"The Centre has been designed to achieve excellence in sustainable design and set new high standards in environmental performance for multi-purpose public buildings. [It] will be a starting point for the development of a green rating system for public buildings… [and] an innovative example of design and sustainable design possibilities."
— Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore MP
This innovative new building provides specific services tailored to community needs and includes an integrated local library, community centre and child care centre.
Establishing a new Australian standard of excellence for environmentally sustainable design in civic buildings, the building includes: use of planting together with a thermal labyrinth for passive filtering and tempering of air; incorporation of extensive natural light; solar-tracking timber louvre systems; automated fabric shading; mixed mode ventilation; extensive photovoltaic array; geothermal cooling bores; green roof; rainwater collection and recycling; and sustainable material selection.
Extensive use of pre-finished fire rated DecorZen and DecorSolid panels throughout this landmark project highlight the innovative design features of this project.
The Decor panels went through an extensive testing process to ensure exact colour matching with the imported exterior cladding panels – and passed with flying ‘colours’!
The project has been rapidly embraced by the community and well received by industry being awarded UDIA Excellence in Sustainable Design award and the Australian Timber Design Awards Public Building high commendation.