Bushfire Centre of Excellence

An interpretive demonstration landscape that reflects national guidelines for design in bushfire prone areas while taking into consideration local context.

The Bushfire Centre of Excellence is the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) new learning hub that is set to become internationally renowned for cultivating knowledge and providing support for the management and response to bushfires in Western Australia. The purpose-built facility provides high-level training for WA’s bush firefighters and other emergency service personnel.

The $18 million-dollar centre located 80 kilometres south of the Perth CBD in the Peel Region was designed by Site Architecture Studio. It includes an interpretive demonstration landscape designed by JBA that reflects national guidelines for appropriate design for bushfire prone areas.

JBA was engaged as the landscape architect to deliver schematic design through to detailed documentation. As part of our research into the context and purpose of the project, JBA reviewed and synthesised numerous national and local bushfire guidelines and standards with the outcomes verified by DFES and applied to the design. Documentation such as the Australian Standard (AS 3959) Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas was used to inform the design of Bushfire Hazard Separation Zones, while DFES’s input helped inform the appropriate Asset Protection Zones.

In the concept design phase the design team leveraged DFES’s existing relationship with the Bindjareb Elders and local community, spending time to understand the site within its regional context. The final design interprets the connection between plants, soil, and groundwater and generates distinct plant response patterns. These patterns are understood by Bindjareb People and are a significant part of their story and relationship to this country.

Detailed design of the Bushfire Centre for Excellence has recently been completed and the project is currently under construction.

Client:

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

JBA Role:

Landscape Architect