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As Chairman – Technical Committee, “National Wood Flooring Association of Australia” (15 years) and President (10 years) Mr Swindale has contributed much to the development and training of the Wood Floor Industry in Australia.

Mr Swindale has for over 50 years headed organisations specialising in the Design, Manufacture, Marketing and Installation of Parquet & Specialised Wood Floor Systems, throughout Australia.

For twenty (20) years, Mr Swindale, owned and operated throughout Australia the George Hudson Parquetry Flooring Group, incorporating the following Companies (prior to their sale to the Adsteam Group) :

  • George Hudson Parquetry Manufacturers Pty Ltd
  • George Hudson Parquetry Sales Pty Ltd
  • George Hudson Parquetry Installations Pty Ltd

As Chairman & Managing Director of the largest manufacturer/installer of parquet in Australia, Mr Swindale has largely been responsible for the widespread marketing, sale and installation of a very broad range of Parquet & Specialty Wood Floor products and systems and has personally had a major influence on the trends in style & design of Wood Flooring in Australia.

Mr Swindale has been responsible for the Design and Marketing of new Wood Floor concepts and systems which have been recognised by the awarding of an Australian Design Award.

Mr Swindale is regularly used as a Consultant to Commonwealth and State Departments, Architects, Engineers and Acoustical Engineers and Interior Designers, in the design and formulation of specifications applicable to a wide range of specialised conditions.

During the past 47 years Mr Swindale has been responsible for the Design, Manufacture, Sale and/or Installation for a great majority of the Parquet and Speciality Wood Floors installed in prime Public Buildings in all States and Territories in Australia.

Following the sale of the George Hudson Parquet Flooring Group, Mr Swindale established the following companies which he still owns and operates today:-

 

  • Australian Parquet Industries Pty Ltd
  • Australian Parquet Manufacturing Pty Ltd
  • Thrust Floors International Pty Ltd

Mr Swindale is Chairman and Managing Director of the above Companies in Australia and as a Senior Director was responsible for the establishment of these same Companies listed above, as Joint Venture Companies in Malaysia.

Mr Swindale established the “Air-Thrust” Pneumatic Sports Hall Flooring System in Australia and Asia and has been personally responsible for the installation of over 850 major Sporting Facility installations throughout Australia, including the National Stadium – Canberra.

Mr Swindale has constructed major installation works in both Asia and the Middle East.4

Mr Swindale has travelled extensively in studying Wood Floor Systems and Methods, as used in various parts of the world, in particular Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S.A. and was the appointed Liaison Officer with America in the formation of  (NWFAA)  the “National Wood Flooring Association of Australia” and in forming the “International Federation of National Wood Flooring Associations”, designed to encompass 51 countries around the world in which NWFA operates.

Mr Swindale is author and publisher of the 100 page Architectural Technical Data Catalogue entitled:

Perfection in Parquet

Widely used throughout Australia & New Zealand as the “Bible” of the Parquet & Speciality Wood Floor Industry.  This publication is used by key Engineers, Designers, Architects & other specifiers in parts of the U.S.A. & Asia.

EUROPE

As a Licensee of the Swiss Parquet Manufacturing Group  BAUWERK AG,  Mr Swindale has been schooled in Europe by Bauwerk’s  extensive network of Manufacturers, Marketing and Installation Companies located throughout both Europe and North America.

NORTH AMERICA

Through Bauwerk’s largest licence anywhere in the world, Mr Swindale was introduced to the HARRIS Manufacturing Company of Johnstone City Tennessee where Mr Alan Harris Jr  provided training and introduction to the most qualified Wood Floor Mechanics in both Canada and the U.S.A.

Among the most significant of the professional associations this formed, was a lifelong association with Mr Andy Anderson one of the oldest and most respected personalities in the American Wood Floor Industry.

Andy Anderson as the principal of the ANDERSON LADD Company is the person primarily responsible for installing Wood Floor Systems into some of the most significant public buildings in America today.

Those buildings historically include the South Bend Indiana Building in which the Spitfire Engines were made for Britain during WW11 in which Mr Anderson was responsible for hundreds of railroad cars of timber being freighted into South Bend from all over America and where Anderson made history in bringing this significant war effort building in, way ahead of schedule while establishing a unique black & white combined workforce team on this project.

The Chicago Post Office is but one of hundreds of other major projects executed by the Anderson Ladd Company whose history is still legendary in the American Wood floor Industry today.

Andy Anderson was the inventor of the ”Air-Thrust” Pneumatic Sports Hall Flooring System, for which Mr Anderson gave the rights to Swindale to operate in Australasia and elsewhere.

The rapport established between Anderson & Swindale (whom Anderson looked upon almost as a grandson) was such that Mr Anderson “authorised” Mr Swindale to establish an Australian Patent upon his invention of the “Air-Thrust” Pneumatic Flooring System in those regions in which Swindale operates.

Mr Swindale’s knowledge and expertise in a wide range of Wood Floor Systems was through the knowledge and experience and broad industry contacts established through Mr Andy Anderson and his extensive network of expert wood floor mechanics and contractors.

 

AUSTRALIA

In Australia Mr Swindale’s knowledge, training and expertise was acquired alongside his long serving Installation Manager  Mr James Rankin.

James Rankin had for many years been both Wood Floor Contractor to, and Contracts Manager for, the then George Hudson Limited’s Wood Floor Division.

James Rankin, 30 years the senior of Mr Swindale, formed a close professional relationship with Swindale that saw the George Hudson Parquetry Flooring Group, under the ownership of the Swindale family, achieve some outstanding achievements in Wood  Floor Construction in many major public buildings in all Australian States.

Among the other outstanding and most well know of the George Hudson Wood Floor experts was Installation Manager Alex (Sandy) Mabberly with whom Mr Swindale also undertook installation works in both Asia and Saudi Arabia.

Member of the following Professional Bodies & Associations

NWFA

* Member National Wood Flooring Association of America
* Appointed Liaison Officer - NWFA and NWFAA -

NWFAA

* President - National Wood Flooring Association of Australia - 16 years
* Chairman - Technical Committee - 18 years
* Special Projects Officer

T.F.F.A.N.

* Vice President – Timber Floor & Finishing Association of N.S.W.
* Chairman - Technical Committee (5 years)
* Former President TFFAN

H.I.A.

Member of the Housing Industry Association

M.B.A.

Member of the Master Builders Association NSW

B.E.

* Member Builders Exchange
* President Builders Exchange (3 years)

I.P.S.M.

Member of the Institute of Purchasing & Supply Management

H.I.A.

* Former Chairman HIA – PTFC
* Professional Timber Flooring Council (5 years)
* Member of the Executive Committee - Technical
* Appointed Representative of Professional Timber Flooring Council on Australian Standards – Wood Flooring
* H.I.A. nominated Rep Australian Standards – Wood Flooring

M.T.L.

* Former Chairman & CEO – Australian Technology Science & Research (2 years)
* Justice of the Peace

As a Licensed Building Contractor Mr Swindale has been personally responsible for installation of a broad range of specialised Wood Floor Systems in a range of climatic conditions that span Australia coast-to-coast and include both Asia and the Middle East.

Listed below is a broad cross section of the size and type of such installations.

CROSS SECTION OF TYPICAL PROJECTS - Coast-to-Coast
ADELAIDE
  • South Australian Government printing Office - 13,000 m2
  • Marion Recreation Centre – “Air-Thrust” - 2,300 m2
  • Reserve Bank of Australia – Wood Block - 3,000 m2
ALICE SPRINGS
  • Alice Springs Special School - “Air –Thrust”
  • Aboriginal Cultural Centre - 300 m2
AYRE – NORTH QUEENSLAND
  • Stadium - “Air-Thrust” - 1,600 m2
ARMIDALE
  • College of Advanced Education - - 2,000 m2
COONABARABRAN
  • Anglo- Australian Telescope Project – Sliding Springs Mountain Uniq Unique floor designed for exposure to external elements form night sky and unique insulation from distorted viewing from air-conditioned building below.
BALLARAT
  • College of Advance Education - “Air-Thrust” - 720 m2
BRISBANE
  • Parliament House Heritage Refurbishment
  • Law Courts – End Grain
  • Commonwealth Games Stadium – “Air-Thrust”
  • Myer/ David Jones/ Grace Bros
  • Government House – Wood Block
  • Art Gallery – Wood Block
  • IONA College - “Air-Thrust” - 730 m2
CANBERRA
  • National Indoor Sports & Training Centre -“ Air-Thrust” Stadium - 2,100 m2
  • Australian National University - “Air-Thrust” Stadium - 1,260 m2 -
  • Bruce College of Advanced Education - 660 m2 -
  • Wanniassa High School - “Air-Thrust” & Rustic - 2,300 m2
  • Parliament House (old) - Wood Block
  • Reserve Bank - Wood Block
  • Law Courts - Wood Block
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Embassies - numerous
  • Canberra Theatre Centre - “Air-Thrust”
  • A.N.U. –Weight Lifting Area & Platforms
DARWIN
  • Marrara Basket Ball Stadium - “Air-Thrust” 2,000 m2
  • Defence force Establishment - “Air-Thrust”
  • Sadadeen Special School - “Air-Thrust”
  • Winnellie Special School - “Air Thrust” Embossed Rustic
  • Reserve Bank - Wood Block
NORTH QUEENSLAND
  • Cairns Basketball Stadium – “Air-Thrust” - 2,600 m2
  • Ayr Basketball Stadium – “Air-Thrust”
HOBART
  • Hobart Basket Ball Stadium - “Air-Thrust”
  • University of Hobart – Performing Arts Centre
  • Reserve Bank - 2,500 m2 -
  • Somerset Recreation Centre - “Air-Thrust”
MELBOURNE
  • State Indoor Sports Centre - Olympic Park “Air-Thrust” 2,300 m2
  • St Leonards Gymnasium - “Air-Thrust” 660 m2
  • Hyatt on Collins - “Air-Thrust“ Aerobics 300 m2
  • Bonegilla Army Establishment 1,660 m2
  • Reserve Bank 3,000 m2
  • Victorian College of the Arts
  • Myer
  • Government House Hall - “Air-Thrust”
  • Art Gallery
  • Melbourne Grammar School
KALGOORLIE
  • Recreation Centre - “Air-Thrust” Stadium - 2,100 m2
PERTH
  • St Maris Church of England Girls’ School – Karnup 600 m2
  • HMAS Lewin - Navy Complex - “Air-Thrust” 2,000 m2
  • W.A. Fire Brigade Head Quarters - “Air-Thrust” Stadium 900 m2
  • W.A. College of Performing Arts - “Air-Thrust” Ballet
  • Mt Lawley College of Advanced Education “Air-Thrust”
  • Reserve Bank Wood Block - 2,500 m2
SYDNEY
  • Art Gallery of NSW - Wood Block
  • Elizabeth Bay House - Heritage Restoration
  • “HORNER” Portable Basket Ball Floor- Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • Government House - Wood Block
  • Embassies - numerous
  • E.G. Whitlam Recreation Centre - Air-Thrust - 3,000 m2
  • Clubs & Community Facilities – numerous
  • Bankstown Airport - Wood Block - 10,000 m2
  • Moulten Metal Works - End grain
  • Government Printing Office End Grain
  • CSIRO North Ryde - Wood Block
  • Sydney Opera House - Ballet Floors
  • Reserve Bank - Wood Block
  • Parliament House - Wood Block
  • Schools/ Colleges/ Universities - numerous
SAUDI ARABIA
  • Australian Embassy - Riyadh - Wood Block & “Air-Thrust”
SINGAPORE
  • East Coast International - “Air-Thrust” Squash Court Tournament Facility
  • Singapore Fire Station - “Air-Thrust”
MALAYSIA
  • Mosaic & Block Parquet - various
  • Consultant to new Manufacturing Joint Venture Organization
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Client Testimonials
At Thrust Floors we place the highest importance on delivering a superior flooring experience to our customers. Thanks to this commitment we have earned a reputation as one of the leading flooring companies in Sydney. Take some time to see what our happy customers have said about us!
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We had our floating floor installed by the the team at thrust floors and had no problems it’s over 5 yrs old now and we have no complaints.

Scott F
Sydney, Australia