Army’s prestigious gong
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