Demolition underway at the Brighton Primary STEM project. Lots of activity over the school holidays as all of the noisy work is undertaken.
A very small project that is having a big impact on our waistlines. Simple, cost effective materials were used for a shop fit out that is both the retail and manufacturing facility. The Saudade team make one product; 'Pasteis de Nata' or Portuguese Custard Tarts. Once you have had one, you realise there is no need for them to ever make anything else.. A lot of equipment is required to make one small 'Nata', so careful planning was required to ensure efficient, safe work flows were optimised.
As part of the Significant Refurbishment project, Dunbar Homes are upgrading key areas within their aged care facility. The new reception, administration area, cafe, dining and courtyard will provide a central focus that is welcoming to residents, family and visitors. Materials and design are light and bright with a 'beach house meet boutique hotel' theme.
Three sketches of the new stair core at the Wirreanda STEM project. The stair not only links two floors but also provides tiered seating for presentations, meetings and discussion. Exposed slab and services above with suspended 'acoustic clouds' creates a space already referred to by the school as 'the hive'.
Our three STEM projects are currently under construction. Demolition is forging ahead with critical activities underway during the school holidays. This includes cutting the first floor slab at two of the sites to provide an internal stair linkage between the STEM areas.
A new operating theatre as part of early works at Ashford Hospital is now complete and commissioned. This is the first component of a multi stage refurbishment that will touch most parts of the existing hospital.
St Andrews Hospital Eastern Clinical Development has finally reached Practical Completion! Interior lights illuminating and activating the exterior streetscape and plaza of the Southern facade during dusk.
The St Andrews Hospital Eastern Clinical Development is in the final stages of construction with 200 construction staff on site each day. The zinc clad geometry of the bedroom window 'reveals' subtly changes colour during the day reflecting the bluestone and slate materials of the adjacent heritage listed Waverley House.
Working closely with the Flinders Private Hospital executive and Theatre staff and aligned with SA Healths Transforming Health policy, wiltshire and swain designed and documented the refurbishment of an existing procedure room to provide a new state of the art operating theatre. Located within the the existing theatre precinct, the upgrade also provides new holding bays, revised sterile store and improved workflows and circulation. This fast tracked project was designed and constructed within a 10 week time frame with minimal impact on existing operating theatre activity.
Wiltshire + swain have been appointed to assist DECD with the delivery of 3 STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) centres across 3 school sites. The STEM approach is closely aligned with our own research and is highlighted in the recent spaces we have designed for the university and secondary education sectors. These contemporary learning spaces reflect the STEM principles highlighted in the DECD planning guide noted here;
Education facilities should inspire innovation and creativity, stimulate children’s imagination, engage, challenge and arouse curiosity, reflect emerging technologies, enable educators to deliver programs in flexible ways as well as meeting environmental, security, maintenance and economic parameters. Education facilities should have the ability to accommodate potential futures, not merely reflect the past. DECD STEM Works 'Guiding Principals for Contemporary Learning Facilities,' July 2016.
Finished and occupied for six months, the Warriapendi Trade Training Centre is performing well, with post occupancy commentary being very positive. The distinctive strata of the rammed earth wall has been embraced by one of our clients and will soon re-appear as a key element within the residential project we have designed for them..
With three levels of underground car parking complete, the St Andrews Eastern Development is about to get out of the ground. The installation of the ground level slab formwork is underway so we will begin to see the building start to take shape. The project remains on track for completion by the end of the year.
Extract from the AGFMA newsletter focussing on the Wirreanda Senior Space. Always gratifying when the client speaks so enthusiastically about a project. - (We should note the before shots are at the bottom...)
Warriappendi Trade Training Centre is now complete and commissioned. This compact building packs a punch in regards to street presence and what it offers the school students and wider community. The cohesive colour palate links the outside and inside, while the rammed earth wall anchors the building to its site. The commercial kitchen connects to a flexible space that can be used as a classroom or a dining area. wiltshire + swain are proud to be involved with this aspirational project. More images can be found on our instagram account.
The Wirreanda Senior Space is now complete and ready for the year 11's and 12's to move in. This flexible learning area has a variety of seat, booth and bench configurations allowing for individual and group learning. Its bright, its fresh and its flexible. We get great satisfaction from refurbishing a tired, dark unwelcoming space into something like this. Great client, fun project.
The Warriappendi Trade Skills Centre is close to completion with finishing trades on site. The customised layering utilised in the stabilised earth wall construction brings warmth, texture and a beautiful 'sense of place' to the internal spaces. Looking forward to uploading the completed project pictures.
Managing contractor Mossop Construction + Interiors and civil subcontractors Wagstaff Piling and McMillan Contracting are currently undertaking the in-ground works which will form the eastern clinical developments underground car park and will allow the subsequent construction of the clinical areas above ground.
The in-ground construction must be designed, both to retain the surrounding soil and also to create a water proof barrier against the artesian water which flows beneath the Adelaide plains. To achieve this a diaphragm wall construction has been implemented by the design team. A series of narrow and very deep trenches are excavated around the perimeter of the building, which are progressively filled with an engineering fluid to prevent the trenches collapsing or filling with water. Once the trench has reached the required depth steel reinforcing is dropped in and concrete is pumped into the base of the trench progressively displacing the engineering fluid.
By installing the diaphragm walls to a depth of 16 metres below ground level, the diaphragm wall anchors into the water impervious Hindmarsh Clay soil stratum creating a water proof barrier against artesian water which flows in the shallower Alluvium and keswick Clay soil stratums.
Once the diaphragm wall is complete, excavation of the soil will commence with over 16,000 cubic metres of fill (soil) being removed in the works, enough soil to fill over six Olympic swimming pools. This fill will be recycled for use on other construction projects within South Australia.
Construction has commenced on the new St. Andrews Hospital Eastern Clinical Development. The new building will contain a 200 space underground car park, day surgery unit, 28 bed ward with landscaped courtyard and staff gym. The day surgery unit will provide the hospital with 2 new operating theatres, 3 procedure rooms and 2 angiography rooms. Due for completion in late 2017, the facility will compliment the hospitals existing excellent facilities and offer staff, visitors and patients a safe, sophisticated, state of the art healthcare environment.
Sad news of the death of architect Zaha Hadid. She has inspired a generation of architects, sculptors and painters, particularly in the way she integrated idea and form. Her installation within the Arsenale at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale was a highlight, The image shows one of a series of suspended, floating sculptural forms reflecting the 'frozen movement' that her buildings also exhibit, this time free'd from the weight of gravity.
wiltshire + swain have assisted uniSA in their process of consolidating several staff groups within refurbished space in the city. The new accommodation is located on the ground floor of a busy city street. Several noise attenuating strategies have been implemented included the retrofitting of a glazing system to existing windows in order to reduce the infiltration of street noise. The final fit out is near identical to the digital render as shown in the planning section of this site. This greatly assisted the university staff to visualise and plan their new space.