M John Larham AIA(A+), Registered Architect
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DeBox Notes EXPRESSION OF INTEREST & TENDER (Includes 3no. A3 Drawings)
FULLY RESOLVED SCHEMATIC,
TENDERING & CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
SORELL MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
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“ … An urban transplant to be
made with the care of cosmetic
surgery. It will spark a new hub
precinct, brighten council life &
visits and prompt a change of
heart for old Gordon Street ……”
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16 SanFrancisco St, Sorell
7 Blackwood Drive,
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Proposed Community Administration Centre
To whom it may concern,
In examining the plans provided by Mr John Latham of DeBOX Architectures it is my opinion, as an archaeologist and
heritage consultant, that such a development would be sympathetic to the historical landscape under the following
• That any work complement the railway heritage of the area;
• That consideration be given to sub-surface archaeology of the area;
• That there be due consideration to future developments of the Railway Shed;
• That it be sympathetic to any future heritage developments to the area.
I would be happy to answer any questions concerning the heritage of the area that Council may have.
Archaeologist and Heritage Consultant
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The goal is a site & building design, documented to the satisfaction of Council & fit to go to market for tender
and construction. To achieve this:
Debox_Degrid Architectures must;
Work with council to review and develop the design seed presented here; tailored to cost,
facility and appearance.
This will involve consideration of preliminary drafts and confirmation of semifinal and final
documents; looking to constraint for Final Design Review of 23March12 and Design &
Construction Documents Complete at 12April12.
For this council seeks a total cost in the order $50,000 inclusive of subconsultants.
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Council’s request is not queried with respect to its selected general siting. It is
moving from the mixed values of a fine old building in the old centre of town to a
spacious area with lots of options. A town the likes of Sorell needs and values its
roots; having broken its old, we need to attach it newly to Sorell’s common cultural
heritage. This can be well achieved at the new site area; however we must take care
to position it in this precinct to best value for the town. And so the task becomes
more than a building on a specific title in an established pattern; both the pattern
needs to be established and the precise siting. All this is not to frustrate but is
simply part of the responsibility of the modern striving.
The logic for the proposal flows.
The Precinct Character First
Currently the precinct has no defined character. It behoves
urban management to have some future strategy. There is one
presented in this submission. However by and large the
building solution & siting suggested can likely weather a
number of other forms of precinct layout and character. If there
is time council may prefer to undertake archaeology and
community consulations as an extra on this submission;
however these can probably occur during and after construction
of the building.
The Old Bellerive Sorell Railway
This is celebrated and thoroughly documented in a book by
John Haughton (local library). There is not a lot of obvious
evidence of it left on the ground. There are however the old
engine shed and the stationhouse which can me made into
significant keystones and which support the railway as
popularly worthy of interpretation and memorial. This can be
done using creative urban layout and street illustration –
though it remains of value otherwise, a future budget and a
wealth of professional artists, designers and writers and
including the local school could muster wonderful lasting
embellishment to enrich the area. We don’t need that budget
for now though. All we need is some shrewd town planning to
draw the mind to the old track, the rugged railyard and its
remnant and so the people who used it all. We can value-add to
Council’s expended moneys on a conservation plan for the old
shed. We can establish a footway continuum from station lane
past the old stationhouse (with its sandstone railwall) all the
way out the line to join the landscaped walkway between the
new suburban properties westward. Paving of this continuum
at least at the station area could carry designs to illustrate the
rails & possibly a reconstructed sandstone railwall opposite the
remnant at the stationhouse. Each side between the established
buildings can be commercial/residential drawcard buildings for
people and a market mall can be created over time.
This mall may change character from hardedge urban to linear
landscape as it progresses west. It forms a perfect heritage edge
to found the local identity of the ne Community Administration
Centre. It also forms a perfect opportunity to enhance the
remnant heritage shed.
The old racecourse and other uses draw archaeological interest
in this area also. Research in future would certainly reveal
some items that could be revealed and enjoyed through urban
The football oval though not yet ‘ye olde’ is a healthy item that
can be immortalised with some simple urban trickery and
notation – reminder of the days of parochial match rivalries.
So there is lots of heritage interest in the proposed siting. Refer
to the plans with this tender.
Exactly Where to Put the Building(s)?
Location has to do with the spread of the building. A compact
two storey design is economical in construction and energy use.
It also offers good views and prominence; foundations for
identity and character. So the built facility is compact.
It may be some time before the precinct layout is established
yet the new Centre is needed quickly.
It needs vehicular access in accord with future precinct
development. The site shown on the plan provides opportunity
for quite direct access immediately with a gravel or fully formed
The north of the building collects the sun, the hill and the
people from cars through its front door(s). The south for a while
will have temporary use and access as rudimentary ground
useable by the community subject to the resolve of access
frustrations and the daily use of the Council depot eventually to
become a market stroll and to grow into a Railyard Market Mall
accessing boutiques, museum, restaurant in the old shed ,
There is no interference with Men’s Shed nor the Rotary facility
until some comfortable future time when progress has its way
and respectful changes are coordinated.
Siting to suit the suggested Railway Market Mall remains
feasible regardless if the mall be not proceeded with.
The Character of the Building
We can use the design to bolster the railyard theme, to enhance
the old engine shed and stationhouse. This can be done by
using some cues from the Searson brothers designs who did
this station and others in Tasmania. It can be done with
As well we want to leap into the future by optimising our
present; modern materials and expressions.
As well we may invoke expressions of the racecourse etc.
This is the art of architecture and something okay will happen
for councils final approval. It cannot be achieved before a
decent design process. And here may be some call for
archaeological work and community input.
The area where the proposed new road crosses the rail mall
creates four high profile sites. These are not preferred for the
Centre because the configurations add to the building cost and
also they are less effective in supporting the railyard character
by being distant from its hub and the remnant buildings there.
It is interesting that the intersection at this location offers
opportunity for some creativity with a rail crossing.
Another site option maybe opposite side of the mall from where
it is shown
And another may be directly opposite the stationhouse. This
site may best be low profile commerce mixed with residential or
The Technical Aspects and ‘Sustainability’
Engineering and energy conservation will be rudimentary and
practical suiting the simple nature of the building.
The interiors will profile public, politic & business receptions,
visual communications for public interest & information,
meetings, ceremonials, work place amenity, storage, circulation,
workplace efficiency and inspiration.
Ceiling heights will vary between 2.7 & 3.5 metres. The roof
forms will reflect as opportune in ceiling form; the top floor
gable may bring a more spacious interior.
It may be desirable to relieve vinyl floor monotony with timber &
carpet subject to cost refinements.
Similarly plaster wall monotony may be eased with dado, panels
There will be a stair & lift. Natural light will be optimised.
The outdoor-indoor transition will be eased with tree shadows,
pergola and rain shelter. Carparking will be convenient.
Timeframes & Costs
There appears a mood to move fairly swiftly to construction and
within a lean budget. The timeframe for design avails little for
deliberation; ideally the reflexes of the architect with ears to the
client and public should carry the day as various design options
arise to be weighed in impact and cost. Where there may be
extra funds; workshopping is welcomed.
The compact and simple form of the building proposed is key to
its economy & speed of construction. The proposal to use
essentially conventional materials and methods in construction
reinforce this. The footprint of a two storey building is smaller
and so the cost of landscaping is smaller.
Non conventional building character elements as justified must
be cost guarded during design. It is fortunate that these
elements in this case are fairly rudimentary anyway and so not
Landscape & carpark cost analysis is left in abeyance subject to
Council’s potential involvement.
The precise siting of the building needs to be confirmed. Siting
to suit the suggested Railway Market Mall remains feasible
should the mall be not proceeded with.
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Option 1: Partial Architect Service: Fully resolved schematic design;
satisfactory for construction detailing & tendering, negotiation &
contract administration by others. Rate for architects carry-over liaison with
others being $110/hr. Subject to terms.
Maximum $38,000 + GST
Option 2: Partial Architect Service: Option 1 + full construction documents;
satisfactory for tendering, negotiation & contract administration by others
Exclusive of subconsultancies, approval fees etc & variations Rate for
architects carry-over liaison with othersbeing $110/hr. Subject to terms.
Being $38,000 + $52,000 Maximum $90,000 + GST
Option3: Full architect Service: Option 2 + tendering, negotiation and contract administration;
Exclusive of subconsultancies, approval fees etc & variations. Rate for architects variations $110/hr,
draftsman $80/hr. Subject to terms.
Being $90,000 + $25,000 Maximum $110,000 + GST
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Accredited Building Practitioner – Tasmania, Victoria
Built & Urban Architectures: URBAN LAND ROOM IDENTITY
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My early experience, pre Registration, in private and government sectors involved gymnasiums, squash courts, Granada Tavern,
transportable buildings, modular toilet units, motel units, Smithton School renovation, houses and units, corporate interiors in NZ and
11 Murray Street Hobart.
Post Registration experience began with Town Hall interior renovations, Town Hall stonework refurbishment, North Hobart oval
spectator roof 400sm, bus shelters and street furniture, urban design analysis of development applications covering a huge range of
building types, proposal designs for the Mawson place area, interior renovation of old grandstand, three pump stations, a wastewater
laboratory total 700sm, house designs, house additions, 2 storey tourist accommodation-pharmacy (beginning construction February
2012), Huon Arcade redevelopment.
Refer CV for details.
Refer CV for details
Hobart Waterfront International Urban Design Competition
East Devonport Urban Design Framework January 04 short-
listed for this project. Ms Sandra Knowles 64 279985, 0408
279968, Ms Angela Castles Devonport City Council.
Hobart Waterfront, Article in www.tasmaniantimes.com
Major Tourism Project for Forestry Tasmania – November 03
short-listed for Hollybank Forest Project, Ms. Peta Dowell-
Hentall, Project Assessment Panel 6233 8154.
Devonport Riverside Plaza – submission.
Devonport Heritage Study – submission.
Bellerive Quay Urban Design – competition winner, Mr Peter
Edwards, Chair of Business Association 6244 5512.
State of the Environment Report, Settlement Committee –
Ms Elaine Stratford, Chair 6226 2463 and Mr Steven Waight,
Manager, Resource Planning and Development 6233 2795.
Submissions to Model Planning Scheme Review – Mr Robin
Nolan, Review Board, 6233 2795.
Tasmania Together Workshops – 4 day Workshop run by
Tasmania Together Project. Issues to do with character of place,
decentralisation, community ownership and voice are listed in
South Hobart Townscape Project Brief – preliminary brief, Mr
Brendan Lennard, Urban and Heritage Architect, Hobart City
Council 6238 2711.
South Hobart Urban Detail Data Sheets – assessment of detail
and production of data sheets to support community townscape
project, Mr Brendan Lennard, Urban and Heritage Architect,
Hobart City Council 6238 2711.
Hobart Streetworks Masterplan – a detailed framework brief
for the building of a fully comprehensive set of plans. This is
designed as a practical programming and early warning interface
between maintenance excavator and the urban character
documents. Mr Brendan Lennard, Urban and Heritage Architect,
Hobart City Council, 6238 2711.
St Helens Township Plan – Project Management and Urban
Architect for community based townscape plan, Mr Brown,
General Manager, Break O’Day Council at the time; Ms Lorraine
Biggs, Community Artist, 6372 5533; Mr Brendan Lennard, Urban
and Heritage Architect, Hobart City Council 6238 2711; Ms Jenily
Venaglia, Community Liaison, c/o 6226 2521.
Bicheno Townscape Manual – similar to that above, Mr Brendan
Lennard, Ms Jenily Venaglia; Mr Carl Trost, East Coast Regional
Development Organisation, 6375 1328 (other names associated
with ERDO are Helen and Tenniswood; also Mr Rob Nolan has
reviewed this Manual with respect to planning scheme review,
St Marys Townscape Project – similar above, Mr Gabriel
Calgano, Break O’Day Planner at the time, now GCC, 6216 6420;
Mr Peter Curtis now Director Planning HCC 6238 2711.
City of Hobart CBD Revitalisation Project – various
involvement with this project and the project group; Mr Peter
Curtis, Director Planning HCC 6238 271, Ms Carole Edwards,
Urban Designer an urban designer on the project, 6238 2900.
Urban Detail Hobart
North Hobart Townscape Project - Developer and coordinator
of this award winning project. It involved coronation of a
consultant of urban designers and an artist, Then Lord Mayor
Doone Kennedy, Alderman Darlene Haigh (c/o 6238 2711) and
then Alderman Dee Alty, c/o The Honorable Dick Adam 6398
Shay Gap Mining Township – 1978, assistance with this award
winning project by way of drafting and model making under the
employ of Lawrence Howroyd
Zeehan Renovation Assessment – 1978; in-situe assessment of
the township under the employ of Lawrence Howroyd.
Monte John Latham URBAN LAND ROOM IDENTITY COAST
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Debox_Degrid Architecture - MJ Latham Architect, Tasmania, Accredited Building Practitioner – Tasmania, Victoria
St Helens 3 shops prelim scheme, Myuana Rd underhouse renovation BA, Bundalla Rd Warehouse use conversion BA, Richmond Pharmacy BA,
207/209 Campbell St DA, 42 New Town Rd Surgery addition BA, Richardson Avenue 3 flats BA.
TOOL workshop addition & renovation -Mornington, Chapel front addition, Orford units DA, Davenport house, warehouse tilt slab rendition proposal,
New Town surgery expansion, appeal management for two units Campbell Street (withdrawn), Waterfront house/property Dennes Pt DA, contracts
for Dellas & Town & Country Planning.
Out-of-hours – not enough of them
viaTown & Country Planning - Chemist expansion sketch Richmond; residential schematics, renovation & additions; Woodbridge health centre DA;
warehouse strata; appeal witness; 20 unit subdivisions; Huonville arcade redevelopment; Redwood Drive village centre proposal; change of use
applications; scoping plan Kingston surf club; Melbourne:- shoptop redevelopment proposal; heritage house rooftop additions BA, units.
Out-of-hours – not enough of them
Residential schematics, renovation & additions, St Georges grounds Sorell rose garden masterplan, Blue Lagoon camp toilet conversion.
Marketing self-authored 350p paperback - Hows the House
Currently available in bookshops in Hobart & Wellington (Get your copy today!)
Entrant - Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition.
Who’s Planning Tasmania Anyway – conference attendance.
Crown Lands Office
One-year contract with Shack-sites Project (Title rationalisation from
shack-licensees to freehold or unencumbered Crown incl Aboriginal & European heritage, wastewater and bushfire management, access, political
protocol, public/shackowner meetings, dispute resolution – shackies, local councils, bureaucracy, government, ombudsman, wastewater and road
engineer, aboriginal heritage consultant, heritage council).
Out-of-hours – family. NZ, surfing, painting,
lobbying state planning.
2001 - 2005
Debox_Degrid Architecture - MJ Latham Architect, registered Architect and Accredited Building Practitioner – Tasmania
Small scale work (primarily low end residential).
East Devonport Urban Framework for local Community and Council (short-listed);
Wedgetail’s Eden, Forestry Tasmania Hollybank Tourism Proposal (short-listed);
DPIWE, State of the Environment Settlements Committee sittings,
Devonport Plaza Submission,
Voluntary Proposal, Settlement Museum (Hobart Town Hall),
State Housing Competition,
Sorell Townscape Committee,
Devonport Heritage Study Submission.
Ongoing professional development attendance to sustain solo practice.
family. NZ, surfing,
‘How’s the House’ embellishment and publisher search,
Mont Paints international marketing and local shows,
research and sketch Hobart cbd and Cove precolonial landscapes series,
Tasmanian Souvenir enterprise begun and abandoned, lobbying state planning.
1999 - 2000
M.J.Latham - Architect
Tasmania Together Future Search Workshops, participant.
Promotion of voluntary proposal, A Special State’s Special Towns - speculation for urban masterplanning.
Bellerive Village Townscape competition – winner.
DPIWE, State of the Environment Settlements Committee sittings
family, web sites,
design & laying sandstone paving,
painting, crafted desk top, renovation.
Development Services Division, City of Hobart
South Hobart Main Road Streetscape Plan – initial site documentation, in-principle brief.
City of Hobart Streetworks Masterplan - initiation and detail brief.
1994 – 98
Tecton Consulting, City of Hobart
Municipal architecture, townscape projects, community cultural development, public art coordination, streetscape design - all including: -
CBD Revitalisation –research and schematics, some initial mall studies; mall roof initial schematics and location; some design committee
New Selfs Point Wastewater Laboratory Building – location review, design and contract observation.
Argyle Street multistorey Carpark revamp and Wellington Court Redevelopment – basic spatial designs (landform, removal of vehicular ramp,
pedestrian movement), cladding and colour discussions.
National urban design conferences.
Development control consultation.
North Hobart Grandstand rooms refit designs.
Civic Square Site design discussions and schemes.
Wapping, Lower Collins Street, art wall and defunct entrance sculpture dispute discussions, artist selection committee and liaison.
Bicheno Townscape Manual, St Helens Township Plan; project coordinator, team management, community workshops, committee liaisons, urban
architecture, site assessment, report manager.
Context friendly pump houses at Long Beach, Queenborough and Selfs Point
Town Hall Site Development, initial design brief – incl original cove landform interpretation, use options, multiple building accommodation
connections, integration with Franklin square.
Lord Mayors Secretarial Office – gut 1970’s refit and reinstate heritage quality.
daughter born, cottage building.
1988 - 94
Planning and Development Division, City of Hobart
Urban architecture and planning, varied, interesting work in the midst of professionals and workers of many disciplines - including coordinations, briefs, schematics,
detail, documentation, contract administration, reports, committees, multidisciplined specialists, aldermanic consultation, public relations and ‘crows nest’ view of many
Statutory Urban Design and heritage development appraisals - planning appeals, Council reports, letter writing.
Public Art Policy – self initiated proposal to Council.
Town Hall and Council buildings renovation, interiors, kitchen and work on Town Hall Conservation Plan, heritage interiors and stone restoration
North Hobart Oval - various schematics
North Hobart Oval Spectator Roof .
Salamanca Public Toilets – location proposals, design, detail, contract management.
Urban detail - signs and interpretation panels, bus shelters and street furniture, public spaces, small pool shade, monument design, Dutch Fountain
location and negotiation, St Davids Park Lion Sculpture placement.
North Hobart Townscape Project (award) – community-based multi-discipline placemaking project, project brief and coordination, video direction,
community committee work, Community Art Pavement.
St Marys Townscape Project – role as HCC coordinator.
Cove Tramway Committee member.
M J Latham - Architect
St Marys Townscape Project - Urban Architect and Manager for St Marys Association for Community Development.
Forestry Tasmania Hollybank Forest Centre competition - entrant.
Registration - Architect.
1985 - 88
University of Tasmania
Semesters 1-6 Architecture, graduation, thesis - Value Architecture; incl Sorell Regional Library Plans.
Blythe, Yeung and Menzies - Architects, Hobart
Government Executive Building - Interior layout, fitout and furniture.
Housing Department of Tasmania
Design, drafting, unit planning.
Out-of-hours – 4thson, studies, country life.
1986 - 87
Jeremy Olphert and Associates, Wellington, New Zealand
Corporate office interiors and small building design - flat out documentation. Out-of-hours – studies, seaside life, NZ trains, Maoris
Department of Construction, Architecture Unit, Tasmania
Ulverstone Hospital - presentation sketch, renovation plans, bedside service details, site assessment.
School renovation drafting.
Gymnasium signs and logo piece.
Out-of-hours –entrant Roma Railway Expo Urban Renewal Competition, studies
1980 - 84
Tasmanian State Institute of Technology
Final semester and graduation Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, Major Study - Dream House; the Complete Romance and Handbook.
House designs, handyman; agencies and labour.
Tasmanian Art Outlet, local art hire - establishment and running own business.
studies, country life, camping, cottage building,
local newspaper editor, two art exhibitions.
1976 - 79
Contract drafting, small building and renovation design, exploration of painting and graphic design, handyman, café, market garden, farm hand.
Out-of-hours – , marriage, 1st
son, country life, killing sheep, camping, contemplation,
surfing, writing, painting NZ, Qld, NSW.
Lawrence H Howroyd and Associates - Architects and Town Planners
Cadet architect working in Hobart and Perth on job winning presentations and designs for transportable buildings and town planning for Rosebery
mining village, Shay Gap and Laverton remote mining villages, minor buildings and renovations, squash courts, school gymnasium, tavern, caravan
park ablution modules and kit houses, Port Arthur Model Prison Chapel heritage interior reconstruction, surgery - involving drafting, model-making,
various, sketch design and presentation.
L Howroyd wins Duke of Edinborough Award
Tasmanian College of Advanced Education
Semesters4 – 5 Environmental Design
Out-of-hours – studies, painting, surfing, writing.
IN THE BEGINNINGS
Tasmanian College of Advanced Education
Semesters3-4 Environmental Design
School of Architecture, Hobart Technical College
Jobs and in between
Retail Storeman, Bank Clerk
Pursuit of ongoing artist expressionism through painting and writing.
Out-of-hours – studies, painting, surfing, writing..
Hobart Matriculation College
Out-of-hours – casual pursuits in art, writing and surfing.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania; second eldest of five children, son of a successful electrical contractor and builder of boats and several unique houses - probably
the first Seidleresque house in Tasmania.
Monte John Latham URBAN LAND ROOM IDENTITY COAST
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Architecture, townscape, land-use and community-cultural development, as they exist in reality amid the mixed results of our sullied
human nature, are my link to true actualisation and the ideal of ‘paradise’. In this real world I work gregariously to extend the
culturally supportive environment in order to enhance our individual and collective delight.
People living in a paradise will actualise and construct … to joyfully fulfil themselves, their family and fellows. Any threat to that
paradise will modify that actualisation by the development of solemn purpose.
My own individual impulse in a paradise would be to actualise both ethereally and functionally in art and in building - focused on
identity, home, cultural communication in daily life and the natural untouched beauty and potentials of locale. This would address
any aesthetical intervention in the environment and the politics of it. This focus would be in finishing works and events that support
appeal to the spectrum of delights. In this way land-use planning is an architecture capable of fostering delight. Functional
constructions carry delight.
One of the collective delights is achievement by others of appropriate individual expression in the environment as part of the cultural
accumulation – a celebration of individuality. This delight can arise from the ethereal thumbprint on a jewellery piece, a manner of
speech, unique placement of an industrial item, an inspiring land-use program or simply an aesthetic aspect of an otherwise pragmatic
building. All interface in physicality and culture.
Another collective delight is the home locale. This is under severe threat in today’s world. It is invaluable to remind people of the
fullness of their individual address, their original landscape, their rights and potentials in the public realm and their shared ownership
of development. It is invaluable to refresh the delicately sensitive links to the paradise portion of our world - and consequently to
foster individual actualisation and delight …… unique development, industry and enjoyment.
Art is real. It is the difference between building and architecture … and planning and cultural landscape. Architecture is art. Art may
be economic or otherwise. Packaging may be pragmatic or communicative. A building is much more than an artful package.
Excellence more often than not is low in profile.
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