Quatro Design’s commitment to quality has been our driving force since we started designing and manufacturing bowls, pots, planters and street furniture for the landscaping industry in 2004. Our Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete (GRC) products will last for years and our Clients have the peace of mind that our product ranges are robust and structurally sound.
To ensure that our product surfaces are long-lasting and protected against efflorescence, cracks and surface discolouration, Xypex is added to our GRC (Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete) mixture during manufacturing and the completed products sprayed with penetrating sealant before they are wrapped and packaged for dispatch.
As part of our commitment and ongoing drive towards excellence we’re excited to announce that complimentary internal waterproofing will now be added to all our products. Yes, our GRC (Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete) bowls, pots, planter and seat-planter ranges now come with acrylic waterproofing at no extra cost!
Our strict manufacturing standards ensure the surface longevity of our landscape products:
Xypex in the GRC mixture reduces porosity and hairline cracks.
The penetrating sealer protects against oil and water-based stains.
Internal waterproofing also has the added benefit of preventing rapid moisture loss in the potting medium. Temperatures are expected to soar this Summer and with some areas in Australia experiencing drought and water restrictions this will be good news indeed.
Quatro Design – where landscape meets architecture
From Quatro Design’s humble beginnings since we started manufacturing in Billinudgel, NSW in 2004, we’ve grown into one of the largest manufacturers in Tweed Shire, Northern Rivers, NSW.
When the time came to expand our operations The Tweed was a natural choice at which time we relocated to our factory in Murwillumbah in 2013. We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of service and quality of products on offer by our suppliers and the skill-set available from the local community.
We count ourselves very lucky to operate within the inspirational backdrop that the Tweed Shire has to offer: pristine beaches, world class surfing, turtle and whale sightings, rain forests and most notable of all – the green caldera. This ancient volcano site is a natural amphitheatre recognised alongside Daintree and Kakadu as one of three most bio-diverse regions in Australia.
The town of Murwillumbah is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tweed River and is in close proximity to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park.
This backdrop has been the inspiration for the natural form and shapes of some of our pot, planter and street furniture ranges. It also highlights our responsibility towards the environment and as such we have implemented many practices in our manufacturing process to reduce and minimise our environmental footprint. Our most recent upgrade has been the installation of a new solar system. For more information please read our blog on greener manufacturing.
Quatro Design is constantly striving to implement more environmentally friendly methods and strategies to our manufacturing processes to further reduce our footprint. Apart from supplying pots, planters and street furniture to facilitate the addition of greenery to urban landscapes we’ve incorporated some of the following practices at our Murwillumbah factory:
We’ve replaced all 400 watt metal halide bay lights with energy efficient 150 watt LED lights throughout our factory.
All fluorescent lights in our office have been replaced with LED lights.
Translucent sheeting was installed along our east-facing factory wall as well as roof sky lights to increase natural lighting inside the factory.
We’re also very proud of the water-recycling system we designed that collects all water used to wash down the factory floor and equipment. Solids are allowed to settle out and the water is treated to bring the alkalinity back to neutral pH, from there it goes into storage tanks for re-use in the daily factory wash-down.
We’ve had a recycling bin installed for all cardboard packaging that is collected on a weekly basis by the recycler.
We’ve also participated in a waste audit by Bin Trim Assessor as part of the New South Wales Environment Protection Agency (EPA) program.
We’re proud to announce that we can add a new solar powered system installed on the roof of our factory to this list. The team from East Point Power arrived on site last week and have been working hard to ensure that our new solar system gets up and running.
The team from East Point Power are locally based and grew up in the Northern Rivers area, we support local small business as much as we can when engaging suppliers to ensure that we’re supporting families in our surrounding community.
Solar power is a truly renewable energy source, it is available every day world-wide. Did you know that one hour of the sun’s energy could meet our planet’s energy needs for one year? Solar power has no emissions, is noise pollution free and assists us in reducing our carbon footprint by reducing our reliability on fossil fuels. The system requires minimal maintenance too which in turn reduces waste.
We’ve had a 39 kW system installed which translated into 144 panels on our factory roof. We’ll be tracking our CO2 reduction on a monthly basis and are aiming for a 80% saving in power used from the grid.
We’re committed to constantly reduce our impact on the environment whilst manufacturing our landscape pot, planter and street furniture ranges. We already use less cement than precast products as our products are “hollow” with a reduced wall thickness. Watch this space for more updates on our greening initiatives.
Quatro Design – where landscape meets architecture
Quatro Design is proud to be associated with the Australian Made campaign and have been ‘Australian Made’ certified since 2013.
The Australian Made brand has one of the most recognised and trusted logo’s in the country and assists in assuring our customers that our products are “genuinely Australian” and manufactured to the highest standards.
We are committed to our wonderfully passionate employees and by manufacturing locally we play a key role in supporting the economic development and prosperity of our local Northern Rivers, NSW community. We encourage a clean and green environment in our factory and support our employees’ growth and personal development through on-going training initiatives.
We have noticed an influx of imported pots, planters and street furniture in the landscaping industry of late, however unfortunately not all imported landscaping products comply to the same standards. In fact not every GRC pot is the same – refer to one of our previous blogs here.
When purchasing and installing a Quatro Design pot, planter, trough or any of our street furniture ranges it comes with the peace of mind that each product has been lovingly made by hand adhering to the strictest Australian manufacturing standards.
We are grateful for the support we’ve received from the Australian landscape architecture and landscape gardening industry so far and look forward to assisting our customers with their projects using our proudly Australian Made products going into the future.
Quatro Design – where landscape meets architecture
We know our GRC U Bowl planters are pretty robust, but how well do they perform in a cyclone? Now we know the answer.
Recently we received this email from Gary Hewitt at Future Scene Landscaping who wrote:
Thought u might like this pic. We installed these pots for FKP Hayman Island back in 2014 ? Attached pic after cyclone 2016, now u know they are Cyclone rated.
Gary’s referring to Cyclone Debbie that hit Queensland’s Whitsundays region on March 28 last year with 263km/h winds and tidal surges. Hayman Island was hit hard and suffered considerable damage. But its good to know our planters survived unscathed.
Here at Quatro Design we’re regularly adding to our GRC concrete product range. Our latest street furniture collection is SWELL, seating that hints at sea waves coming into the beach. How so?
Firstly, there are the wave lines cast into the vertical face on one side of the bench, suggestive of the highs and lows in a sea swell. And secondly, the two SWELL bench seats where one is convex and the other is concave can be laid out in a curving pattern, a bit like lines of waves coming into a beach.
The curved shape of SWELL gives you flexibility. You can create a large semi-circle of bench seats, or you can weave the benches in and out. They can also be used to form a low retaining wall for a garden bed behind them.
Alternatively, SWELL benches can also be set up as standalone seating, complemented by the rounded SWELL STOOL that also features the wave line pattern on one vertical face.
Since our last full product catalogue was published back in 2014, we’ve added many new products to our product range. In some cases we’ve added new products to existing collections, and in other cases we’ve introduced entirely new planter and street furniture collections.
We’ve now updated the product catalogue to match what can be seen here on our website. Its available from our Download section, or you can download it now by clicking on the link below.
Back in early June we ran a blog announcing the upcoming DrainEZE drainage hole screen. Its a simple but effective device made of injection-moulded plastic to prevent the drainage hole(s) in planters from blocking up.
We’ve now had the injection mould make and taken delivery of the first 1000 DrainEZE devices. And the good news is that for all new orders received from this time on, the DrainEZE device will be installed as standard in Quatro Design planters.
If you’re unclear on how the DrainEZE device works, click on the animated video below.
Keeping the drainage holes in the base of pots and planters from getting blocked is important to ensure good drainage. The growing media/potting mix can block the holes causing water-logging which in turn can cause root rot in the plants.
Various approaches are typically used to ensure good drainage in pots, such as putting a layer of gravel in first and covering with flyscreen mesh or geofabric. Here at Quatro Design, we’ve come up with a new and simple device to facilitate good pot drainage — the DrainEZE drainage hole screen.
The device (patent pending) is a conical dome with vertical openings to enable water to pass into an air chamber above the drainage hole. This greatly increases the area through which water can pass, compared to the drainage hole by itself.
To prevent soil from passing through into the air chamber and then blocking the drainage hole, the moulded plastic device is covered with geofabric that is secured at the top with a press-on clip. The geofabric extends out on to the floor of the pot where it is covered with the growing media.
Depending on the size of the pot, the DrainEZE drainage hole screen will be held in position over the drainage hole by the weight of the growing media on it and the geofabric. If you’re concerned that plant roots might might move the device from over the hole, it can be glue-fixed in position using a semi-flexible adhesive such as a silicone or polyurethane adhesive.
This new drainage hole will be available within the next few weeks, as soon as the plastic injection mould is machined, and the first batch of devices is made. We’ll keep you informed.
You will then be able to have DrainEZE drainage hole screen fitted to your Quatro pots and planters when ordering. We will glue-fix them over the drainage holes so all you need to do is fill the pots with a good quality growing media.
We also plan to sell the DrainEZE drainage hole screen separately so you can fit them to pots you source from elsewhere.
When it comes to planter pots, we probably make the biggest in the world. Up until recently our largest pot was the 2.2 metre diameter U Bowl at 1 metre high.
But here at Quatro Design, we like to push the boundaries in manufacturing GRC planters. We’ve now released our new supersize bowl collection– ranging from 1.6 metres diameter up to a whopping 3 metres in diameter!
So what to call this new bowl collection? Renee in Accounts suggested calling them ‘Sumo’ bowls while Chris who is one of the Quatro Design owners came up with ‘Mega’ bowls. Then our estimator, Justin, topped the list with ‘super bowls’. So Justin wins — we’re calling it the ‘Super Bowl‘ collection.