QFES North Coast Regional Headquarters and Maryborough Fire and Rescue Station | Baber Studio Architects

QFES North Coast Regional Headquarters and Maryborough Fire and Rescue Station | Baber Studio Architects | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

QFES North Coast Regional Headquarters and Maryborough Fire and Rescue Station | Baber Studio Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Batjala People
Year
2023
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Central Queensland

Category
Commercial Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
Hutchinson Builders
Photographer
Baber Studio
Christopher Fredrick Jones
Project summary

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services North Coast Regional Headquarters and Maryborough Fire and Rescue Station, is a facility comprising 3 new purpose-built buildings and alterations and additions to an existing 1950’s Art Deco Fire Station.

The original Engine bays from the Art Deco brick building have been converted into a generous space open to the community. It provides the new entry to the entire facility, a venue for community information events, and a central unifying element within the site, tying the new buildings together and offering a common space for staff interaction.

The project is also an earnest demonstration of the QLD State Government’s pursuit to use sustainable and renewable materials, to reduce carbon emissions in buildings of this typology. The Regional Headquarters, Fire Station turnout rooms and Engine Rooms are entirely built from Cross Laminated Timber and Glu-Laminated Timber, underpinning the building’s material and tectonic expression.

2023
Queensland Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Public Architecture
Queensland Jury Citation

QFES North Coast Regional Headquarters and Maryborough Fire and Rescue Station establishes a new benchmark for the design and construction of emergency service centres in Queensland.

Innovative renewable timber construction showcases a dynamic and sustainable approach to the heritage fire station. Efficient programming of the project’s operational facilities affords the inclusion of a generous public interface in the form of a public museum that welcomes the community to engage in dialogue with the station’s officers over a treasure chest of historical fire and rescue artefacts.

This project demonstrates the architect’s exceptional commitment and the pivotal role they have played within a broad alliance of stakeholders and specialist contributors.

“We have been overwhelmed with positive feedback from the Fire and Emergency Service team since moving into their new building. From the onset, the design team were focused on Mass Timber for the main structural elements, a concept fully supported from the Fire Service for its superior fire performance qualities, structural suitability, lighter weight construction and biophilic / aesthetic appeal. Being able to utilise the original 1950’s engine bays, an art deco statement in the heart of the CBD, as a space for the local community, also received positive publicity in our town which values its rich history and heritage.”

Project Practice Team

BIdisha Roy, Documentation
Daniel Foote, Design and Documentation
Lachlan Whitaker, Design and Documentation

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Andrew Gold Landscape Architect, Landscape Consultant
Bligh Tanner, Structural Engineer
Cushway Blackford, Services Consultant
Engage Engineers, Hydraulic Consultant
ESQ, Civil Consultant
Hyne Timber, Structural Engineer
PKA, Acoustic Consultant
XLAM, Structural Engineer

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