An office and laboratory and administration complex at DSTO Salisbury was planned and documented by Woods Bagot. This included an upgrade of services and infrastructure over a large complex site with a range of buildings and infrastructure. Numerous stakeholders and conflicting user requirements were managed through a lengthy PWC process and additional hearing to cover planning amendments.
Refined concept planning achieved AUD 2m savings, greater flexibility, additional covered area and reduced operating costs through linear layout with internal enclosed mall. The 30% design balanced ESD, security and future flexibility using a double envelope modular design for a new Defence School of Signals school.
The resultant built form offered natural daylight into high security areas to improve thermal comfort and thereby reduce mechanical heating and cooling. Through close liaison with Defence, and clever design, Woods Bagot set new LIA precedence. A reduced number of accommodation solutions enabled space savings through the provision of flexible accommodation that met requirements for more than one class of student.
This facility required complex physical and electronic security, monitoring and access control. All aspects of the project were designed and constructed in accordance with Defence security requirements and endorsed by the Defence Security Branch.