Damien Crough is the Business Development Manager at Hickory Group and Founding Director of prefabAUS. Damien was integral in delivering Hickory’s first prefab project.

Damien recently co-founded prefabAUS, Australia’s only specialist modular building body and advocate for the many benefits of prefabrication.

Who is Hickory?

The Hickory story began in 1991 when fourth generation builders, Michael and George Argyrou, founded Hickory. Since then, the business has steadily evolved from a family owned company to one of Australia’s preeminent construction groups specialising in high rise apartment towers.

 What is the Hickory Building System?

Hickory’s journey into manufacturing began with the Unitised Building (“UB”) System, a prefabricated technology created by Nonda Katsalidis, one of Australia’s leading architects.

During 2013 the team at Hickory Building Systems, together with consulting engineers and physicists set the challenge to devise a system for high-rise modular construction that would allow high-rise, super-tower developments to be built more efficiently, sustainably and safely.

The new Hickory Structural System takes traditional modular fabrication to a new level – refining the engineering in order to create a modular structure that performs better and can be built higher than any other existing modular system.

What are the benefits?

Better quality, faster construction, more sustainable and cheaper to build.

How is this different to modular construction?

Many modular systems require developers and architects to adapt their projects to the particular modular system and are therefore quite limited in application. We see these often used only for temporary or low cost housing and accommodation.

Hickory on the other hand works with leading architects, developers and engineers to build their buildings, not ours. Our modules are engineered and prototyped to suit each individual client and their unique needs.

By controlling the process, our sophisticated technology is able to control costs; waste is limited and quality increased. ERP software guides each step of the project sequence, from initial design through to installation on site, by integrating internal and external management of information across the entire process.

You can read the full Q&A with Damien on the Urban Developer.