Project Profile: Upper Hunter Innovation Centre


Muswellbrook, NSW

Architect: Collins and Turner
Builder: North Construction and Building
Product: DecoBatten® 50 x 80mm Radius
Finish: Interpon Manor Red

Step into the future of education at the Upper Hunter Innovation Precinct in Muswellbrook, where the innovative use of DecoBatten® is reshaping architectural design. Developed collaboratively by Muswellbrook Shire Council and the University of Newcastle (UoN), the newly revealed Tertiary Education Centre stands as a symbol of innovation and forward-thinking.

Designed by the esteemed Collins and Turner Architects and constructed by North Construction and Building, this remarkable three-story structure establishes a new benchmark for educational facilities. Featuring sleek office pods, collaborative meeting spaces, and cutting-edge audio-visual technology, it is designed to nurture creativity and inspire groundbreaking ideas within our community.

But that's not all – the project also rejuvenated the heritage-listed 'Loxton House,' converting its upper level into a dynamic innovation hub seamlessly connected to the main building by a breathtaking glazed footbridge adorned with bespoke artwork.

At the core of this architectural marvel lies DecoBatten®, seamlessly merging functionality with aesthetics. The meticulously designed DecoBatten® Radius aluminium battens grace both the interior soffit and exterior facade, creating a captivating interplay of light and shadow with strategically positioned perforations in the design's exposed bases. Hand-cut to various lengths and expertly powder-coated in Manor Red, inspired by the region's esteemed wine heritage, DecoBatten® enhances the building's allure while effortlessly blending with the surrounding sandstone structures.

Featuring DECO’s 50 x 80mm Radius two-piece batten profile, the Tertiary Education Centre at Muswellbrook showcases the epitome of architectural innovation. The DecoBatten QuickClick™ system ensures effortless installation and a flawless finish, eliminating visible fixings and setting a new standard for efficiency and elegance in architectural design. As visitors explore the space, they are greeted not only by its striking beauty but also by the seamless integration of technology and practicality, making every aspect of the Tertiary Education Centre a testament to forward-thinking design.

Reflecting on the project, Stuart Jones, NSW Sales Manager for DECO, remarked, "Bringing this vision to life was a journey of dedication and precision. Each DecoBatten® piece was meticulously crafted to perfection, ensuring flawless integration that enhances both form and function."

Experience the groundbreaking impact of DECO at the Upper Hunter Innovation Precinct in Muswellbrook, where its innovative installation methods are pushing the boundaries of architectural innovation.

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