DELWP Gellibrand Office and Depot

Client

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Completed

2015

Location

Gellibrand

Budget

4.4 million

Areas

Architecture
Interior Design
Masterplanning
Project Management

Winner: 2016 Master Builders Victoria Regional Award – Best Commercial Building $3-6m

In 2013 FMSA Architecture was engaged to provide project management and architectural services for the upgrade of the existing DELWP office & depot site at Gellibrand.

Located approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Colac in the Otways region of south west Victoria, the facility provides a key fire and land management function. The facility played a supporting role in the 2015 / 2016 fires that caused significant damage in the Lorne / Wye River area.

The site itself has a bushfire overlay and is also located in an area of environmental significance. After some consideration a design that balanced optimal site layout, traffic management, vegetation removal and design for a bushfire prone site was agreed upon. Vegetation offsets were required as part of the planning process. The low-density residential nature of the land surrounding the site also required a site plan that considered the amenity of adjoining residential properties located in close proximity to the depot.

The close proximity of the neighbours was factored into the siting of the new office, sheds, roads and other key ordinance. Most of the old redundant buildings and facilities were demolished to make way for the new site layout. The project also required careful staging to ensure that the site remained fully operational for DELWP throughout the construction period.

Following the improvements the Gellibrand Office & Depot now has a more efficient, safer, compliant and pleasant working environment for both field and office staff.

In summary the final site layout is informed by a combination of issues as follows:

 

  • Traffic circulation (including the requirement to house semi-trailers)
  • DELWP functional requirements including storage of dangerous goods & hazardous substances (DGHS)
  • Clear delineation of staff & visitor zones
  • Environmental considerations
  • Design for bushfire
  • Site slope
  • Stormwater management
  • Waste management
  • Residential neighbours

 

The functional brief is as follows:

  • New Office & Amenities Building
  • New sheds inclusive of storage.
  • New drive through wash bay
  • New dangerous goods and hazardous substances storage area
  • New Fuel Store & external distillation area.
  • New Staff Carpark
  • New Visitor’s Carpark
  • New Redplate Carpark
  • New Burnmix Trailer Store
  • New Road Mix Rock Bins

 

The adopted environmental strategies include:

  • Orientation of the office building for passive heating and cooling
  • A 20Kw solar array mounted to the roof of the office building
  • Capacity to zone the office building reducing energy usage in off peak periods
  • Stormwater harvesting for reuse
  • Use of recycled concrete / recycled asphalt hardstand
  • Indigenous, drought tolerant lanscape
  • Low energy electrical fittings and sensor switched office lighting

 

Following the improvements the Gellibrand Office & Depot now has a more efficient, safer, compliant and pleasant working environment for both field and office staff.

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