CSIRO Boorowa Agricultural Research Station, ACT

role Architecture & Interior Design

value $11.5 Million

completed date current

client CSIRO

peckvonhartel were engaged by the CSIRO to design five purpose built industrial hubs at the Boorowa Agricultural Research Station (BARS); a 290 hectare purpose built digital farm to further the CSIROs’ research capabilities across crop science, farming systems and in agronomy – the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, and land restoration.  Each hub supports a distinct research or maintenance function, holistically supporting the overall functionality of the research station.

The design focuses on overcoming a number of site challenges, particularly with regards to maintenance, security and serviceability. Each facility is largely unattended, active only during particular seasonal site works or research projects. As such, the secure storage of the state of the art farming equipment, digital monitoring devices and farm supplies is critical. In collaboration with the design consultant team peckvonhartel proposed passive and active security measures providing a robust security system that can be monitored remotely.

Robust built form and considered choice of materiality was critical to answering the CSIROs’ functional brief. The end product is evocative of the surrounding landscape; low maintenance and highly durable.

peckvonhartel maintained a close dialogue with specialist livestock and industrial equipment manufacturers, researchers and farmers to navigate the comprehensive industry requirements inherit in environments that host livestock. Understanding livestock capacity, compression ratios, movement patterns, and distances from farm infrastructure were all considered in the planning of the facility.  The design maintains the relevant standards for animal welfare, as well as industry specific occupational health and safety guidelines for staff. The solution accommodates and responds to the site specific machinery requirements including movement patterns, turning circles and serviceability.

Through the BARS project, peckvonhartel have enabled the CSIRO to elevate their ability to research and innovate, and strengthen their ties with the research body and agricultural sector.