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Growing Up – UDLA Moving Forward

Urban Design and Landscape Architecture continues to grow at Swanbury Penglase with the recent appointment of Heath Edwards as Project Director.

Heath is returning to private practice after almost seven years working in State Government on Strategic Projects and policies to enable good design. His work has manifested in the delivery of the multi-award winning Tonsley redevelopment south of Adelaide and input into numerous strategy / guidance documents including the Streets for People Compendium, Healthy By Design SA and the updated 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

Heath said upon starting at Swanbury Penglase:

“There is a great opportunity now at Swanbury Penglase to stitch together the learnings of strategic thinking and planning with practice-based tangible project outcomes to deliver great places for people, demonstrating the benefit of a multidisciplinary integrated design approach”

The UDLA team now has a great mix of youth and experience. Heath has the support of Lana Greer and Marguerite Bartolo – both Graduate Architects / Landscape Architects with a passion for creativity and complex problem solving. Their inherent integrated design approach enables richer outcomes and a more holistic understanding of clients’ needs.

The team is currently working across a broad range of projects with an education and commercial focus, but is looking forward to expanding this range of work.

Please get in contact with Heath, Lana or Marguerite should you have a project or idea to discuss, or if you would like more information on Swanbury Penglase.

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AERIS Apartments Onsite

After four years in the planning, we are pleased to report construction has commenced on the AERIS Apartments at Bowden. Please check out the promotional film about the design of this development. For more information on this project click HERE

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Moves and Opportunities

Following on from the announcement of our new Leadership Team last year, Swanbury Penglase is pleased to welcome architect Simon Best to our practice to take up the role of Project Director. By way of introduction and on leaving a previous leadership role, Simon has provided the following comments:
‘I have enjoyed and benefited greatly from my previous associations but I believe in continual growth and improvement and that this change was needed to give myself the best chance to do so.

Having gained significant experience in the design and delivery of important civic, sporting and education projects, I felt it was time to align myself with a company that I could increase the opportunities for; likewise one that shares my personal, career and business philosophies and goals.

Swanbury Penglase represents to me a strong and successful company with a solid ethos and a great culture; an organization that is committed to high quality design and built outcomes. Their profile in our market is testament to this. I also have a high degree of respect for the Swanbury Penglase people I have come to know through the course of my career and some are already very good friends of mine.

I feel confident that by matching my skills and experience with Swanbury Penglase’s strong delivery model and approach, we’ll achieve great things.’
We look forward to growing our expertise in Simon’s key areas of experience in civic and sporting projects and for the fresh perspective he will bring to our education clients and their projects.
The end of this year also marks a significant milestone in moving forward with our new office at 214 Gilbert Street, home for many years to the studio of Adelaide fashion design institutions George Gross and Harry Who. We are looking forward to launching the residential component of the development Urban Terrace on Gilbert in the next few weeks, with the office and work onsite to commence before the end of 2016. Watch this space.

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New Sitenotes out now

Spring is finally upon us and with it comes the third issue of Sitenotes for the year.  This issue features two of our recent residential projects and an update on what’s happening at the Swanbury Penglase office.

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Swanbury Penglase Interiors Team – We’re Serious About Interiors

Interior Design has been an integral part of Swanbury Penglase since 1998 and eighteen years on they’ve grown from one person to a team of seven. Co-led by Director Elizabeth Swanbury and Senior Associate Felicity Hope, the team is a significant and recognised part of the Swanbury Penglase multi-disciplinary approach, last year receiving an Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Interior Architecture Award and Commendation for their efforts. This follows success in earlier years with Gold and Silver Awards from the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

The team is a great mix of youth and experience, with Zoe Avon the next most senior member and project leader having been with SPA since 2004.  We are also pleased to announce Zoe has accepted a position as Associate and we look forward to her taking on this role. Working alongside her are Erin Depledge and Jasmine Brooksby with three and four years experience respectively whilst new graduates Matthew James and Rebecca McMillan joined us this year.

Early involvement in the planning stages of a project to assess both current and future needs is critical to the delivery of high quality interior spaces. The “hand-in-hand” approach of architecture and interiors together ensures all aspects of the user experience have been thought through and that both work seamlessly together.

In addition to working closely with our architecture and landscape teams, the interiors group is regularly involved with our Heritage group, their expertise and experience with colour and materials playing a crucial role in the delivery of these challenging and sensitive projects.

The team is currently working across a broad range of projects including schools: St Peters Girls and St Andrews, the Adelaide Town Hall with the Adelaide City Council, the University of South Australia’s Health Innovation Building with BVN Architecture as well as numerous other projects, both commercial and residential.

Please get in contact with Elizabeth or Felicity should you have a project to discuss or if you want to know more.

Swanbury Penglase won the AIA Interior Architecture Award for the Margaret Ames Centre and AIA Commendation for the New Mental Health Hospital at Glenside. In 2012 the team received a DIA Gold Award for Australian Red Cross Blood Donor Centre in Regent Arcade and in 2010 and DIA Silver Award for the University College London fitout in the Torrens Building.

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Adelaide Town Hall Auditorium Painting Timelapse Video

Adelaide Town Hall is about to have its 150th birthday, having been officially opened on 20 June 1866. It was the first of the great Town hall buildings erected in Australia, and at that time it was by far the largest and grandest building in Adelaide, standing head and shoulders above the largely single storey and quite sparse city.

The Auditorium on the first floor was the central element of the building and it has survived intact to the present day. As something of a birthday present, Adelaide City Council proposed to repaint the space after its last redecoration 30 years ago. Each time this large space was previously painted it had been closed for months, but as it is today a much sought after space, only a period of seven straight days were free to carry out the work.

Achieving the seemingly impossible, a team of about 28, including painters, scaffolders, conservators and Council staff, worked 24 hours a day for the seven days to complete the work.

Swanbury Penglase were fortunate in having been involved in the project, including carrying out preliminary inspections of the ceiling, research to understand the history of the redecoration of the space, preparation of a revised colour scheme as well as inspections while the work was underway.

A 2-minute timelapse video records a taste of this remarkable effort of all those involved. Thanks to Adelaide City Council and Chris Oaten of Insight Visuals.

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Laboratory Precision – Expertise and Experience at Swanbury Penglase

Since its inception in 1989, Swanbury Penglase has been designing teaching laboratories as part of our educational work. In the last ten to fifteen years we have been building our experience in more complex research and professional laboratory spaces.

Notable examples include the Anatomical Pathology Cut-Up Laboratory at Flinders Medical Centre, a PC3 Containment facility for SA Pathology (a South Australian first), the George Rogers Microscopy Laboratory at the University of Adelaide and the M2 and the Plasso Development at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus.

The team delivering this work has grown as well and is led by Associate Director Matthew Raven and Associate Jason Timberlake. Both experienced architects, Matthew and Jason understand the rigour required to deliver these precise and exacting spaces.

Architect Marty Frost has also joined us recently and brings with him an excellent background in laboratory design.  Marty provides strong support to the team and is quickly developing a reputation for reliable project delivery.

A strong understanding of building services, the ability to coordinate complex brief requirements and thinking laterally about problems has ensured smart and effective results for our clients, often within the constraints of refurbished building spaces.

While all three have a technical focus, Jason also has extensive experience in large, multiple stakeholder projects and led the project team in the delivery of the New Mental Health Facility at Glenside in 2013.

The team is currently involved with the University of South Australia’s new Health Innovation Building on North Terrace. The facility is home to a number of related functions and has a strong laboratory focus, housing the world leading Centre for Cancer Biology research spaces including an animal house.

Supported by both the architectural and interiors team, they would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about their experience in this space and your next project.


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Drone Footage of Mullawirra at Willunga

We recently completed Mullawirra, a new residence on a greenfield site at the top of Willunga Hill which you can read more about here. While we were down on site with photographer David Russell, we were lucky enough to get some drone footage of the project. The birds eye view really captures the beauty and remoteness of the site and gives an insight into just why our clients are loving their sea change. We look forward to revisiting the project once the landscaping has been complete.

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A New Year – Fresh Faces at Swanbury Penglase

Some good news to start 2016 with Swanbury Penglase are pleased to announce the appointment of five UniSA graduates of Architecture and Interior Architecture from last year.

“New talent straight out of Uni is vital to the continued growth and success of Swanbury Penglase” said Director Andrew Phillips. “Graduates are technologically literate and bring new and exciting design presentation skills that reinvigorate our practice, ensuring we move with the times. At the same time we can build their skills on the practical side of the business including documentation, contract administration and working with clients. It’s a great opportunity for everyone”.

Victor Ho, Nathan McEwen and Taylor Angel are Graduates of Architecture from UniSA, completing the course at the end of 2015. Some of you may have seen Victor around the office as he joined us at the end of fourth year for the holidays and continued working one day a week during final year. Taylor commenced with us soon after the final year exhibition late last year and Nathan started a few weeks ago. We are looking forward to the contribution they will make to our architecture team in the future.

Rebecca McMillian and Matthew James, both graduates from the UniSA Interior Architecture Program of 2015 have also joined our team. Matthew commenced with our interiors group late in November last year and up until then had an extended placement while still studying at another Adelaide firm. Rebecca joined us in January and both have been thrown in the deep-end as the team continues to be very busy.

A warm welcome to you all; not just to Swanbury Penglase but to the industry in general and all the very best for a long and prosperous career ahead.

Finally, special thanks to our good friend Sam and his team at Paddy’s Lantern for letting us take over for a while to take these pictures. Brilliant coffee, food and amazing (and patient) staff.

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ICOMOS Conference Old Parliament House

Our heritage team leader Andrew Klenke presented a Paper to the Australia ICOMOS Conference ‘Fabric’ during November 2015.

Andrew spoke about Old Parliament House in relation to the technical approach to conserving fabric.  Andrew has also written an essay on Old Parliament House which has been published in Materiality Brick and Block in Contemporary Australian Architecture (Ron Ringer, 2015).

If you would like to read the full paper presented at ICOMOS, please click here.

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