Army’s pres­ti­gious gong

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A CLUS­TER of more than 80 new and re­vamped build­ings at Lavarack Bar­racks has taken top hon­ours in the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects 2011 North Queens­land Re­gional Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

The build­ings, de­signed by Bligh Voller Nield Ar­chi­tec­ture, form the 3rd Com­bat En­gi­neer­ing Reg­i­ment and 4th Field Reg­i­ment precincts and won the Wil­liam Hod­gen Award for Build­ing( s) of the Year.

Some 11 projects were en­tered for the awards, win­ners of which were an­nounced at an evening din­ner at Townsville Civic Theatre on Fri­day.

En­tries in­cluded two homes, a hol­i­day re­treat at Pic­nic Bay on Mag­netic Is­land and 33sq m apart­ment in the Aquarius tower on The Strand, re­fur­bished for per­ma­nent oc­cu­pa­tion.

Other en­tries were a mas­ter­plan for Dis­cov­ery Rise, a pri­mar­ily res­i­den­tial precinct to be de­vel­oped at James Cook Univer­sity; a Duck­worth Street build­ing hous­ing 4WD ac­ces­sories b us i nes s Op­posit e Lock; Townsville Civic Theatre’s ex­ten­sion; Aus­tralian Trop­i­cal Science build­ing at JCU; Stu­art Po­lice Sta­tion; Lavarack Bar­racks Gym­na­sium; the Li­brary and Art Gallery ad­di­tions at Ing­ham’s Tyto Cul­tural Precinct; and the Re­source Cen­tre at S t Kier­ans School, Mount Isa.

Build­ings were as­sessed by a team of five com­pris­ing Townsville ar­chi­tects Rob Dust­ing and Ta­nia Den­nis, a lay per­son, Queens­land awards di­rec­tor and Bris­bane ar­chi­tect Mal­colm Mid­dle­ton, and Michel Rayner of Cox Rayner, a renowned Queens­land ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice re­spon­si­ble for the re­design of Townsville’s Flin­ders Mall.

Re­gional com­men­da­tions were given for Unit 1201 Aquarius on the Beach, by Ar­chi­tects North; Op­po­site Lock, by Guymer Bai­ley; Pic­nic Bay’s Tran­quil­lity Base, by ARM; JCU’s Dis­cov­ery Rise, by Ar­chi­tec­tus; and JCU’s Aus­tralian Trop­i­cal Science build­ing, by Con­rad Gar­gett Ar­chi­tec­ture.

An­nounc­ing Build­ings of the Year win­ner, Mr Mid­dle­ton said the Lavarack Bar­racks build­ings ac­com­mo­dated sports fa­cil­i­ties, of­fices, com­puter sup­port fa­cil­i­ties and heavy-ve­hi­cle main­te­nance among other uses and were de­signed to be clever, low-key and ro­bust, cater­ing for more than 600 sol­diers.

‘‘ This large-scale pro­ject, made up of many smaller build­ings and about 20 more sub­stan­tial build­ings, in­cludes adap­tive re­use of ex­ist­ing struc­tures,’’ he said.

‘‘ The pro­ject is con­sis­tently well re­searched and pro­vides an en­vi­ron­men­tally and vis­ually flex­i­ble suite of so­lu­tions to the in­di­vid­ual build­ing re­quire­ments.

‘‘ The strict pal­ette of mat eri­als builds on ear­lier stages and pro­vides a com­fort­able and skil­ful de­liv­ery o f many build­ing types within the highly con­trolled fi­nan­cial, func­tional and bu­reau­cratic con­straints of the armed ser­vices cul­ture. The build­ings of­fer built-form va­ri­ety and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance based on strong cross-ven­ti­la­tion prin­ci­ples of and low main­te­nance.’’

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL PER­FOR­MANCE: One of the more than 80 build­ing at Lavarack that won this year’s award

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