The New Marine Operations building at Port Botany reflects a commitment by Sydney Ports to create high quality and environmentally sustainable buildings. The four storey building houses a variety of functions including administration, port navigation and emergency/incident response. Jackson Teece worked with builders AJ Lucas Operations for both the base building architecture and interior fit out of the project.

The site, a narrow strip of land between road and wharf, has largely driven the design and form of the building - distorted rectangular blocks which appear to slide over and under each other across the site. The upper commercial block cantilevers out dramatically at the northern approach, whilst the lower operational block stretches out southwards to envelop an existing building.

The main aspect is west, along the Brotherson Dock. This elevation is largely glazed to maximise the opportunity for views, whilst translucent vertical sun shades control heat gain. The corrosive nature of the air necessitates the building to be sealed and thus multi-service chilled beams have been utilised as part of an energy conscious servicing strategy.

The fit-out design takes full advantage of the long narrow building plate which provides excellent visual access to full height windows which have louvered sunlight control systems.

The planning for SPC arranges workstations and storage elements in a configuration which runs perpendicular to the facade. Desking groups of 2 or 4 staff members are then separated by storage elements which vary in height. This system allows for an open plan environment which still offers areas of privacy for staff with more sensitive privacy requirements.

Awards

2011 Master Builders Awards: Commercial Buildings for Sydney Ports Corporation Port Botany Marine Operations Centre