With the world’s perception shifting on how we work, where we work and how we live there has been an active drive for asset owners to rethink how they adapt their assets to work for current and future end-users. With the current crisis looking to be around for some time, many have taken the opportunity to rethink their building assets outside of our cities and are responding to longer term preferences for people to stay locally to work, live and play.

Vicinity Centres and Challenger are at the forefront of this shift with plans to offer their customers a new way of local living in Western Sydney as they lodge precinct-sized plans to overhaul its ageing centre in Bankstown.

Bankstown Central is set to deliver a vibrant and sustainable new high amenity mixed-use precinct right in the heart of the Bankstown CBD, with the new precinct comprising new F&B and retail tenancies, 7 levels of PCA-A grade commercial offices, plus health and wellness amenities. Two levels of basement carparking will complement the existing shopping centre and new precinct.

Rooted in Vicinity’s vision for a sustainable development, the new mixed-use precinct will target a 5-star NABERS Energy Base Building Rating, 4.5-star NABERS Water Base Building, 5-star Green Star Design & As-built, and Gold WELL Certification.

Through innovative, environmentally sustainable design a healthy and active environment will be created for occupants whilst minimising any negative environmental impacts associated with its design, construction, and ongoing operation.

Early in the design, ADP’s wholistic approach to services, sustainability, and site infrastructure have identified the key infrastructure challenges. De-risking the project early and providing cost certainty has enabled innovative solutions to be embedded from the concept stage, including a high efficiency central plant, new chamber substation, and flexible F&B provisions to deliver a vibrant new Eat Street food precinct.

“Leveraging ADP’s experience across multiple sectors has been key for us on this project. Their teams’ experience with shopping centres, mixed-use precincts, commercial offices, authority infrastructure, and sustainable ratings them to promote innovative ideas in each discipline and then to use their cross disciplinary teams to quickly review, coordinate, and fine tune the outcomes” says Vicinity’s National Head of Design, David Waldren. “The revitalisation of Bankstown CBD is a very exciting project to be part of as it is very much designed with the community at its core” added ADP Director Gavin White.

Bankstown Central will be the start of Vicinity Centre’s 30-year vision to provide a hub for up to 8,400 workers, 3,500 residents and 1,800 students to the western suburbs of Sydney.

The Lower North Shore’s most sought-after address ‘The Landmark’, is the perfect launch pad to Sydney Harbour and beyond. It has set a new benchmark as one of the tallest residential towers in Sydney.

The 43-storey residential tower, comprising 429 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and “sky homes” with three or four bedrooms, will include a communal area on the ground floor, where access to a pool, spa and fitness facilities will be offered. The 3 levels above ground floor will accommodate commercial office space, while the basement car park will provide parking for residents and visitors alike.

A key aspect of the project was the council-owned Friedlander Place, connecting Pacific Highway through to Nicholson Street, with landscaped amenities and play areas, providing easy access through to a future bus interchange planned by Lane Cove Council. The area is lit with feature lights that blend into the building and help make this a statement piece of the area, with potential to integrate into and expand the Vivid festival up past North Sydney.

Along with public amenity, the building boasts many residential facilities including bookable entertaining spaces, cinema rooms, library, music room, a children’s play area, gym, swimming pool, yoga studio, and virtual golf rooms. All apartments can upgrade to smart control technology with dimmable lighting, tablet or phone-controlled switching and HVAC, and live data on energy usage.

Another challenge was the reticulation of the mechanical services for the retail and commercial provisions, which was achieved by the team through careful coordination with the architect.

Australian Catholic University (ACU), together with Blacktown Regional Council are delivering a new University Campus that will sit in the heart of the local community of greater western NSW. The project includes the fit-out of 6,000 sqm across 4 floors of a 5- storey existing building in close proximity to Blacktown Train and bus stations.

With a whole of building upgrade, the infrastructure requirements to re-purpose the existing commercial office into learning and teaching spaces is key. The building will require an additional ventilation and cooling plant and vertical transportation refurbishment.

An existing B grade commercial building will be converted to hold a mixture of sim wards, lab spaces, lecture and university student support facilities.

With the ACU’s ambition of opening their new Blacktown Campus as early as possible, the design and construction programme is sequenced such that construction staging, consideration of early identification of long lead time items and the consideration that the final stages of the upgrade will happen under a live teaching environment, requiring the project team to carry out extensive and intensive collaboration sessions.

As the campus is planned to operate from 22 Main Street for at least 5 years it is essential that good quality fixtures and fittings are provided whilst demonstrating good value for money. The spaces are to be secure, welcoming, inclusive, sustainable, and flexible.

Continuing to grow its presence in the national and international academic community, Western Sydney University (WSU) has delivered benchmark teaching facilities for specialist disciplines within the Schools of Humanities and Communications Arts, and Computing Engineering and Mathematics.

The new facilities at the Parramatta South Campus replace existing cellular classrooms and traditional lecture spaces with flexible teaching spaces, dedicated studios and laboratories, such as engineering practical Labs, design studios, electrical labs, electronic lab and materials testing, mechanical and mechatronic labs and collaborative workspaces.

ADP provided electrical, fire, hydraulics, audio visual and specialist lighting.

The project involves the adaptive reuse of WSU’s Westmead Campus – Building J -the site of the former St Vincent’s Boys Home.

The heritage building is now the home to WSU’s NICM Health Research Institute. Stage 1 of the project is now complete and incorporates clinic rooms, dispensaries, and associated staff support areas.

The design for Stage 2 is currently underway and will include a range of laboratories and facilities.

ADP have proactively engaged with WSU and their internal stakeholders to ensure the design has delivered on all key university policy and guideline requirements. For example, through early engagement ADP were able to address key university energy efficiency and future maintenance requirements and coordinate the establishment of a new high efficiency central thermal plant.

Western Sydney University is engaged in a series of works to relocate a number of offices and divisions to its Hawkesbury campus.

Building R7 was originally built in 1949-1950 to offer accommodation to the increasing number of college students. The relocation of campus services is providing an opportunity to refurbish and to adaptively reuse some of these existing, historical buildings.

These new modern offices will provide meeting rooms, offices and staff amenities for 48-50 staff.

ADP are providing electrical, mechanical, fire and hydraulics for the existing building refurbishment and are designing the Central Thermal Plant which will connect a number of the heritage buildings.

In 2017, following a year-long restoration, the Westpac Long Gallery in the Australian Museum, was open to the public. With generations of ad-hoc changes swept away, the original floors were uncovered, the marble columns revealed and restored and the original wire fretwork re-installed on all levels.

ADP Consulting are privileged to have been part of the team in the restoration of this iconic heritage landmark. Not just bricks and mortar, this has been a project of passion, reviving a sense of grandeur and wonder to this national treasure, the oldest museum in the nation which houses precious objects from Australia’s past.

Founded in 1827 to house a natural history collection, Australia’s first public museum has been at the forefront of scientific research, collection and education for 190 years.

As part of the restoration the Museum wanted to transform the Long Gallery into a modern multi-function space; enabling flexibility from hosting lectures to exhibition of the latest multi-media displays.

To ensure the best comfort to visitors, protection of the exhibits and to assist with humidity control, ADP designed a displacement ventilation system, to seamlessly incorporate into the display case assembly. This along with the delivery of a new audio-visual system has enabled the Australian Museum to comfortably host large functions amongst its 200 most valuable Treasures.

Set on 4 hectares of greenfield land along Myoora Road, this specialist 84 bed Private Hospital will provide the surrounding community with the following high-end surgery and therapy facilities;

  • A radiology department equipped with CT, MRI, X-Ray and ultrasound imaging capabilities.
  • Intensive care unit equipped with patient isolation rooms
  • Hydrotherapy pool and gymnasium for physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation wards and hospital beds
  • Six new specialist operating theatres and recovery rooms
  • Specialist consulting suites and staff support offices

The hospital is inspired by the surrounding natural landscaped setting of Duffy’s Forest, which along with its natural beauty is steeped in Australian history. The hospital will be divided into 3 pavilion style buildings separated by landscaped courtyards which will provide an intuitive connection to the outdoors. The design of the hospital has allowed for a light filled building which will provide a positive influence on health and wellbeing as well as responding to the needs of patients, their families and hospital staff.

ADP are providing the design for the building services, including specialist facilities, throughout the hospital.

We carried out an initial due diligence report determining the existing infrastructure to the site and the associated impacts on the hospital development. This due diligence report, along with concept planning and sustainability advice, formed an important component of obtaining council DA approval and ensuring the project remains on-schedule.

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Enjoying rapid growth and increased brand recognition within the Sydney market, Flexigroup, a multi-national provider of financial products and payment solutions, made the strategic decision to move from St Leonards into a more desirable CBD location. To attract more staff and create further brand awareness the business decided to relocate closer to better transport links and to a more attractive space more in line with their corporate identity.

A modern open space, with extensive views of Hyde Park the fitout included 3 floors of meeting rooms, casual meeting areas and offices, positioned away from the Façade allowing the open plan workstations to be positioned to take advantage of the views and Natural Light.

The fit out was completed as a single stage which included early delivery of the comms room to ensure the new office was live prior to the relocation. The relocation from St Leonards to the City was achieved over a single weekend ensuring business continuity was maintained at all times.

With sections of the workspace occupied 24/7, ADP designed a mechanical HVAC system that utilised tenant supplementary condenser water as a more efficient and cost effective solution to after-hours base building air conditioning

To accommodate significant growth and provide a more suitable workplace to their staff, Avant relocated their premises to Darling Park Towers (DP3) in 2017.

A key driver for the client was to provide spaces that would encourage collaboration and teamwork as well as provide technology that would support accelerated learning and concentration.

The fit out included a general open plan office, quiet rooms, meeting rooms, flexible training rooms and staff breakout spaces. One floor was dedicated to clients and included a guest waiting lounge, a boardroom, and several smaller meeting rooms, all with presentation facilities.  A key requirement was high performance video conferencing facilities and we designed the lighting to ensure high quality, on screen visual representation.

With an interconnecting stair linking the breakout spaces on all four floors, a fire curtain solution was implemented to address smoke hazard management, with services designed to address the additional requirements.