The Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) re-organised their training facilities to include the construction of campus-style additions to the RAAF bases at East Sale and Wagga Wagga. The additions included the construction of accommodation, office, training and recreation facilities.
Spiire was engaged by Thiess (on behalf of Defence) to provide landscape designs for the facilities that provide open and park-like settings.
The landscape designs for the two sites needed to include specialist defence requirements such as parade grounds and marching paths, in addition to responding to significant environmental factors.
The East Sale site boasted remnant River Red Gums, many expected to be over 4 centuries old, and required an assessment of the existing trees and the resulting recommendations to ensure the long term health and viability of the trees.
The Wagga site also contained a number of significant remnant trees in addition to its location within a protected vegetation community.
The project successfully created attractive and inspiring environments in which Officers and training recruits live and learn. Spiire collaborated as part of the large multidisciplinary project team which included a close working relationship with the Project Architect Bligh Voller Neild (BVN).
The design required an incredibly specific response to facilitate Defence operational protocols whilst providing a strong social and environmental outcome. The training facilities and their surrounds include plants propagated from locally collected seed, helping to strengthen the existing vegetation community and the strong setting provided by the remnant red gums.
In doing so, these sites now contrast with the utilitarian nature of many established Defence facilities and play a part in defining the image of the defence forces into the future.