SPRING BAY MILL
Spring Bay Mill is a 40 hectare site-wide regeneration of what was once the world's largest wood chipping facility into a culture and environment oriented events venue. The site revolves around 3 new event spaces that have been created in and around remaining buildings and structures from the former industrial operation - the Banksia Room - a 250 seat function space in the former Administration building, The Tin Shed - a 230 seat performance space in the old machine servicing shed, and a large capacity outdoor Amphitheatre (with giant sundial) set in and around the former slew footing. Supporting these event spaces is a new group accommodation building called the Ridge Quarters and a field of glamping tents. Between each of these spaces and places around the site are a series of new pathways and landscapes that connect the parts of the site together and frame particular experiences of the post-industrial regeneration - including around the former Weighbridge that forms part of the new entrance landscaping works.
> The project was featured in Architecture Australia with a wonderful review written by Helen Norrie:
2023 Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Architecture Awards:
> THE JOHN LEE ARCHER TRIENNIAL PRIZE
JURY CITATION: 'This project flips the brutal history of its site—from the displacement of the people of the Oyster Bay Nation, to the milling and wood chipping of Tasmania’s old-growth forests—creating a community place which reveals and begins to heal the damage from its past.
Part of a forty-hectare site-wide regeneration, it is sensitive, integrated and considered. True to its promise as a ‘sustainable events venue’, the physical interventions have involved conserving, respecting, and repurposing the existing fabric in lieu of demolition and replacement. Waste is minimised, built insertions are both robust and delicate, and opportunities for landscape retention, regeneration and repair are seized. Extant structures are touched lightly. An entry pavilion is defrocked to expose a skeletal, roofed structure now occupied by landscape; a huge former crane footing has morphed into an amphitheatre; and an administration building is upcycled to create a modest, functional reflection of its earlier self. This is a purposeful, humble stripping back rather than a muscular overlaying of new things, and inherent in this approach is a refreshing, relative absence of architectural ego.
These event spaces comprise an exemplar for sustainability and restorative practice, for the positive repurposing of industrial heritage, conservation of Tasmania’s extraordinary natural environment, and more broadly, for the acknowledgment of history and plotting of a happier path forward.'
2022 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards:
> AWARD for SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
2022 Architeam Awards:
> ARCHITEAM MEDAL
> SUSTAINABILITY MEDAL
> COMMERCIAL, COMMUNITY & PUBLIC AWARD
2021 Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Architecture Awards:
> THE BARRY MCNEILL AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
> THE ROY SHARRINGTON SMITH AWARD FOR HERITAGE ARCHITECTURE
> AWARD FOR PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
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Photographs Richard Jupe, Adam Gibson, Gilby + Brewin