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Design & Construction
The Trust engaged Root Projects Australia Pty Ltd and a consultant team to assist with the development of the Australian PlantBank through the articulation of a business case and concept designs.
Once funding was secured a project team lead by Thinc Projects Australia assisted the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust to assemble a lead design team to design and implement PlantBank. The architectural team, lead by BVN Architecture, have developed detailed designs that have been approved for construction by the relevant authorities.
Sustainability Impacts and Design
Careful consideration has been given to the location of PlantBank within the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. Functional, technical and environmental issues were examined before identifying the preferred site. The conclusions drawn from the preliminary investigative studies suggest that rather than having a detrimental effect on the environment, the development on the preferred site could result in a positive environmental impact through the rehabilitation and regeneration of Cumberland Plain Woodland as part of this project.
The building design has been briefed to actively incorporate the principles of ecologically sustainable design as far as possible and will include a series of innovative solutions. The solutions include:
Design and construction program
A detailed program for the project has been developed and is available on request. Key activities and their timing include: