Australia’s Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to be redeveloped

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Australia's Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to be redeveloped
Summerland Peninsula Infrastructure & Procurement Master Plan (2012) by Tract Consultants
Australia's Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to be redeveloped
Summerland Peninsula Infrastructure & Procurement Master Plan (2012) by Tract Consultants

The Victorian government has announced the redevelopment of Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.

The proposed $58.2 million facility will replace the existing visitor centre designed by Daryl Jackson and built in 1988.

A spokesperson for Phillip Island National Parks told ArchitectureAU, “We are currently in the process of writing the tender documents for the architectural services for the project. It is anticipated this will take about two months.

Once these are completed we will go to open tender. We are anticipating an architect should be appointed by mid-September 2016.”

The proposed visitor centre is a key outcome of a 2012 masterplan for the Summerland Peninsula by Tract Consultants. It suggested the “design and siting of the visitor centre will demonstrate a site-specific response to climate where the building ‘shelters’ within the landscape and in turn provides shelter for visitors.” The visitor centre is also intended to be a leading scientific and educational institute and is expected to achieve a five-star Green Star design rating.

The masterplan proposed relocating the visitor centre to facilitate the rehabilitation of the penguin habitat, which the existing visitor centre currently occupies. […]

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