Greenway was pleased to be the lead Consultant for the development of this new facility at Roxby Downs. The project is to be the first stage of a new justice precinct which will include a future Courthouse and administrative facilities. The site has been master planned by Greenway so that these future developments will integrate both functionally and aesthetically. The new Police Station contains a Cell Complex, Public Foyer and interface areas, stores, interview rooms, amenities areas, meeting rooms and work areas for SAPOL. Design imperatives of security, durability, a strong civic presence, welcoming to the community, and a strong regional aesthetic were all elements built into the project.
Particular attention has been paid to construction methodologies to minimise the impact on project budget with the high cost of labour in such a remote regional area. Recognition of harsh and severe climatic conditions were considered in the design so that a comfortable, yet energy efficient, outcome resulted. While there is no GreenStar tool to measure the performance of Police Stations, which are unique because of their need for security and the detention of prisoners, our Design Team made every effort to minimise the environmental impact of this building.
Initiatives, which were assessed and adopted, included Energy Conservation through a complex air conditioning system with life cycle cost benefits and reduction in CO2 emissions, high efficiency lighting used with sophisticated lighting controls to reduce usage, and Photovoltaic panels. Water conservation and usage was addressed via the collection of rainwater via a three tank system capable of providing 27,000 litres of storage to be used for toilet flushing with a total of up to 2,000KL of water collected and reused each year.
The building is designed to be a Post Disaster Facility, and that affected material selections. A simple palette of materials has been selected with excellent insulative properties for the external envelope and all glazing is solar protected. Internally, materials have been selected with recycling capability or recycled content, with low VOC carpets and finishes. Materials have been selected to achieve thermal mass which will be of benefit in this inland environment where night time temperatures can be very low.
The project was constructed on time and within budget, becoming operational in December 2010, and formally opened in April 2011.