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Armadale Offices

We have just finished rendering out the concept design for an Armadale Office project.  This was a fantastic chance to flex our design muscles and focus on blending a very large building into the edge of the business area.  After testing out dozens of schemes, we’ve uploaded our two favourite concepts below.  

A Touch of History.

One of our director’s, Carl Payne, was going through our archives and has discovered this forgotten gem!  One of the very rewarding aspects of designing buildings for local communities is the interaction and immediate effect that our work can have on a place.  This drawing is the result of the Lance Holt School children’s drawing class, with a just little bit of colour added by us.  The school made a great card out of it for the opening of the building!

Goldfields Offices to be Documented

Donovan Payne’s concept design has been reviewed by funding committees and we are expecting to proceed to full documentation over the next few months.

This exciting project will be focused on material efficiency, as building out in rural areas means that all materials must be trucked to site – a very long drive! To aid this process, we will be making use of pre-fabricated composite wall panels and roof panels. These panels come with extremely high insulation properties that will protect the building from the harsh Leonora sun.

One of the most difficult and interesting aspects of the design was fitting the building in with century-old historical buildings which will stand for a long time into the future. We didn’t want to force historical qualities onto this modern new facility, however it needed to fit onto the site and into the streetscape.

Our focus has been on using glue-laminated timber and perforated aluminium screening to give the building a strong modern appearance, […]

Bold Park Aquatic Centre Ready for Tender

Bold Park Aquatic is now nearing tender time, and we should hopefully see some construction begin within 3 months. It’s a very exciting time at Donovan Payne as we are gearing up to take on more new sustainable technologies.

Bold Park Aquatic Centre will be a major improvement over the current centre, with an all-new 10 lane 50 metre pool; a warmer all-weather leisure pool; creche and multi-purpose room; and local cafe.

The pools will be heated by an all-new solar hot water array, significantly reducing operating costs over the next 30 years. Donovan Payne has put the focus on sustainable materials, and will be using extensive amounts of Radiata Pine Glulam and Hoop Pine plywood in the design. These fast-growth species are certified by the Forestry Sustainability Council, and are regularly replanted to ensure that we are protecting our forests.

The design will maximize natural ventilation and natural light, so that the centre’s running costs can be kept as low as […]

Mandurah Aquatic Centre Ready for Construction

The Mandurah Aquatic Centre Tender will be completing over the next few weeks and will be gearing up to start construction.  This exciting project will take roughly 17 months to complete.

The newly refurbished centre will include a new 50 metre lap pool, new club room facilities, spectator seating, a new leisure pool, and a refurbished 25 metre pool.  Our focus has been on bringing the centre into the 21st century with a modern and inviting facade, as well as a clean and accessible interior.  The entire project will be accessible to people with disabilities by incorporating pool ramps and a universal floor height throughout.  At the request of the City of Mandurah, Donovan Payne has also designed a ‘Changing Places Room’.  This room meets a much higher level of care for people with learning disabilities and will help the entire community to enjoy the new facilities.

We are very excited to get the project started!

 

Update:

We are […]

Bold Park Aquatic Walkthrough Complete

Donovan Payne has recently completed the Schematic Design phase for Bold Park Aquatic in Western Australia.

 

The design consists of a new 10-lane 50 metre pool with full disabled access; a new all-weather leisure pool and community leisure areas; and a new administration building with a large cafe space serving both swimmers and park trail walkers.  At the heart of the building will be a new iconic entrance that will sit naturally in the bush landscape and give a unique identity to the facilities.  The aim is to create a sense of pride in the local users to maximise usage and increase the centre’s viability.

 

The emphasis has been on providing solid passive solar design by maximizing indirect day-lighting without admitting any hot direct sunlight.  The main areas will all have access to good natural ventilation as well as benefiting from a large portion of locally-sourced materials.  In addition to its passive features, a large evacuated-tube solar farm will be placed […]

Mandurah Out to Tender

 

It has been just under a year of consultation, briefing, designing and drafting at the Mandurah Aquatic Recreation Centre; and now finally we’re out to tender!

 

The refurbished aquatic centre involves the addition of a new leisure pool, tots pool, waterplay zone, casual spa, dedicated spa, 50 metre pool, change rooms, and new building facades!  It is one of the largest projects Donovan Payne has executed in 2013 and we are very excited to get the builders on site.  Subject to a successful tender, building will commence in early 2014.

 

 

Ryde Olympic Aquatic Centre

 

Ryde Aquatic Centre is better known to most people as the Sydney 2000 Olympic water polo venue.  This exceptionally large aquatic venue had a very demanding set of requirements as it needed to fulfill two quite separate functions:  Firstly, it had to present Australia on the world stage as a high-technology world-standard olympic venue; but secondly it had to function as a fully working community aquatic and sporting facility after the Olympics, while maintaining economic feasability.

 

Extensive briefing of the client and stakeholders was the key to Donovan Payne Architects’ success.  This involved defining the exact requirements of not only known users, but projected future conditions as well.  Ryde Aquatic Centre now consists of 25 and 50 metre pools, wave pool, water play areas, spa and sauna facilities, disability program pool, turbo channel, sporting courts and facilities, gymnasium, offices, and cafe spaces.  To this day, Ryde stands as one of the largest and most successful aquatic centres in Australia.

 

Murray Leisure Centre

 

Murray Leisure Centre was designed with a focus on Environmentally Sustainable Principles.  The local council needed a large set of facilities that could run very efficiently, without sacrificing on function.  Donovan Payne Architects believe that to generate truly sustainable design, it must be incorporated from the outset of the project.  Passive design measures were fully employed, including ample natural daylighting, low internal solar radiation, large natural ventilation, calculated use of louvres and thermal loads, and low-conduction transparent materials instead of glass.

 

The result has been a very large aquatic complex that needs very little artificial lighting and ventilation, and provides and excellent comfort level both visually and environmentally for the community.  The shire of Murray is reaping the rewards of sustainable design through lower running costs, and higher environmental satisfaction of both the pool users and the staff who need to use the space every day.

 

Leonora Aquatic Centre

 

Leonora Aquatic Centre is probably most famous for is Donovan Payne custom-design Noddy car in the leisure pool.  This waterplay element has proved so popular that several copies have popped up in other locations around Australia!

Leonora, situated in the Western Australian gold fields, is an icon of remote, rural communities.  Donovan Payne Architects have done several projects in Leonora, building a strong rapport with the shire, and its stakeholders.  The remoteness of the location make it a challenging job to execute, however we have developed strong systems for remote Architects work.  Donovan Payne developed a comprehensive plan for meetings, phone, and email contact with the client and stakeholders to ensure that the briefing process was thorough and accurate.

The extreme weather conditions that Leonora experiences meant that Donovan Payne had to develop strong passive environmental strategies from the outset of the project.  Combined with the strong client contact, and appropriate material and construction selections, we were able to create a […]