The Batesford Reserve Community Centre provides the opportunity to develop and extend much needed services and facilities to the community in the Ashwood area of the City of Monash. The Centre provides increased access to community meeting space and improved access to community health facilities. Monash Youth and Family Services (MYFS) are based at the Centre, along with MonashLink, the University of the Third Age (U3A), representatives from Power Neighbourhood House, Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Ashwood Ashburton Chadstone Tenants Group and VCAL students from Berengarra Secondary School.
This multipurpose facility also sets best practice environmental design benchmarks. The ESD initiatives include an innovative ventilation and cooling system which incorporates a sub floor cooling system and thermal chimneys. The extensive use of internal thermal mass and high performance building envelope means that the building internal temperature is maintained with minimal heating and cooling. The building management system monitors the internal temperatures and lighting control for best energy efficiency while low VOC and recycled materials improve the indoor air quality.
Photography by Rhiannon Slatter.