Questions and Answers April 2013-
Answers last updated: 12/4/2013 at 9.40am.
Could you please confirm in which flood areas the lodge should not be located, i.e. is it allowed to be located in the 1 in 100 year event area or not? Also we would assume that the high conservation area is not to be touched. Please confirm?
Projected flood levels are provided for information only. Building levels are at the discretion of the competitor.
For the purposes of this design ideas competition there are no specific 'rules' in place regarding use of high conservation areas. Entrants should use their best judgement in determining the extent to which their designs impact on and/or contribute to the conservation of the site.(9/4/13)
I was wondering if there are any sketch plans to scale for the existing Prime Minister's Lodge? Doesnt have to be very detailed. I would just like to get an idea of how big the individual rooms need to be.
No there are no available plans for the existing Prime Minister's Lodge. You will need to use your own judgement to determine room sizes.(9/4/13)
- Would a helipad for the Prime Minister's use need to be accommodated on the site?
- Could you clarify what is meant by a 'water gate'?
- Is the communications centre (attached to the central security office) to be used by the Prime Minister for broadcasting or televising messages to the Australian public (i.e. should the Prime Minister have easy or direct access to this room from their office)?
- In the private home, is the guest suite to be used solely for family and friends of the Prime Minister or would it be required for visiting dignitaries or colleagues of the Prime Minister from time to time?
- A helipad is not listed as a requirement in the brief. If you wish to provide a helipad you may do so at your own discretion.
- An entry from the Lake.
- This is intended to be a security communications centre not a media centre. However if you choose to broaden the use you may do so at your discretion (refer section 3 'The Lodge should include the following hypothetical functional elements. Entrants should interpret these and explore their relationships and potential as they see fit.')
- It is likely to be used by a wide group of people at the choice of the Prime Minister. This could include dignitaries.
Does the 400 word report have to be included on the drawings or can it be a separate page attached to the package with our registration number displayed?
The explanatory statement must be included on the A1 sheets (refer Section 4.6.1) (9/4/13)
We have been made aware of a recent ruling made on Thursday, 28 March 2013 by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories from their inquiry into the allocation of land to diplomatic missions in the ACT, An Estate for the Future.With this ruling the viability of using of Attunga Point for the Prime Minister's Lodge is seriously put into doubt. In this report the suitability of further encroaching into Stirling park is seriously challenged recommending that the National Capital Authority Draft Amendment 78 for Stirling Park be withdrawn. The Draft Amendment 78 also addresses the issue of the future residence of the Prime Minister suggesting Attunga Point as one of the potential sites. As Attunga Point has a direct relationship with Stirling park as valuable open space with high conservation issues, and the viability of the proposed siting relies on appropriating further land from Stirling park with the re-routing of Alexandrina Drive, the proposal of using this site should also be withdrawn. The ruling has taken seriously objections from the community, experts and scholars who are against any further development in Stirling Park and Attunga Point due to its cultural and enviromental significance. As a result of this ruling it seems urgent to validate this recent information through the Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition - even though it is hypothetical - allowing these views to be addressed and explored by competitors with the proposal of alternative sites for the Prime Minister's residence. Environmental scholars from the ANU have suggested various acceptable sites, such as:
a) Expanding the existing Lodge facilities into Lodge Park
b) Collins Park in Tasmania Circle in Red Hill
c) The grounds of Government House in Yarralumla.
Given the recent ruling would the competition organisers consider allowing a way for the brief to be challenged with other sites, and if possible to also extend the date of the competition registration in order to make this competition a true and genuine discussion about the Future Residence of the Prime Minster?
This is a design ideas competition. The 'report' of the inquiry into Draft Amendment (DA) 78 for Stirling Park and/or of the NCA considerations with regard to DA 78 and the report findings are not related to this competition. Please note Section 1.1 'The competition is not connected to any agency of the Australian Government or to any Australian political party'.
The site selected remains as Attunga Point as described in the competition Section 2.3. For the purposes of this competition, no other sites are to be considered.(10/4/13)
Is the proposed road and cycle path realignment locked down as a parameter for the competition or can this be realigned as part of the design of our entry?
You may make minor realignments to the road and cycle path, however the site area boundary is to be retained and not changed. (10/4/13)
Is the required 1:500 site plan of the architecture extents only, or of the entire site located within the property extents?
The 1:500 'site layout' (refer 4.6.1) should describe the proposal within the context of the nominated 'site area' set out on the 'site plan' provided (in the Resources). Entrants may use their discretion to determine how much of the site they need to include to demonstrate their site layout adequately.(11/4/13)
For the 1:500 site layout, could it be some form of 3 dimensional scaled drawing, e.g. axonometric drawing? or does it have to be a 2 dimensional drawing?
The 1:500 'site layout' (refer 4.6.1) should describe the proposal within the context of the nominated 'site area' set out on the 'site plan' provided (in the Resources). Entrants may use their discretion to determine the graphic presentation to demonstrate their site layout adequately. (15/4/13)