Architect: Richard Stafford architects
Environmental systems: Emilis Prelgauskas
Owner: BRL Hardy
Banrock Station is a former irrigation property
situated within the oxbow and lagoon of the Murray River
surrounding the land.
In recent years the property has been redeveloped for a vineyard operating on environmental principles including the rehabilitation of the lagoon, and retention of remnant vegetation on the site.
During 1998 Richard Stafford architects developed this project for the BRL Hardy corporation as a combined wine tasting, visitor destination and information centre, to be known as the Wine & Wetland Centre
For a photo of a minor reed bed, see Waste water treatment and re-use where there is also a description of greywater treatment systems.
Banrock Station is one of a number of projects where
Emilis Prelgauskas has assisted on projects by other architects.
This project, like others, exemplifies the potential conflicts in goals between owner and builder in a building project.
The project documentation emphasised three goals:-
- the timetable for construction
- the product
- environment protection during construction
Conventional development practices tend to emphasise as
priority firstly rapid construction, and secondly completion
of the documented product. This occurred on this project
In the process, the emphasis on environment protection was substantially lost.
Trades failed to collaborate to minimise trenching intrusion, suppliers and tradesmen prejudiced large areas of the fragile mallee soil and vegetation with vehicle movement;
all this lead to the need for substantial rectification after practical completion.
But pine chips doesn't adequately replace the indigenous desert flora ecology.
Here again as on other projects, tradespeople were reticent about
'environmental systems'. They were seen as too hard to build.
At the end of the works, plumber and electrician agreed that nothing built here had been more difficult than conventional construction; now that they had seen them in action.