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NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Liverpool, Sydney

DEM was appointed by the Department of Justice to provide design services for relocation of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) from 

33 Moore Street to 35 Scott Street, Liverpool. The relocation provided an opportunity for spatial optimisation and improved security and AV infrastructure vital to the ongoing cohesive upgrade of NCAT sites within NSW. The new facility includes five conciliation rooms, three hearing rooms, registers office space, highly secure office areas and sheriff, reception and secure amenities. The new NCAT facility was designed to accommodate a fluctuation of occupants from 15 staff to 200 staff + public combined.

Juvenile Justice, Surry Hills, Sydney

DEM collaborated with the Department of Justice and Juvenile Justice on relocation of their offices from Kippax Street to Cooper Street. The initial schematic design layouts were developed through a series of stakeholder meetings and aimed to provide a space for youth which was relatable and broke away from traditional standards.

Light, ceiling and wall treatments were selected to provide a unified, robust design with a focus on scale of space to reinforce varying functions. The standard branding and finishes palette were challenged by incorporating innovative colour and lighting to signify utilisation of space. In the initial stages, complex security requirements were integrated into the space planning to ensure that clear security was provided between the public reception/lounge/meeting areas and secure office and meeting spaces at back of house.

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Department of Justice, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Following an evaluation of existing office accommodation, the Department of Justice identified a need to provide improved facilities for the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), which would meet their requirements well into the future. The Masonic Centre at 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney was selected as a prime office location based on its proximity to other government services and the NCAT head office.

DEM was commissioned to design and document the refurbishment of Levels 14 to 17 of the Centre, changing the use of the four floors from commercial to public use. Work encompassed the design of staff offices, Conciliation Rooms, Hearing Rooms, storage/ utilities and breakout facilities as well as a secure entry with reception and waiting areas.

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Transgrid, Sydney

Transgrid is the owner, operator and manager of high voltage electricity transmission throughout NSW. Protection of the environment is a fundamental aspect associated with all Transgrid activities.

As part of the upgrade of Transgrid’s head office, DEM incorporated a range of environmentally sustainable design features such as water saving devices and environmentally sustainable materials, furniture and filing. Initiatives also included the introduction of energy efficient T5 light fittings with electronic ballasts, time and occupancy based lighting controls and consolidation of shared office equipment. The changes improved the energy efficiency performance of Transgrid’s tenancy and will reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions (including 6% greenpower) to around 265 tonnes CO2pa, from 500 tonnes.

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Ausgrid Learning Centre, Silverwater, Sydney

Ausgrid’s Learning Centre was the first project in Australia to be awarded both a 6 Star Green Star Education Design v1 certified rating and an As Built v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. 

The 15,000m² campus-style centre provides a state-of-the-art education facility for one of the largest groups of apprentices in training in New South Wales. It incorporates a range of flexible teaching spaces including multipurpose classrooms, workshops, technical labs, research labs and an interactive library.

The sustainable design features incorporated in the Learning Centre have produced a building with approximately 60% less energy usage and 53% less water usage compared to a benchmark building.

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Ku-ring-gai Council Building Refurbishment, Gordon

DEM was commissioned by Ku-ring-gai Council to design and document a new Council Chambers and offices over three floors adjacent to Council’s existing building on the Pacific Highway, Gordon. The design reflects a sense of place and history and draws upon geometric forms to create a cohesive yet multifaceted solution. The design also accommodates a range of services as well as workspaces that feature a high degree of flexibility. Workspace open plan areas were kept to the perimeter to maximise natural light to the office and breakout spaces. The selected finishes palette, with subtle bursts of natural colours, responds to the surrounding natural environment.

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Social Housing, Sydney 

DEM has completed design and documentation of landscape architectural upgrade works for a number of Department of Housing sites in Sydney including:

Sturt Street, Telopea – issues addressed included visibility from dwellings, pedestrian and vehicular circulation and the establishment of private and communal open space.

Park Avenue, Kingswood – the design established a hierarchy of open space and aimed to promote a sense of ownership of communal and private open space areas.

Whalan and Tregear Estates – work included site analysis and community consultation as well as all phases of landscape design.

South Coogee Estates Stages 4, 5, 6 and 7 – the project addressed security and privacy, waste collection, open space, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation.