Launceston Airport retail transformation takes out AAA Innovation and Excellence award

December 15, 2016

The Launceston Airport retail transformation project recently received the Airport Innovation and Excellence – Commercial award at the 2016 Australian Airports Association National Airport Industry Awards.  The airport also took out the Major Airport of the Year award.

The Buchan Group embarked on a collaborative design journey with the Launceston Airport Corporation to deliver the 600m² terminal expansion which has transformed the airport’s dining and retail offer and captured the spirit of Tasmania.

Principal Chris Ball said the award is testament to the relationship amongst the team and the striking and evocative interior design that has resulted in a reimagined gateway to Launceston and Tasmania.

“As well as being exceptionally functional, the new interior of the terminal building is truly stunning with a look and feel that proudly conveys the Tasmanian story. 

"It was a pleasure working with the Launceston Airport Corporation and project team to deliver this exceptional project and we are extremely proud of the end result.”

Buchan’s design for the terminal embraces the essence of the area through the slatted timber ceilings and expansive glazing to the terminal extension which showcases spectacular views across the tarmac to the mountain ranges beyond. Locally sourced produce in the new retail, food and beverage facilities celebrates the rich culture of food, wine and arts and crafts in the region, reinforcing the strong connection to Tasmania.

Johnsonville Shopping Centre Redevelopment

December 12, 2016

The Buchan Group has been engaged to provide design services for the Resource Consent of the redevelopment of Johnsonville Shopping Centre. The brief called for the creation of a stylish and sophisticated retail offering which fits within the context of the locale, while providing a fresh, vibrant focal point for the community which will form the core of a revitalised Johnsonville Town Centre.

The design incorporates the existing site conditions, constraints, and opportunities to provide a fully integrated retail, dining, and leisure facility which will service both the local community and surrounding area, consistent with the District Plan’s intention that Johnsonville be a centre of regional significance.

An east/west pedestrian spine will link a proposed rail and bus interchange with the retail core of the shopping centre and the already busy Johnsonville Rd main street. A single-level floorplan has been incorporated, with generous floor study height of up to six metres including roof lights over the malls spaces which will be incorporated to introduce natural light into the space, also providing awareness of external conditions throughout the day.

Externally, the development provides a variety of forms along the three street elevations of the Johnsonville triangle, with a hierarchy of street frontages being created to account for differing functions and orientations.

The Buchan Group’s David Thornton highlights the importance of providing a balance of town centre context and modern retail facilities: “The development should be the cornerstone and catalyst for a strong and vibrant Town Centre which will service and satisfy the community’s needs and requirements for many years to come”.



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Buchan Completes Restoration of Heritage Listed St. Brigid’s Cottage

December 6, 2016

The Buchan Group have recently completed the adaptive restoration of the WA State Heritage Listed St. Brigid’s Cottage.

The Cottage, constructed in 1913 as an orchard store for Lesmurdie House, originally comprised a single room building of laterite stone, with a distinctive Marseilles tiled roof and verandahs on all sides. Altered in 1960 for residential use by enclosing the verandahs, more recently the Cottage had fallen into disrepair, showing signs of deterioration, particularly in the verandah and roof fabric, with rotting timber columns and sagging roof framing.

The Cottage was planned for restoration/re-use in late 201, with a vision to restore the cottage to its 1913 state, removing the 1960 additions. The building was to be adapted and altered for school use as short term accommodation for visiting teachers, Sisters of Mercy and parents of children boarding at the College.

However just prior to commencement of work on site, the Cottage was extensively damaged in an arson attack in September 2015, destroying many of the original features.   New works replaced most of these features as closely as possible to the original conditions.

Specialised wood turners manufactured the new columns to match the originals with rounded and tapered main shaft together with the ‘Doric’ style capitals. The intent of the restoration was to respect and draw focus to the original stone/brickwork wall. Second hand and reclaimed timber floor boards were sourced to achieve the best match to the existing jarrah floor boards. The existing ‘Metters’ stove and brick chimney stack on the Southern external wall survived the fire, but was left in a poor state. The chimney and stove were cleaned and restored, and adapted into the new bathroom design.

An entry porch was considered a requirement to the west elevation to provide weather protection and give the cottage an “address’ facing Lesmurdie House adjacent.  The entry is of contemporary design utilising timber and glass and was approved by the State Heritage Office. 

The refurbishment reflects the original Cottage, and has brought ‘life’ back into the building within the grounds of Lesmurdie Estate.

The project was led by Director Ken Musto and Associate Director Peter Garvey.



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