Wheatsheaf Community Hub

Glenroy, VIC

A new timber community hub in a northern fringe suburb of Melbourne.

With the development being designed for an old primary school site, the Wheatsheaf Community Hub will become an inspiring new home for the Glenroy Library and the Glenroy Memorial Kindergarten. It will include maternal child health, a community health provider, neighbourhood learning and childcare services.

With the goal to achieve a hallmark sustainability build, the civil and stormwater design is being undertaken to meet best practice environmental guidelines (WSUD).

One of the most notable features of the building is its ambition to be a low energy building by aiming for Passive House certification. This is an international building standard with strict requirements around thermal performance and airtightness to ensure a building that is comfortable to occupy all year round with minimal energy use. Trying to achieve a passive house without compromising the irregular architecture building envelope means passive house buildings are usually box-like structures.

The architecturally expressive building with balconies and roof overhangs results in having structure that penetrates the building’s thermal envelope. To avoid the reduction of efficiency that this causes, TTW has specified structural thermal breakers. They act similar to a bolted moment connection but with the benefit of an insulating plate placed between the two sections of beam to allow for moments to be carried through but not the weather.

Wheatsheaf Community Hub consists of unique building shapes and extrusions beyond the primary building façade line which complicate thermal bridge detailing.

Client: Moreland City Council

Architect: DesignInc

Value: $26M

Completion: 2021

Sector: Government & Public, Art & Culture

Services: Heritage, Timber, Structural, Civil, Façade

Images: DesignInc