Maryborough Forge and Advanced Manufacturing Facility | KIRK

Maryborough Forge and Advanced Manufacturing Facility | KIRK | Photographer: Scott Burrows

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Maryborough Forge and Advanced Manufacturing Facility | KIRK

Traditional Land Owners
Gubbi Gubbi and Batjala
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Central Queensland

Category
Commercial Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
Badge Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd
Photographer
Scott Burrows
Project summary

The Maryborough Forge and Advanced Manufacturing Facility is a proprietary, highly functional design that protects and enhances the technically complex production process within the manufacturing warehouse.

The constrained site of this advanced manufacturing facility in rural Queensland was poised to access an existing specialised heavy engineering skilled workforce. Along with a highly technical and advanced warehouse, the entire environment needed to be enticing to skilled workers who would spend most their day in such a remote location.

A key component of our strategy was to establish an office that stands as a biophilic retreat from the demanding manufacturing processes. With Hyne Timbers (Xlam) operating just 250m down the road, it was a natural choice to use locally produced Mass Engineered Timber (MET) from Australian softwood plantations.

We see this exciting project as part of the evolution in a new typology in industrial and warehousing MET projects.

The Maryborough Forge and Advanced Manufacturing Facility is the most advanced forging plant of its kind in the world.

The KIRK team worked closely with our project team and specialist equipment suppliers to design a fully integrated and functional facility.

The Mass Engineered Timber office facility is a real added benefit and advantage to our operations providing us with a unique ability to attract and retain staff in a competitive regional and industrial environment.

The whole facility is a joy to visit and work in and the completed development has exceeded all expectations.

This is a world class design and facility.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

AECOM, Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulic & Fire Services Engineer
Aurecon, Structural Engineer
DJ Matherson, Land Surveyor
Douglas Partners, Geotechnical Engineer
GHD, Civil Engineer
Steele Wrobel, Quantity Surveyor
VIPAC, Acoustic Consultant

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