Challenge in Remote and Regional Projects
Complimentary to JCP’s extensive experience in undertaking complex projects internationally and frequently in remote and challenging environments, JCP has been able to translate those skills into delivering projects to remote and regional locations globally.
The same pragmatics affecting the international projects are frequently encountered in regional projects where access to materials and maintenance can be strong governing factors in the development of designs. The climate diversity into different locations plays an influential role with extremes in both heat and cold. These projects typically need to address the ambitions of regional communities who recognize the importance of competing against larger centers but are appreciative of the limitations associated with their remoteness.
These projects increasingly offer greater opportunity for sustainable design, encouraging architects to invest in understanding the climate and environment so as to ensure an appropriate response is developed. JCP are strong advocates for any regional Project and through the diverse range of projects completed understand that through an investment in the people and places great outcomes can be achieved.
This diversity is expressed in the building typologies we have been fortunate to have been both a part of and completed. This has included university projects for UNE, CQU and USQ, schools and community facilities throughout Queensland, mining camps and Indigenous Housing projects.
Critical to all these projects has been the need to work closely with the project stakeholders to understand the issues and through a collaborative process seek to deliver on outcomes. Construction methodology is often the key to success as this can be impacted by climate whilst this can also determine the most suitable materials to mitigate the influence of climate on program.
Importantly and this is often lost when working in the larger cites is the importance of the cultural diversity within different locations. When working in remote and regional locations, this becomes more relevant, where the consideration of Indigenous culture can be both a strong and positive design parameter. Our involvement in Aboriginal projects for UNE (Oorala Building) and indigenous housing developments in NSW were greatly influenced by our knowledge of working with differing cultures in the Pacific, PNG and SE Asia.
This can determine the locations of amenities, specified materials; sensitive around male and female roles within a building, social interactions and cultural habits and how they impact on function have all created very unique design outcomes. JCP will continue to remain and advocate for working in and promoting projects across regional areas. We enjoy designing for challenging environments and believe our experience internationally offers a unique interpretation on to our projects.