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.
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.
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.
Dancers from Plattsburg Public School warming up ahead of the new Wallsend fire station’s opening on Friday.
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.
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.
New Warrawong High School lift boosts its many students with a disability
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.
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.