With all the features and facilities of a corporate office one would expect to find in the heart of a CBD and not typically in a suburban location, the Victorian Government’s Department of Transports new customer service centre, a mix of commercial and retail, will provide staff and customers alike a premium, high quality environment in a convenient location adjacent Eastland shopping centre and Ringwood Train Station.

This 13,700sqm NLA fully integrated fitout will include an end of trip facility on the lower ground floor, a VicRoads customer services centre and café on the ground floor with a business lounge on the mezzanine. PCA grade A offices with interconnected stairs are located between levels 5-10 and the roof top terrace provides a function space to host 200 people.

This project has a high emphasis on the use of clever technology that is integrated into workstations, meeting/conference rooms and collaboration spaces to offer flexibility with minimalistic visual connection to services. One such example is that there are no raised floors or suspended umbilical cords from the ceiling to the workstation clusters for any service. This allows panoramic views of the office and uninterrupted external views of the Dandenong ranges.

A key challenge has been ensuring that the requirements of all the separate departments and various stakeholders, each with their own unique operational prerequisites yet all sitting under one umbrella, are met and delivered cohesively. Reverse engineering a services requirement brief that meets all interdepartmental requirements, although challenging, was achieved through strong communication and regular collaboration with the wider project team through workshops, meetings over video conferencing and site visits only as necessary due to Covid-19. Through this collaboration we have achieved a great working environment for the end-user with spaces that are tailored for individual group settings and multiple groups with the intention of improving people’s health and productivity.

The fitout will be targeting a self-assessment of Green Star and NABERS.

To learn more please contact: Russell Evans, Director – M: 0411 358 090 | E: [email protected]

As part of QICGRE’s long-term vision for Eastland to create a vibrant mixed-use town centre for the community of Ringwood, QIC GRE are developing a new 11 level office tower adjacent Eastland and Ringwood Train Station.

Eastco will provide an exceptional commercial space with 360-degree views of the Yarra Valley and surrounds, complementing the fantastic retail, lifestyle and hotel offering already available at Eastland.

With a focus on sustainability, the Eastco development is targeting a 5-star NABERS Energy Base Building Rating and a 4-star NABERS Water Base Building rating.

To deliver an office space that is incredibly energy efficient from a heating and cooling perspective, but also a visually pleasant and comfortable work environment, extensive work and modelling have gone into optimising the design of the façade. This has included the use of horizontal shading fins, to find the balance between minimising solar heat gains and maximising natural daylight amenity. The vast majority of steel and timber used on the project will be ethically sourced through schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council certification scheme and the World Steel Association’s Climate Action Programme. Indoor air quality will be ensured by using low toxicity paints, sealants and adhesives.

The development will have a 50kW photovoltaic panel array on the roof, maximising the available roof space for onsite energy generation. Through its energy supply, it will be able to abate 72 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually that would have been otherwise emitted as a result of using electricity from the grid. The building reduces its potable water demand with highly water efficient taps, toilets, urinals, and showers and additionally, rainwater is captured from the roof and reused for toilet and urinal flushing and irrigation of the green areas on the building’s rooftop.

Working alongside Fender Katsalidis, the 14,000sqm development will include a major government agency customer services centre and café on the ground floor with a business lounge on the mezzanine and four levels of carpark.  The PCA grade A offices will have interconnected stairs between levels 5-10 and the roof top terrace with a function space to host 200 people. A traffic management centre, pod casting, television broadcasting and associated critical services will also be hosted within the office levels.

To actively promote health and wellness amongst the buildings occupants as well as helping people make cleaner and greener decisions in the way they choose to commute, first class end of trip facilities including extensive bike parking, spacious showers and locker rooms will be provided on the lower ground floor.

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.

Located in the inner-west of Melbourne and within walking distance of Melbourne’s central business district, The District Docklands is a mixed-use development which includes state-of-the-art entertainment, dining and fresh foods precincts alongside a five-star hotel, commercial offices and modern residences.

Ashe Morgan envisions the redevelopment of this waterfront location will rejuvenate this area, providing a community to this previously industrial site.

ADP are currently working on 1B-6, an office development designed by Woods Bagot and 2B–2,  serviced apartments by Fender Katsalidis. ADP are proud to be collaborating with a great team;  PDS Group, Generate Property Group, 4D Workshop and Slattery.

Credit images: Woods Bagot

 

Opened in March 2020, The Marketplace at Watergardens is a great example of innovative design and engineering. Its design principles may very well pave the way to how we design public buildings for our communities, as we enter the new ‘normal’ in these challenging times.

The Marketplace is a naturally ventilated fresh food precinct by QIC Global Real Estate for Taylors Lakes in Victoria, which has created a diversity of experiences beneath a shared canopy, which blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. An overarching trellis canopy encompasses the series of retail pavilions beneath, extending the landscape and bringing the outdoors in.

To allow customers a relaxed and comfortable shopping experience, regardless of the weather outside, ADP modelled all elements of the building to ensure thermal comfort and building efficiency were appropriately balanced. The use of thermal comfort models and CFD computations enabled design elements including trellis angles, shading and the extent / performance of the glazing to be tested. The analysis examined air temperature, mean radiant temperature, relative humidity, air speed, metabolic rate, and clothing insulation within a Predicted Mean Vote assessment, to determine which elements would enable occupants to feel the most comfortable within the space.

‘Clean air was key for the project. A spill air solution was also extensively scrutinized, to enable energy efficiency by reducing the extent of air conditioning within the mall. What this does is allow preconditioned air to spill from the retail tenancy areas, to then mix with natural ventilation which is boosted through louvres and fans around skylight areas. This allows ample fresh external air within spaces, and actively removes stale, stagnant air that can pose a risk to human health’ says Laurent Deleu, Founder and Director ADP Consulting.

Our team worked with Tomek Archer of Archer Office through concept design to develop optimal passive elements, such as the size and shape of skylights that allow greenery to grow beneath it, whilst minimising too much solar gain. The use of this greenery (or ‘biophilia’) is central to healthy, human-centred design as plants have been shown to filter air and assist in removing toxins. Research demonstrates they also stabilise temperatures (further supporting thermal comfort), promote mental wellbeing and assist in reduce stress levels. NH Architecture delivered the design documentation.

Situated within the beautiful landscape of Kangaroo Point, the Trilogy rises above its urban counterparts with three iconic towers excelling in world class design. Adding to the Brisbane city skyline, the Trilogy is an ambitious project requiring creative engineering and collaboration with the project team. Realising Arden Group and Altis Architecture’s vison of uninterrupted views over the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, South Bank, Botanic gardens and the CBD, each of the three towers in the mixed-use development has private amenity roof tops. They include entertaining areas, communal spaces, swimming pools and two interconnecting sky bridge pools on the 18th floor.

With the tallest tower 28 levels above Vulture street, creating these grand roof top spaces posed many challenges for our team. Rooftops are areas generally reserved for plant rooms, so we needed a unique plan. Leading to the creation of mid-level plant rooms, alternative mechanical systems, smart delivery of hot water and using CFD modelling to reduce the amount of duct in the basement, our team had to think creatively to solve these challenges. The display suite is open for inspection. The Trilogy is due for completion in 2022

An exemplar mixed-use community, retail and residential destination, this landmark development will integrate sustainability, health and modern design with the market’s legacy and Melbourne’s famous laneway culture.

The project comprises significant new community facilities, interconnecting laneways and a hotel and residential development adjacent to the $250 million redevelopment of the iconic market.

The site was purchased by the City of Melbourne to protect the market from inappropriate development and prevent a supermarket or large chain stores being built in direct competition to fresh food offerings of the Queen Victoria Market.

ADP are currently providing the engineering design for Stage 2 for PDG which will include 490 Build-to-rent residential apartments, a 110 room hotel and 7 retail / F&B premises on the ground level.

The Department of Optometry and Visual Science (DOVS) Relocation project involves the relocation of several Faculty of MDHS’s departments including the Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Eye Clinic and the re-allocation of space for physiotherapy and nursing into 200 Berkeley Street and Level one of 202 Berkeley Street.

Refurbishment works within 200 Berkeley St involves a whole of building upgrade include the replacement of all existing infrastructure to comply with current building code requirements and UoM standards. 202 Berkeley St involves whole of floor infrastructure upgrades to the north wing of the Triradiate Building to accommodate General Practice.

Due to portfolio wide capital program pressures DOVS Relocation is delivered under an accelerated programme and an Early Contract Involvement (ECI) framework. Intensive workshops with the design team and stakeholders occurred weekly to accelerate the design process. These sessions included blocking/stacking, stakeholder workshops, design documentation, tendering of separable portions and into delivery.

The Early Contract Involvement (ECI) framework is quite unique for refurbished buildings in the tertiary education sector and has provided the University with an agile procurement process primarily focused on delivering an accelerated design/construction programme to University stakeholders that is tailored to typology of the asset, space repurposing challenges, the programme, procurement and impact to the University community caused by constructing in a live environment.

The DOVS Relocation project forms part of the John Medley Bundle package of works.

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) plan to relocate the School of Agriculture and Food (Food Science) to Levels 1, 2 and 3 Building 194 and Level 2 Building 184.

The expansion into both buildings will address the growing enrollment numbers and provide a consolidated base for Food Science Teaching and Research. The project comprises of PC1 and PC2 physical containment, fume cupboard extraction and laboratory gas provision as well as the refurbishment of multiple spaces within Building 184.

Re-purposing an ageing asset to accommodate complex space functions has presented some challenges including extensive infrastructure upgrades to current code requirement. As a result of our initial site investigations all infrastructure; MSB, thermal plant and HVAC are to be replaced to meet BCA 2019 commitments.

The University of Melbourne is delivering the project through an innovative procurement method whereby an Early Contract Involvement (ECI) Consultant forms part of the project team and the delivery procurement process is priced and built under an agreed framework. This process is quite unique for refurbished buildings in the tertiary education sector and provides the University with an agile procurement process primarily focused on providing University stakeholders with an accelerated design/construction programme tailored to typology of the asset, space re purposing challenges, the programme, procurement and impact to the University community caused by constructing in a live environment.