SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System, QLD AWCS, Queensland Building, Australian Architecture Photos

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System in Maroochydore

30 September 2021

Architecture: Hames Sharley

Location: Maroochydore, QLD, Australia

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) is unlike any other project in Australia, becoming the first high-tech, automated waste collection system for a CBD in the Southern Hemisphere. ⁠⁠

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

Hames Sharley proudly designed the industrial building to house the equipment for the Envac system – providing a design that was built for purpose and blended to its surroundings. ⁠

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

The result is a facility that allows collecting, compressing, and removing waste from the precinct through underground pneumatic pipes, negating the need for garbage trucks.

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

The fundamental design principle for this project was to make an industrial box visually noteworthy while still ensuring the construction was industrial and fit for purpose.

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

A design language consisting of fenestrations, wide awnings and timber look elements softened the building and broke down the large-scale required to house the machinery within. The materials drew inspiration from residential architecture and helped blend the industrial building into its surrounding context.

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

A sustainable design aims to reduce vehicle traffic in the precinct and remove wasted space for garbage pick-up and truck turning—an additional benefit for the system users being that it is more cost-effective than traditional rubbish collection services.

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

Hames Sharley was part of a team that cohesively designed the building, with Lucid providing the service engineering and WGA providing the structural engineering.

Awards: Master Builders Queensland Excellence in Construction for Community Service Facilities – 2021

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System, QLD – Building Information

Hames Sharley

Completion date: 2021

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

SunCentral Automated Waste Collection System QLD

Photography © Alain Bouvier

Hames Sharley Architects

Envac system Building in Maroochydore, QLD images / information received 090921 from Hames Sharley Architects

Location: Maroochydore, Queensland, North East Australia

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