NBRSARCHITECTURE Delivers Green Energy Hub
Last week Lord Mayor Clover Moore opened the Alexandra Canal transport depot – Sydney’s first industrial-sized Tesla Powerpack battery and solar installation. Powered by 1600 solar panels and supported by a battery capable of storing 500-kilowatt hours of energy, the depot supports plans to ensure that half of the City of Sydney’s power comes from renewable energy by 2030.
The depot, delivered by NBRSARCHITECTURE for Cockram Construction, replaces three existing facilities and provides substantial space for storage, waste collection, vehicle maintenance and civil construction services. Designed as a series of steel framed, metal clad buildings with southfacing saw tooth roofs, the depot follows the curve of Alexandra Canal. A public cycleway will be provided on all 4 sides of the site as part of the City’s cycle network.
Sustainability was key to the design with the aim of achieving a 5 Star Green rating. Eco concrete was chosen to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide embodied in the structure, and natural lighting, ventilation and sun shading have been incorporated.
The City is committed to combating climate change and using as little of earth’s limited resources as possible. The reduction of carbon emissions and the introduction of a network of green infrastructure is key to transforming the way we live and work. For more information on the project and the City of Sydney’s sustainability initiatives click here.