Princes Wharf Shed No. 1 Redevelopment

Location Hobart, TAS, Australia
Services Building services engineering and sustainable design
Sector Lifestyle 
Client Department of Treasury and Finance, Tasmanian Government
Architect Circa Morris-Nunn
Imagery © Venue Management Services

Caimin McCabe

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The redevelopment has seen the transformation of a historic building and forecourt was used as a carpark for most of the year into a flexible event space used for a diverse range of social, cultural, or recreational purposes by the broader community as well as hiring for formal events. Cundall provided building service design and ESD consultancy to transform the historic building which met building code compliance, re-captured the passive architecture and addressed the high variable servicing requirements of its adaptive uses.

Fundamental to understanding the degree of intervention and services infrastructure requirements for the Shed was to examine and assess the impacts of the different intended uses that the Shed and its surrounds could be used for. Concept layouts were created for various events including concerts, conferences and future Taste Festivals which welcomes 300,000+ visitors that requires toilet provisions and power and water demands for 70 food stalls and 25 temporary commercial kitchens. 

The venue has been fitted with movable (external and internal) retractable seating, a flexible expandable sound system, adaptable electrical distribution (single & 3-phase) and plug-in plumbing points for portable cooking kiosks. The external catenary structure in the forecourt which provides cover for the area has services in each pole for single and three phase power, and data. The louvre window systems are fully automated for natural ventilation, controlled via the BMS, whilst also providing a secondary function as a smoke exhaust.

In addition to providing a great community asset to Hobart the redevelopment of Princes Wharf Shed No. 1 has achieved a strong sustainable outcome through firstly re-lifing Australia’s Heritage as well as recapturing the natural ventilation strategy of the original Wharf Shed, retaining and enhancing the quality of daylight penetration, improving the thermally efficient facades, the introduction of efficient lighting and controls and the integration of roof mounted Photovoltaic Array (PV), solar boosted domestic hot water and efficient flexibly zoned gas heating.

Click here to view technical paper and presentation- Re-lifing Australia’s Heritage- Princes Wharf Shed No. 1 Redevelopment by Caimin McCabe.

  • Tasmanian Architecture Awards 2013, Urban Design, Winner

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