a theatrette, restaurant, education centre, temporary and travelling exhibition centres as well as state-of-the-art museum.

Northside Roofing used on-site mobile roll-forming technology to roll sheets of KingKlip 700 in two colors directly onto the roof, eliminating the need for step joints and creating the clean and uncluttered lines the building deserved.

This method provided a practical alternative to traditional off-site roll-forming methods – instead of using three separate 23m lengths of steel, a five tonne coil was simply fed through the onsite mill and cut to the full-span length.

With single lengths of roof decking, the risk of defects and sheet imperfections is greatly reduced, giving the roof a life of more than 30 years.

Project Details

Location: Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach, Qld
Architects: Noel Robinson Architecture
Builder: Watpac
Completion Date: 2002
Site Area: 3,000m²