16-0216 v3.X Building Size-Mixed Use Building

Question:

Our project is a proposed mixed-use and retail building containing a number of different tenancies including a supermarket, specialty shops, food outlets, medical centre, pharmacy, child care centre, gymnasium and café. The proposed approximate footprint of the building and area breakdown is as follows, with some of these areas located on an upper level: Whole Building Footprint 13,700 m2 Supermarket 4,800 m2 Mini-major tenancy 1,400m2 Childcare 800 m2 (internal), 950 m2 (external) Health and well-being precinct (gym, medical centre, pharmacy) 1,400 m2 Showroom 400 m2 Amenities 130 m2 Casual dining 1,450 m2 Fresh food (no prepared/cooked on site) 1,100 m2 Retail services 1,050 m2 Circulation 2,000 m2 Although the building will be under a single owner (landlord), we feel that the proposed design meets the intent of this Imperative for the following reasons: The majority of the building’s spaces are public access spaces that are open for at least 8 hours per day for the majority of the year, with a large variety of tenants and different groups using the building at different times of the day; The building contains a mix of different uses (retail, fresh food, dining, health and medical, child care); and The supermarket tenancy is of a size typical for suburban shopping centres in Australia. Although the supermarket tenancy exceeds the 3,750 m2 threshold as a whole, the majority of this space is the public access shop floor area, and the back- of-house areas are well below this threshold.

Answer:

Because this facility incorporates retail, medical, dining, childcare and other functions, which address different occupancy groups and times of building use, it is considered to have multiple uses and thus is exempt from the
maximum footprint requirement for a building with single uses, single owners, or single tenants. To meet the intent of creating human scaled places that promote human interaction, larger multi-use facilities should still be delineated to address human scale in order to promote human interaction and provide connections to nature. Strategies might include creating significant building interior and exterior articulations that allow for gathering spaces and a range of spatial experiences, separating functions to allow access to the exterior spaces, differentiating building elements through massing and allowing public passage through the project.


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