End-of-trip Facilities : A Refreshing Trend

End-of-trip Facilities : A Refreshing Trend

Interior images of Grosvenor Place End-of-Trip Facility kindly provided by Harry Seidler & Associates
Architect: Harry Seidler & Associates
Photographer: Dirk Meinecke

An emerging trend in new buildings and major refurbishments; end-of-trip facilities are typically identified as shower, bathroom and storage facilities for people using non-motorised methods of transport to and from work, such as bicycles.

Where once businesses and building owners would be focused on accommodating onsite car parking for their employees and tenants, today the trend is to encourage building users to use non-motorised forms of travel by providing end of trip facilities.

And increasingly, end of trip facilities are becoming more elaborate and comfortable – reminiscent of a health club or retreat rather than gymnasium change room. From a leasing perspective, these facilities have now become a significant draw card for blue chip tenants and some fitouts are superb.

For instance, a recently refurbished commercial office building in Melbourne has created a dedicated, hotel-like entrance to its end of trip facilities.

But it shouldn’t surprise. Not only are tenants demanding more sustainability initiatives in their workspaces, but bicycle parking and end of trip facilities also contribute sustainability credits towards a building’s GBCA Green Star rating making it a win-win for property owners.

At Grosvenor Place in Sydney’s CBD, a recently completed building refurbishment has included the addition of luxurious end of trip facilities that have been likened to a 6-star hotel.

Designed by Harry Seidler & Associates as part of a $20 million upgrade; tenants of the 1980s-built skyscraper have access to the marble-tiled ‘Camerino’ (Italian for dressing room) with individual shower cubicles and changing facilities.

Occupying a space of 800 square metres, this magnificent facility includes 30 shower rooms, 400 lockers and storage for 170 bicycles for those riding to and from work each day. It even includes a bike repair room.

Among its features are power outlets for device charging, ironing boards, and grooming stations with hairdryers and other personal appliances.

Automatic Heating is proud to have been involved in the project, from the concept design stage; where we assisted with product selection, specification and plantroom layout, through to completion and commissioning.

Domestic hot water to the facility is supplied by two 1000L Thermex stainless steel hot water storage tanks heated by two 150kW Meridian condensing hot water heaters.

KEY PROJECT POINTS

High capacity tanks in a compact size

The Thermex tanks were chosen for their compact size and high capacity coils which enable maximum heat transfer and fast re-heat time. This ensures ample hot water supply even at the busiest times of the day.

No access to natural ventilation

A key consideration that guided the use of Meridian Condensing Water Heaters in this project was that natural ventilation was impossible to achieve due to the plantroom serving the ‘Camerino’ being located in the basement and fully sealed.

Fortunately, the design of the Meridian provides for the connection of an air inlet duct which completely resolved the ventilation issue. In addition to this, in respect to the removal of combustion gases, the built-in burner fans were able to expel the exhaust gases through the flue without the use of any additional fans.

Want more information? Automatic Heating offers a free energy usage appraisal, technical advice and no-obligation consultations on system designs. Contact us at sales@automaticheating.com.au or call 1800 337 959.

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