Mining Engineering and Transport Centre
The Mining Engineering and Transport Centre at Regency TAFE included the redevelopment of a large portion of the existing site and building infrastructure, to collocate students and staff from three other metropolitan campuses. Clever planning and reuse of existing facilities saw 19,000m2 of workshop, office and classroom space adaptively reused for the delivery of a changing and highly technical curriculum.
The works were also supported with the addition of 3,000m2 of new building necessary for the delivery of learning opportunities and exposures to technologies that couldn’t be undertaken within the existing building envelopes. The concept for the facade pattern is inspired by the large triangulated tyre tread patterns of the heavy vehicles which was then abstracted into the structure of the cladding. Utilising other pattern forms, materials and a palette of finishes that complemented the nature of the trades being taught within, Greenway has created a state of the art educational facility, out of the shell and skeleton of the existing building.
This adaptive repurposing has effectively, and environmentally appropriately, given another 30 years of use out of the site. It also supports collaboration across previously separate learning groups, and brings efficiency in spatial utilisation.