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