The new Noarlunga Ambulance Station is located such that the vehicles exiting the garage are in the optimal position to minimise response time onto the road and through the traffic lights. An efficiently planned footprint is broken into three volumes wrapping around a central courtyard. All the important spaces such as the group training room, staff office, crew room and kitchen face north with the study facing south.
The internal courtyard has several functions, providing passive ventilation and views to ‘biofilia', working as a flexible private space for staff to break while on call, and also as an overflow external medical training space. Prefinished materials such as precast concrete, colorbond cladding and insulated panel roofing as chosen to minimise maintenance costs in the marine environment.
ESD features include good cross ventilation, CO monitoring linked to high level windows to mitigate requirement for mechanical ventilation in the ambulance bay, energy efficient lighting, water fixtures (and re-use), bike parking facilities, and environmentally friendly internal finished selections.