The proposed living in accommodation is designed to meet Defence’s contemporary standard for permanent living in accommodation. The three-storey medium density design reduces the proposed development footprint which will maximise the potential for future development in the residential precinct. Three buildings are proposed which will provide 108 single occupancy units, including a number of accessible units. Each room will be 30m2 and will include an ensuite, built-in fixtures such as wardrobes, cupboards and desk, furniture, and will be air conditioned. Each room will have a balcony or patio. Laundries will be provided on a “one per four units” basis. Covered car parking will be provided for each unit.
The proposed electrical infrastructure work comprises:
Potable Water Network: The existing network will be upgraded to supply the required fire hydrant pressures and flows throughout the Base, and to provide a suitable water supply for a future high pressure-high flow fire service within the airfield. Any existing valves in the existing pipework, that are in poor condition will be replaced. New water supply pipework from the existing reservoirs will mainly be installed above-ground.
Sewer Network: Existing rising mains will be replaced, the sewerage treatment plant upgraded, and six sewer pumps will be remediated or replaced to improve the performance of the sewer network. New rising mains will follow the existing service alignments where possible.
Stormwater Network: Diversion bunds and detention basins will be constructed in key areas of the airfield to divert overland stormwater flows and control the rate of flow into downstream drainage systems. Flood modelling was used to optimally locate and size the bunds and detention basins to reduce the extent of flooding in and around the airfield.
The proposed reconfiguration and modification of the former Northern Regional Operations Centre includes:
The Security Force Amenities Facilities will be improved by reconfiguring the working accommodation areas, refreshing some building services and finishes and constructing a new amenities annex that will comprise of toilets, showers, and change rooms. External works will include providing all-weather access to the kennels and quarantine facilities, irrigating the exercise yards and constructing a sealed car park.
The proposed purpose-built Visiting Squadron Facility will replace five transportable buildings to improve the working conditions for aircrew and maintenance personnel. The existing equipment shelter and the storage facility will be retained and additional car parking will be provided.