RAAF Base Amberley Stage 3
This project includes a new Physical Fitness Complex, Combined Mess and Living In Accommodation. Conrad Gargett worked closely with the design team to prepare siting options before developing a comprehensive master plan.
During the project, the Queensland drought was at its most severe. As a result, the centre piece of the design strategy was an integrated water management strategy which maximised collection and storage from roof and run-off water for irrigation. This innovative approach to water management resulted in underground water storage capacity in excess of 1.5 million litres to irrigate the sand based turf fields. Water collection in grassed and planted swales provided improved environmental outcomes as a result of water polishing before entering the water storage tanks or being discharged into creeks and rivers.
The precinct wide pedestrian access and circulation network is designed to reduce the reliance on motorised transport. The approach to landform successfully resolves the competing requirements for equal access, large building footprints and water catchment in an undulating landscape. Significant trees were retained and supplemented with new trees to support native flora and fauna including the endangered Weeping Paperbark and vulnerable koala. The project was completed in 2009.
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