Food Innovation Precinct WA completed


We are excited to share the design of Western Australia’s newest agriculture and food science hub – The Food Innovation Precinct – a state of the art compound, whose vision stemmed from CEO Dean Unsworth and the Shire of Murray and will build on the already illustrious reputation as a supplier of world class produce.

Located 75 km from Perth in the Peel region, a district known for its environmental cultivation and agronomy, the hub will showcase leading technology and food science initiatives.

The three sectors that the facility will service include commercial innovation, educational research and goods production; these facilities will be interconnected with separate departments for food science, marketing and research and development operations.

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Lead Architect Chris Egan said the Precinct pays homage to the region’s unique identity through cohesive detailing that balances industrial and agricultural characteristics.

“Our vision was to imbue the facility’s design with a progressive character, developing a unity throughout the precinct with particular form and material selection, whilst maintaining a uniqueness to each of the individual facilities through various combinations of those selections.

The exposed steel frame and bracing alongside the dark shiplap cladding defines a narrative of farming and agricultural facilities, while natural timber panels are also fashioned to create external harmony that frame the transient social spaces. Unpolished concrete, brickwork and dense landscaping are used to create an external environment that is congenial to the built form.

We worked to ensure the design of the precinct had physical and visual connectivity between each facility. The master planning phase focused on the ideology of ‘connectivity’ – to promote cross-collaboration between staff, generating a social atmosphere and in time, a community.

“These external spaces that link the precinct together help generate synergy throughout the aforementioned facilities, while the internal courtyard binds the Precinct together and acts as a bridging ‘social’ zone that encourages user networking.

“This is a destination that will develop its own social and cultural following through the facility’s ability to bolster the industry, but also due to the structure’s modern yet pragmatic design,” said Chris.

Image: Site Visuals
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Image: Silvertone Photography

The Shire of Murray engaged i2C to create a master plan that encouraged cross collaboration between sectors, and fostered a sense of unity through its design.

Shire President Cr David Bolt said the unique project is expected to bring a billion-dollar boost to Western Australia by enabling up to $330 million in the food and beverage sector, and another $737 million into the wider economy over the next five years.

“There’s nothing quite like this project in Australia – it’s a regional hub for food and agri-tech businesses, offering development and research grants which translate into between 17 and 51 new food businesses and employment creation of between 169 and 506 jobs,” said Cr Bolt.

Western Australia’s agrifood sector is the second highest export market and is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in quality produce and development. We are delighted to have developed a design that will assist the region’s growth and continue its legacy.

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Location: Bindjareb Country | Nambeelup, WA

Client: Shire of Murray

Builders: Cooper & Oxley

Timber supplier: Aus Tim

Consultants: Realcom, Peritas Group, Lucid Consulting, LCI Consultants, EPCAD, Resolve Group, Reverberate Consulting, E Rated