With the significant change going through the delivery of tertiary vocational education through South Australia, the proposed Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre (MEITC) will provide a significant and nationally leading facility for the delivery of training outcomes for key industries both within South Australia and the Nation. The opportunities created by the departure of Plumbing and Refrigeration to the SIEC site will allow for the Consolidation of Light and Heavy Automotive, Engineering and GeoScience and LIMS programs to create a Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre.
Greenway used an innovative approach to the design and reconfiguration of the facilities, in collaboration with Workshop consultants Manufacturing Focus. The consolidation of key Panorama, O'Halloran Hill and Croydon programs at the Regency campus will increase asset utilisation, reduce costs, result in a much smaller ecological footprint and ensure the Regency campus infrastructure is efficiently and effectively utilised.
The new built form, required as part of the automotive relocation, presents an opportunity to make a positive statement about the new direction of TAFE as it is located in a highly visible location close to the busy intersection of Regency and South Roads. The mass of the high-bay workshop encloses the new secure store and covered compound, with a large graphic on the eastern facade facing South Road, and a glazed south facade engaging the new heavy vehicle workshop facing Regency Road. The concept for the facade pattern is inspired by the large triangulated tyre tread patterns of the heavy vehicles which is then abstracted into the structure of the cladding, forming openings, sunshades and incorporating the large triangular trusses needed for the large spans.
The building will be lightweight framed, using high level openings for natural light and cross ventilation in the workshops, with acoustic panels for the Dyno and Engine test rooms at the north end. The roof ‘cranks down' as it nears the monolithic existing building (and where the high roof is not required), as if donning it's hat to the old. The form and massing, and black, silver and blue (automotive) colours were chosen to make the new built works very distinct from the existing, so as to contrast with the old, and not to mock, mimic or imitate.