Primary Industry Resource South Australia
Loxton, South Australia
Conference facility to seat up to 200 people, meeting areas, demonstration kitchen and flexible working spaces.
Master Builders Association (SA), Best Commercial Building ($2 - 5 million) - 2017

The redeveloped Loxton Research Centre will support and promote the Riverland region’s world-class reputation as a leader in agriculture and producer of premium food and wine. The redevelopment forms part of the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program, which is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the Government of South Australia.

A new striking and contemporary building sits beside the existing centre and accommodates multi-function flexible conference rooms and offices. Thoughtfully designed working space allows for flexibility, multi-functionality and a relaxed environment. Integrated into the design is a distinctive purpose-built demonstration kitchen for celebrity chefs and the region’s food and wine producers to promote their produce, as well as support catering for conferences.

The project is underpinned by a strong commitment to the optimal use of sustainable design technology in both its construction and operation. Energy efficient mechanical systems work cohesively with the flexible wide opening sliding glass doors, providing fresh air into the conference spaces, along with immediate access to the expansive deck breakout space overlooking the heritage walnut orchard. The expansive use of energy efficient glazing, sheltered by large roof overhangs, offers all work and conference areas abounding natural light so as to minimise the use of the carefully selected LED lighting.

The project delivers on the Loxton Research Centre vision, which is to create a hub that brings together industry, research, education and government to drive agriculture and inspire business innovation and collaboration for regional, state, national and international benefit.