Point Wilson Waterside Infrastructure Remediation
CPB Contractors, for Department of Defence
Point Wilson, VIC
Architectus worked with managing contractor CPB to deliver the Point Wilson Waterside Infrastructure Remediation project for the Australian Department of Defence.
Point Wilson is an explosives storage facility at the western end of Port Philip Bay, Victoria. The property has a 2.4 kilometre-long jetty used for loading and unloading explosive ordnance. To economically return the Point Wilson Explosive Area (PWEA) back to operational status, the existing pier piles were retained and a new jetty structure constructed, including an amenity support facility at the end of the pier and an auxiliary pumphouse on shore.
Amenity Support Facility
The design concept for the Amenity Support Facility emerges from the desire to provide functional, fit-for-purpose facilities. The design offers good economy in relation to floor area, construction techniques, build-ability and finishes while achieving necessary functional requirements, including work flow patterns and provision of safe and healthy work environments. Better building environments offer healthier, more livable spaces that save resources and impact less on the surrounding environments.
ESD principles adopted in the design include natural ventilation, insulation systems to floors, walls and ceilings and external shading to provide solar control to glazing.
Marine environments frequently produce weather conditions resulting in low visibility for approaching shipping. To ensure the facility is as visible as possible, the external chequerboard pattern colours of White Duck (off-white) and Fiery Glow (orange) were selected based on the international marine signal flag ‘you are standing into danger’.
Landside Auxiliary Pumphouse
The Pumphouse is located within the existing landside administration area and supports the fire services systems to protect the waterside infrastructure. The small building is located within an environmentally sensitive coastal area and provides a high level of acoustic treatment and a muted, recessive colour scheme.