Two Westside Petroleum Service stations in Morewell and Ballarat have been transformed using Covet’s fire-rated wood-look batten cladding.

Petrol stations have long been utilised purely for their convenience – generally with fluorescent lighting, laminate flooring and the most basic of amenities - the environment is often uninviting for anything more than a “pit stop”.

Breaking away from a traditionally conservative industry, Westside Petroleum has incorporated a touch of “café culture” into its latest developments, complementing the functional service station with Eroma Café. 

 
 

Inside, timber-look batten detailing is used as a feature for the café’s counter, with the aluminium battens of varied sizes cut to exacting dimension in Japan.

Reminiscent more of a comfortable local coffee shop than of a traditional service station, the wood look battens, carpet and neutral tones create an inviting retreat for busy commuters.

 
 
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The café’s façade also features 30 x 85 profile Kabebari Battens, wrapping around the exterior, making it clearly distinct from the service station and positioning it more as a destination of its own.

While a common concern for the industry as a whole, the need for fire rated materials is of particular importance in a service station context due to close proximity to flammable materials.

Durability is also paramount, with the façade subject to ongoing exposure to petrol fumes and exhaust emissions, as well as the sun. Covet’s fire rated aluminium cladding was an ideal choice for this challenging environment. Covet’s Ever Art Wood® Series cladding range is fire-rated, and performs well when tested to AS/NZ 1530.3 (spread of flame / index 0) and AS/NZ 3837-1998 (result / Group 1).

 
 

 

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Ever Art Wood®

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Ever Art Wood® Kabebari Battens - 30x85

Kuri-Masame

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Performs well when tested to AS/NZ 1530.3 (spread of flame / index 0) and AS/NZ 3837-1998 (result / Group 1)

 

 

Photography © James Park