Author Archives: JPA&D

The Public Guardian

Year: 2018
Client: NSW Department of Justice
Location: Sydney CBD, NSW

Offices for the Public Guardian were created within a heritage listed building in the CBD providing work, meeting, utility and breakout spaces.

Acoustics within the open plan office space were addressed by utilizing a pattern of pinboards and whiteboards on the long wall of the office space to provide practical functions as well improve the acoustics of the space.

 

Cardno Wollongong

Year: 2018
Client: Cardno
Location: Wollongong, NSW

JPA&D won the tender to design the new offices for Cardno in Wollongong in 2017. The brief was to create a safe, healthy and compliant environment that was functional and cost-effective and was adaptable to new ways of working and new technologies. The space created was to be visually stimulating and to provide a working environment that promoted a positive work culture and high staff satisfaction.

The underside of the ceiling slab and all the services were left exposed and sprayed black, planters were introduced between banks of workstations and a ‘greenwall’ was installed behind the reception counter. In key spaces such as the meeting rooms and reception area feature ceiling panels were included to assist with acoustic control. A variety of meeting spaces lead of the reception area which can accommodate small casual meetings as well as large formal presentations. The meeting rooms can be altered by the use of operable walls to create a variety of configurations.

A large staff lunch and games room was created that provided a fully fitted kitchen and space for the table tennis table as well as a variety of seating configurations. Within the main office space a variety of workstation types were provided with offices, quiet rooms and break out areas. A collaborative work space at the centre of the floor plan was equipped with in-built storage, interchangeable seating blocks, white boards, pinboards and power and data to enable a flexible and collaborative work experience.

 

Heritage Asset Management Programme

Year: 2018
Client: NSW Department of Planning & Environment
Location: Various sites, Sydney NSW

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JPA&D are currently updating Conservation Management Plans and other Heritage documentation for multiple properties under the care of the NSW Department of planning.

 

Atherden Street, The Rocks

Year: 2018
Client: NSW Department of Planning & Environment
Location: The Rocks, Sydney NSW

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JPA&D are currently working with Place Management NSW to care for properties and public spaces in Sydney’s heritage and cultural precinct at The Rocks.

 

New Wallsend fire station opens

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Edited from Brodie Owen and Renee Valentine | Local News.
Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

At the official opening of the new station on Friday, station captain Robert Walker said the occasion marked a “momentous day” for Wallsend. “This infrastructure enables us to better serve the community of Wallsend,” he said.

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Dancers from Plattsburg Public School warming up ahead of the new Wallsend fire station’s opening on Friday.

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Legal Aid NSW

Years: to 2018
Client: Legal Aid NSW
Location: metropolitan & regional NSW

JPA&D have completed multiple office fit-out projects throughout the state for Legal Aid NSW, including offices at Bankstown, Burwood, Fairfield, Parramatta, Penrith, Gosford, Newcastle, Wollongong, and at their Head Offices in Sydney.

These projects required a detailed understanding of the client’s functional and security requirements, to provide an environment where cases can be discussed professionally and in confidence. Reception and Waiting areas have information displays and writing facilities; interview rooms and video conference rooms facilitate communication between solicitors and clients; open office areas for support staff link directly to reception, and provide cabinetry for sorting and filing correspondence. The reception counter and writing benches are set at both standing and accessible heights.

 

Wallsend Fire Station

Year: 2017
Client: Fire & Rescue NSW
Location: Wallsend, NSW

JPA&D were engaged by Fire and Rescue NSW through NSW Public Works, Hunter Region, to undertake the design and documentation of a new Fire Station at Wallsend near Newcastle.

The Wallsend Fire Station was designed to initially be utilised by retained fire fighters and permanent staff. However future expansion for a fully permanently staffed station also needed to be considered.
The site was challenging as it sloped away from the road and was affected by mine subsidence. Major work was undertaken to remediate the site and provide a level and stable earth platform for the construction of the building.

The brief required a new fire station to better meet the needs of firefighters serving the local community on the new site located at Summerland Road, Wallsend. The new facility provides a double engine bay, office and watch room to better meet operational needs. Modern male and female bathrooms and locker areas, fitness room, and accessible toilet facilities were also be provided. Storage for Personal Protection Equipment and Breathing Apparatus were incorporated within the engine bay. A Large Mess and Training room with associated kitchen facilities enhanced the staff facilities.

Water storage tanks, a solar hot water service and photo voltaic cells for electricity generation were also part of the works to offset the environmental foot print of the project.

 

Warrawong High School

The Illawarra Mercury

New Warrawong High School lift boosts its many students with a disability

Wollongong MP Paul Scully, student Borce Petreski and Warrawong High School principal Rick Coleman show off the school's new lift.
NEW LIFT: Wollongong MP Paul Scully, student Borce Petreski and Warrawong High School principal Rick Coleman show off the school’s new lift.

By Agron Latifi. Published: 7 September 2017.

The challenge to get to and from classes is now much easier for Borce Petreski and other Warrawong High School students with a disability. The installation of a $500,000 lift at the school means students such as Borce no longer have to rely so much on teachers aides to move around the school. Support unit head teacher Jeff Bailey said the much-needed lift also meant students would now be able to spend more time learning than actually commuting to class. Before the lift was installed the trip to classes cut about 10 minutes out of lesson time for students like 17-year-old Borce. ‘’The lift really was imperative for our school,’’ Mr Bailey said. ‘’We have the largest support unit on the South Coast. We have eight classes here for our 75 students with a disability. ‘’These kids need to access three different levels in the school to access our support classrooms which all have specific learning resources in them. ‘’The lift will be advantageous really to all our students as well as to our staff.’’ Mr Bailey praised principal Rick Coleman for his part in securing the lift for the school. ‘’It’s a win for students and the support staff,’’ he said.

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Illawarra Schools upgrade

Year: 2017
Client: NSW Department of Finance & Services
Location: Illawarra region, NSW

In 2016 JPA&D undertook the design of lifts, ramps and bathrooms to improve the quality of access to six schools in the Illawarra Region. The main focus was to increase access for students with disabilities.

All of the schools required ramps and some, notably at Nareena Hills Public School and Bomaderry High School had a requirement for ramps that were very extensive. The costs to construct the larger ramps in concrete would have been significant so JPA&D researched alternative materials that would provide robust performance, minimal maintenance and aesthetic appeal.

New lifts were provided at Warrawong and Illawarra Sports High and these were constructed externally to the existing structure but integrated with the existing building to provide direct access from existing corridor spaces.

Bathrooms were upgraded at Illawarra Sports High School and Bomaderry high School to provide new toilet, shower and change facilities for students with disabilities.

 

Castle Hill Discovery Centre

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Australian Museum on the move as its critters find a cool new place to call home

Peter Munro
Published: November 7, 2016

The hairy rhino is rolled out last of all the beasts from the back of the truck, then dispatched across the polished concrete floor. Every creature has its place in the scheme of things. Here, at the Australian Museum’s new storage centre, the stuffed Sumatran rhinoceros slots in neatly near a Komodo dragon and wallaroo.

The Castle Hill warehouse resembles a Noah’s Ark menagerie, without all that God stuff and two-by-two. Lions watch over lambs, seals sit near stoats, near badgers, near a reclining red kangaroo. Shelves are loaded with whale bones and plastic-wrapped baby leopards. Trolley-loads of specimens deliver new discoveries: marbled quails, black-tailed godwits, a Pondicherry partridge or two.

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“I’ve been moving stuff up and down the east coast for years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” remarks a removalist, after a close encounter with a tiger. “I move office furniture, mostly.”

Close to 250,000 specimens that don’t fit within the museum’s city site are filling its first custom-built off-site storage facility, under a joint venture between the Australian Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts and Science, and Sydney Living Museums. The government-funded Castle Hill site, at the Museums Discovery Centre, contains collections from all three museums.

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The new building housing the Australian Museum’s collection sits on 3000 square metres. The temperature is set at a mild 21 degrees, with relative humidity at 50 per cent.

If you squint, it could be an Ikea, albeit one containing 20,000 birds eggs, 150 seal skulls, 14 lemurs, two giraffes and a mounted ostrich. The building also houses much of the museum’s cultural collection, including paintings, canoes and 21,000 spears.

Managing the three-month move, which started in September, is Dr Anja Divljan, who has a PhD in flying fox ecology and usually works in the museum’s terrestrial vetebrates section. Stranger still, she likes moving. “It gives you an opportunity to declutter.”

Creatures are first packed in specially built stillages and frozen for seven days to kill any bugs, before being thawed and stored. Finding space for everything is a bit like Tetris, Divljan says. “I have tried to keep it neat but it’s an eclectic collection.”

The museum’s off-site stocks have moved at least six times since the 1970s, prompting chance discoveries such as an enormous sunfish inside a crate labelled “baby elephant”.

The Museums Discovery Centre offers public access to part of the collections of all three museums. The Australian Museum plans to hold guided tours of its own warehouse from next year.

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“Generally, the first question we get from visitors is: ‘Is that a real animal?’,” Divljan says. And the second question? “Did you kill it?”

Most of the material has come to Castle Hill from a temporary storage site in Lilyfield, inside an old parachute factory with no air conditioning or heating. I visit on a Monday morning, when natural sciences conservator Sheldon Teare is preparing seven pallets of whale skulls and skeletons for the move.

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He’s been readying the collection for removal from this aged building for more than a year, working through the winter dark and the wretched humidity of summer. “This place is pretty creepy, it makes some very weird noises,” he says. He’s not bothered by stuffed animals. “I don’t mind taxidermy eyes,” he says. “It’s paintings that freak me out – the eyes that follow you.”

We stroll past a white box marked “wallaby pink muffs”, a dinosaur turtle thing and several black plastic-wrapped stillages. “Inside those ones are two boxing red kangaroos,” he says. “There’s a lion in that one. This one could be almost anything.”

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Moving a museum was never going to be easy. Objects in the oversized collection are large, heavy and dusty. Each move risks damaging the collection. Teare prefers the creatures safe and sound on a shelf somewhere. But he seems to be in the swing of this whole moving thing.

Have you ever considered a career change, I ask. “I never want to move again,” he says.

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Museums Discovery Centre reopens

Historical treasures sit waiting to be discovered at the newly reopened Museums Discovery Centre

Stacey Roberts, Hills Shire Times

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Millions of treasures from the state collections can be viewed at the centre, ranging from engineering and architecture to science, art, transport, fashion and design, and health and technology.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant and Minister for Heritage Mark Speakman attended the launch of the redeveloped centre on Wednesday along with board members from each of the three museums.

Mr Grant said the upgrade was “significant money that has been exceptionally well spent”. “This is an excellent facility and it has wonderful, excellent exhibits contained in it,” he said. “They are diverse and they speak a lot about our history but also tell us a lot about what our future can be.”

Mr Speakman said the reopening of the centre was “a historic collaboration” between the three museums.

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“The display store here at the Museums Discovery Centre lets Sydney Living Museum showcase many significant items, that are either too large or too fragile for the house museums,” he said. “These are items that have rarely, if ever, been seen in public before and they include archaeological remnants from some of Sydney’s most important lost colonial buildings.”

Mr Speakman said the centre was a “fantastic new facility” for Greater Western Sydney. “It compliments Sydney Living Museum’s other two visitor experiences in Western Sydney, Elizabeth Farm and Rouse Hill House and Farm.”

MDC is open at 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill, every weekday.

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Click here for more details.

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Office of State Revenue

Year: 2016
Client: NSW Department of Finance & Services
Location: Parramatta, NSW

JPA&D were invited to design and document the refurbishment of two existing spaces for the Office of State Revenue to provide collaborative working environments.

The Collaborative Hub required a new meals area and flexible furniture with collaborative walls of pinboard and whiteboard to facilitate communication in collaborative working, meetings, conferences and seminars. JPA&D worked with the end users to develop a colour scheme to suit their tastes and developed furniture options to provide maximum moveability and flexibility. The design for the collaborative walls combined coloured strips of pinboard to create a dramatic effect as well as a useable wall space. A charge bench was designed to enable laptops and other items to be recharged without obstructing the floor or taking up workspace. Sophisticated audio visual equipment was incorporated into this space. The corridor was enlivened with new paint finishes, an upgraded tea prep bench and new colourful secure lockers.

On level 6 existing workstations were reconfigured and new colours were added. A new space was created that was lined with collaborative walls of striped pin board and white board and was separated from the workstations by a glass writable wall. Movable furniture in a bright colour palette enlivened the space and made it flexible for a variety of meeting and collaborative working types.

 

Powerhouse Museum Castle Hill Building I

Year: 2016
Client: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Location: Castle Hill NSW

 

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In 2014 JPA&D were engaged to design a massive 9000 square metre storage building known as Building I, to provide world class storage conditions for the collections of three of the state’s cultural institutions; The Australian Museum, Sydney Living Museums and The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

The facility houses a vast range of objects and materials so secure entry foyers and transit rooms have been provided for their safe movement and control, ensuring both vermin fee and climatic specific requirements are met. Office accommodation is provided for the specialists that care for and research the collections.

JPA&D were also engaged to undertake the design of the internal fitout of the storage facility. This included a diverse range of types of storage units to accommodate the variety of items held in the collections. Whilst some units were new others were already existing and needed to be refurbished to provide a fresh, clean and cohesive appearance. Special storage units were also designed to store doors, spears and other unusual items.

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Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences website

Ballina Fire Station

Year: 2015
Client: Fire & Rescue NSW
Location: Ballina, NSW

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JPA&D were engaged by Fire and Rescue NSW, through NSW Public Works, Hunter Region, to design and document the new Ballina Fire Station and Northern Rivers Zone office on a 4,659 sqm site in Ballina, NSW. The design provided for the relocation of the existing Ballina station firefighters, equipment and Zone Office staff to the new building which considered the needs for future expansion in the design.

The Fire Station provided for a double appliance (fire engine) bay, training and meal facilities, a control centre, office accommodation, a fitness room, amenities and storage for personal protection and other equipment. In the Zone Office flexible spaces for conferences and training opened out onto a screened courtyard. A large kitchen and staff amenities served both the conference component and the pen plan and cellular office spaces for staff.

The buildings for the two separate operations are linked with a covered breezeway which provides recreational space for those working in the buildings and is designed to enable co-mingling between the two groups.

Fundamental to the project was enabling improved response times, improved incident management, improved workplace health and safety for firefighters and creating functional space to meet the needs of the diverse staff and equipment of a modern fire service.

 

Fire & Rescue NSW website

 

Renault Haberfield

Year: 2014
Client: AMR Motors Pty Ltd
Location: Haberfield NSW

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Following work with Renault Australia to implement the Renault design standards locally, JPA&D were invited to undertake a significant refurbishment of an existing motor vehicle showroom for AMR motors and to develop it as a flagship Renault dealership. The concept involved the removal of the existing buildings roof, extension of the perimeter walls and addition of a new roof so as to provide a double height display space and a mezzanine level for offices as well as staff accommodation and facilities. This allows supervision of the display floor from the mezzanine level.

The ground floor is largely dedicated to the display of vehicles but also contains a sales office, reception counter, client waiting area and facilities. Renault corporate signage and display elements give the showroom the distinctive Renault look with the strong corporate yellow used for feature walls within the interior. Vehicle egress from the showroom is provided by a fold up glazed panel door that accentuates the thrill of new vehicle delivery. High performance glazing was used to meet the client requirements for extensive glazing on a facade that faced due west.

The basement of the building was refurbished to provide on-site vehicle storage, and emergency egress was upgraded to comply with current Australian standards.

Landscaping works were undertaken to allow for vehicle display and to provide screening to plant and equipment as well as to enhance the site presentation to the street.

 

AMR Renault website

 

Vision Australia Coorparoo

Completed: August 2010
Client: Vision Australia
Location: Coorparoo, Brisbane QLD

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A wide range of environmental initiatives were incorporated into the new facility for Vision Australia at Coorparoo in Queensland.

Designed in association with TVS Partnership in Brisbane, the building answered the core client requirement for equitable access, use and enjoyment. In addition Vision Australia’s commitment to environmentally responsible design was addressed by passive design strategies as well as underground rainwater tanks, solar panels to generate electricity, solar hot water and the careful selection of materials.

Vision Australia corporate colours and facilities standards combined with the architectural form and interior environments to create a strong aesthetic for this specialist facility.

Vision Australia’s website

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DFSI Level 9 MQT

Year: 2015
Client: The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Location: Parramatta, NSW

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Public Works NSW engaged JPA&D to design and document the reconfiguration of two existing floors so as to meet NSW Workplace and Properties new accommodation standards. Independent but thematically linked colour schemes were developed to identify the two distinct floor fitouts.

The design created an open plan, Activity Based Workplace with self-storage facilities for personnel‘s work output and belongings. Various styles of meeting spaces were incorporated into the design; enclosed acoustically treated conference rooms, medium and small meeting rooms, open plan collaborative spaces and stand up benches for brief discussions or standing work activities.

Collaborative spaces were developed in a variety of formats. ‘Collaborative Hubs’ were designed with high-backed lounge seating and coffee tables for small or impromptu meetings, whilst a ‘Collaborative Round’ provided a tiered space which incorporated hexagonal lounge seating and a standing bench to facilitate two-tiered participation in meetings and presentations. Sophisticated audio visual equipment was incorporated into this space.

 

The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI)

 

Wahroonga Pavilion

Year: 2013
Client: Private residence
Location: Wahroonga, NSW

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JPA&D, in conjunction with Ross Thornton Architect, were commissioned to design a guest pavilion located on a block of land neighbouring the client’s family home.

The new pavilion is sited to overlook the swimming pool and is surrounded by generous landscaped gardens, linked to the grounds of the family home by a set of sandstone stairs.

The external terrace of the pavilion, contained by a low level stone wall, provides a solid base to the architectural composition which is then countered by the cantilever of the bedroom, allowing the gardens to continue under the north end of the pavilion.

 

Mankind Melbourne

Year: 2015
Client: Mankind
Location: South Yarra, VIC

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Nearly ten years after JPA&D designed the first Mankind premises in Surry Hills, Sydney, the client again approached us to undertake design and documentation for a new Mankind premises in Melbourne. Mankind Melbourne offers male grooming, skin care and massage similar to the Sydney premises, but with the addition of an in-house barber. As with the Sydney store the client was passionately involved selecting fittings and key signature furniture pieces to help establish the atmosphere of the interior.

The premises in Toorak Road, South Yarra provided a variety of challenges and opportunities. The narrow site and a floor level raised above the street, necessitated detailed attention when planning the space in order to meet current building regulations. An existing saw-tooth roof was retained and utilised to provide natural light to the corridor and the bank of treatment rooms were constructed as a ‘box within a box’ to retain the wonderful light that the saw tooth roof provides.

The treatment rooms contain custom made joinery with a hand basin, storage and a built in seat for customers to use when removing their shoes. Small details such as clothes hanging and a well-lit full length mirror add to the convenience of the customer experience.

As in Sydney, the polished concrete floor answered the requirements of both aesthetics and serviceability and the signature recessed display shelves that had been developed for the Sydney store were revisited in Melbourne to provide retail display with concealed storage below.
Thought and care was taken with the design to create a relaxing, welcoming and professional ambiance and lighting and finishes were developed in close consultation with the client to again create a fresh, clean aesthetic that it synonymous with the Mankind brand.

 

Mankind website

 

Powerhouse Museum Castle Hill Display Building

Year: 2016
Client: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Location: Castle Hill NSW

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The Display building, the second phase in the redevelopment of the Castle Hill site, provides a space for the display of items from the various collections.

The façade of the building has a steel frame that evokes the surrounding trees and reflects the history of the site as a eucalypt plantation. The tree motif is accentuated by the perforated aluminium panels that provide shading to the upper part of the façade. A zinc box provides the entry route through the steel trees into the interior of the space via a ramp lined with hoop pine ply panels.

The initial double height space leads through to two levels that connect back into Building E.

 

Powerhouse Museum
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences website

 

DFSI Level 8 MQT

Year: 2015
Client: The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Location: Parramatta, NSW

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Public Works NSW engaged JPA&D to design and document the reconfiguration of two existing floors so as to meet NSW Workplace and Properties new accommodation standards. Independent but thematically linked colour schemes were developed to identify the two distinct floor fitouts.

The design created an open plan, Activity Based Workplace with self-storage facilities for personnel‘s work output and belongings. Various styles of meeting spaces were incorporated into the design; enclosed acoustically treated conference rooms, medium and small meeting rooms, open plan collaborative spaces and stand up benches for brief discussions or standing work activities.

Collaborative spaces were developed in a variety of formats. ‘Collaborative Hubs’ were designed with high-backed lounge seating and coffee tables for small or impromptu meetings, whilst a ‘Collaborative Round’ provided a tiered space which incorporated hexagonal lounge seating and a standing bench to facilitate two-tiered participation in meetings and presentations. Sophisticated audio visual equipment was incorporated into this space.

 

The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI)

 

Trade Skills Centre Ashcroft

Year: 2016
Client: NSW Department of Education & Communities
Location: Ashcroft, NSW

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Having previously undertaken work on Trade Skills Centres in Western Sydney and the Illawarra region, JPA&D were pleased to be engaged to design and document nineteen trade skills centres in 2015. Facilities to promote training in the areas of hospitality, metalwork and construction were undertaken at locations stretching from Moruya on the New South Wales south coast to Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast. The projects included a mix of project types, refurbishment of existing facilities and new-build projects including new trade skills classrooms and covered outdoor work areas (COWA’s).

New build projects such as the new construction facility at Ashcroft High School included storage areas for tools and equipment, a small room for planning projects and a well-equipped work area with ducted dust extraction. The internal work area and material store opened onto a secure covered outdoor work area. Sturdy materials such as split faced concrete block and profiled steel cladding were used to create a robust building and a dramatic downturn to the roof form provided additional weather protection to the outdoor work area.

 

Annandale House

Year: 2014
Client: Private residence
Location: Annandale, NSW

This small treasure of a house in one of Annandale’s premier tree lined streets underwent a major transformation at the hands of JPA&D’s Senior Design Architect Ross Thornton.

The heritage elements to the front of the house were refined and enhanced by detailed repairs to the plasterwork, joinery and windows grilles. Recycled blackbutt flooring was use throughout the house. The rear of the house was reconfigured to provide a modern bathroom and kitchen, with an open planned lounge area that flows, via sliding doors, onto the leafy rear courtyard. Custom joinery in the kitchen uses matching blackbutt veneer, and contains surprising compartments for the storage of fragile items such as wine glasses.

 

Annandale House

Year: 2014
Client: Private residence
Location: Annandale, NSW

Annandale House

This small treasure of a house in one of Annandale’s premier tree lined streets underwent a major transformation at the hands of JPA&D’s Senior Design Architect Ross Thornton.

The heritage elements to the front of the house were refined and enhanced by detailed repairs to the plasterwork, joinery and windows grilles. Recycled blackbutt flooring was use throughout the house. The rear of the house was reconfigured to provide a modern bathroom and kitchen, with an open planned lounge area that flows, via sliding doors, onto the leafy rear courtyard. Custom joinery in the kitchen uses matching blackbutt veneer, and contains surprising compartments for the storage of fragile items such as wine glasses.

 

Trade Skills Centres Sydney metro

Year: 2015
Client: NSW Department of Education & Communities
Location: Sydney metropolitan area, NSW

Having previously undertaken work on Trade Skills Centres in Western Sydney and the Illawarra region, JPA&D were pleased to be engaged to design and document nineteen trade skills centres in 2015. Facilities to promote training in the areas of hospitality, metalwork and construction were undertaken at locations stretching from Moruya on the New South Wales south coast to Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast. The projects included a mix of project types, refurbishment of existing facilities and new-build projects including new trade skills classrooms and covered outdoor work areas (COWA’s).

Trade Skills Centre Granville

Year: 2015
Client: NSW Department of Education & Communities
Location: Ashcroft, NSW

Having previously undertaken work on Trade Skills Centres in Western Sydney and the Illawarra region, JPA&D were pleased to be engaged to design and document nineteen trade skills centres in 2015. Facilities to promote training in the areas of hospitality, metalwork and construction were undertaken at locations stretching from Moruya on the New South Wales south coast to Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast. The projects included a mix of project types, refurbishment of existing facilities and new-build projects including new trade skills classrooms and covered outdoor work areas (COWA’s).

New build projects such as the new construction facility at Granville High School included storage areas for tools and equipment, and a well-equipped work area with ducted dust extraction. The internal work area and material store opened onto a secure covered outdoor work area.

 

Trade Skills Centre Canley Vale

Year: 2015
Client: NSW Department of Education & Communities
Location: Canley Vale, NSW

Having previously undertaken work on Trade Skills Centres in Western Sydney and the Illawarra region, JPA&D were pleased to be engaged to design and document nineteen trade skills centres in 2015. Facilities to promote training in the areas of hospitality, metalwork and construction were undertaken at locations stretching from Moruya on the New South Wales south coast to Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast. The projects included a mix of project types, refurbishment of existing facilities and new-build projects including new trade skills classrooms and covered outdoor work areas (COWA’s).

New build projects such as the new construction facility at Canley Vale High School included storage areas for tools and equipment, and a well-equipped work area with ducted dust extraction. The internal work area and material store opened onto a secure covered outdoor work area.

 

Powerhouse Museum Castle Hill Building E

Year: 2015
Client: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Location: Castle Hill NSW

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The internal refurbishment of Building E, at the Museum’s Discovery Centre Castle Hill, was the first phase in the development of a significant new cultural facility in the area. It provides educational and staff facilities including a theatrette, video classroom facility, office space and staff facilities as well as a generous reception area to accommodate large groups. Within these spaces designed for people rather than objects, the colours are striking, with strong oranges and ochres to contrast with the neutral tones of storage and display spaces. Environmental responsibility is important to both JPA&D and to this client team and materials were selected that had recycled content, were recyclable or were biodegradable.

Associated with the internal refurbishment is a new entry to the building to accommodate large groups of visitors. From a new bus drop-off zone, a path leads through the trees to a covered entry ramp that guides the visitors to the buildings entry and the newly refurbished interior.

 

Powerhouse Museum
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences website

 

Caroline Chisholm School

Year: 2015
Client: NSW Public Works
Location: Padstow, NSW

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Caroline Chisholm School provides an educational environment for students with moderate to high support needs and prepares them to live and work as independently as possible in the wider community. JPA&D were engaged to help the school achieve its aims through the provision of new wheelchair accessible change rooms and toilet facilities connected to the existing swimming pool.

An angled plan form was developed to provide clear site lines and afford easy supervision of students whilst being contained within the existing swimming pool zone. An exaggerated roof form provided a covered area next to the pool and increased the surface area available for of solar heating of the pool water.

The Change room facilities contained showers, toilets and hand basins as well as a wall mounted change table and an X-Y transverse ceiling mounted hoist for the assistance of those students in wheelchairs.

Additional works to the grounds around the pool area were undertaken to provide new fencing and gate access to the pool area, concrete aprons up to the pool edge and a new hoist for student pool access.

 

Clinical Excellence Commission

Year: 2015
Client: Clinical Excellence Commission
Location: Sydney, NSW

Clinical Excellence Commission

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In 2014 The Clinical Excellence Commission needed to find new premises due to the sale of the building they occupied. JPA&D were again invited to design and document an interior environment for them. This involved the partial reworking of an existing fitout in their new premises with the design of significant new elements to meet the client’s requirements.

Existing workstations, loose furniture, storage and equipment, were assessed for reuse in the new fitout which was consolidated onto a single floor tenancy. Publicly accessible areas for educational seminars, breakout spaces and conference rooms were created and kept separate from secure staff areas.

By combining the reception and breakout areas as multi-functional space, with sliding doors to facilitate acoustic separation, the design created multiple flexible spaces within the public areas of the tenancy.

Staff accommodation was increasingly open-plan with an allocation of quiet rooms for the accommodation of work tasks requiring privacy and a percentage of sit-to-stand desks were incorporated within the open plan area to afford users a greater choice of work postures.

 

Clinical Excellence Commission website