Australia’s First Environmental Services Autonomous Medical Centre

The newly completed Cork Memorial Medical Centre in Dorrigo is believed to be the first environmental services autonomous medical centre in Australia. Funded by the generosity of the Late Cyril Cork the development is not only a legacy to Cyril Cork but also to the community that built and supported the project, an ethical development with far reaching community benefits. The building has been leased to Dr Mathew Hansen and will include other services such as Laverty Pathology, a podiatrist, psychologist and visiting specialists.

The building was designed by local firm Regional Architects and built by local builder Mark Moxon and Co using local materials and local trades wherever possible. The environmentally sustainable building includes a Bellingen Solar battery/grid feed hybrid Photo Voltaic (PV) solar system that generates up to 20% more power than the development will use, stores power and sells excess power to the Grid. It is heated with a Neighbourhood Heat Pump Hydronic Heating System that is also powered by the PV array and shared with the attached seniors housing development. A worm farm sewage system, stormwater polishing and harvested tank water supply complete the Autonomous Services Package. Cross ventilation, huge thermal mass stores, double glazing, high value insulation and planted roof assists in providing passive user comfort. Natural light and low VOC paint combined with natural materials and Cross ventilation have produced a healthy working and user environment.

This iconic environmentally sustainable building is an example of the benefits of local knowledge being applied to regional developments. The building will be officially opening by The Hon Melinda Pavey MP, Member for Oxley on Saturday 18th June at 3PM at No. 1 Gangara Avenue, Dorrigo (new street opposite showground, don’t bother googling). The opening will be followed by Champaign and Canapés. Built by the community, for the community, the opening is intended for all members of the public and those with an interest in environmentally sustainable architecture.

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