Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

Tea room / Lunchroom

Space description

The Tea Room is a place for staff and/or visitors to access basic refreshments.  It should incorporate the main items identified in Tea Point, plus some general seating and informal gathering space.  A Tea room / Lunch room will typically be larger than a Tea point, and may have better proximity to front-of-house spaces, such as reception and meeting rooms.  These space may form part of a communal or breakout space, but will typically not include some of the furniture and fixtures found in a communal or breakout space.



This space is to be located adjacent to or near office / administration areas.

Staff work point (professional offices)

Staff Communal or Breakout Space

Academic work point (academic offices)

Department Reception

Entry Zone

Meeting Room

Seminar Room

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Room and Spaces Planning Requirements - To suit furniture layout.
- May have operable wall / doors to adjacent Seminar room or Communal space(project specific).
Design occupancy - Area to suit occupancy levels of adjoining office space
- Typical min 10m2
Area - Allow 0.5m2 per occupant
- Typical min 10m2
Other - One room / space per floor or department over 500m2.
- Can be shared with adjacent departments / areas, pending building/floor layout.
- Maximum 60m from any workpoint.

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Building fabric


General - Provide comfortable space fitout features, with respect to the building and the end user core business.
Design principles - Lunch rooms are to be designed to allow staff to reheat and eat food, and also provide an opportunity for staff to socialise with colleagues during lunch breaks.
Materials & finishes - Material selection to be explored through the design and briefing process

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Materials & Finishes

Walls- Feature wall colours are appropriate
Floors - Floor finish to be determind through design process
- Provide contrasting finishes to help distinguish between lunch room area and general office area where appropriate.
Ceiling- Ceiling fabric and finish to be determined through design process
- Provide contrasting finishes to help distinguish between lunch room area and general office area where appropriate.
- Allow for unique lighting where appropriate

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Internal Walls

Other - Pinboards may be fixed to walls if requested by end users.

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Preferred Material Selection - Vinyl or marmoleum floor preferred
Other - 150mm high Feather edge black vinyl skirting

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Ceiling Finishes - To designer's specification
Ceiling Heights - Minimum 2700mm above FFL
Ceiling Selection - Gridded or set plaster ceiling.
Acoustic Ceilings Gridded acoustic tile ceiling Ecophon Acoustic in White
NRC: 0.6 - 0.8 Absorptive Ceiling

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Window Selection Requirements Windows are desirable for this space.
Observation Windows Maximise windows to adjacent corridor.
Other - External glazing (if provided) to have a sill height of 1000mm mi. above FFL.

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Doors Type - Solid core doors to be used where required to provide acoustic separation to adjacent spaces
- Doors only required where acoustic requirements take preference
Door Function Not Lockable
Glazing Viewing panel to door or glazed side panel.

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General- Essential kitchen fixtures required - see Sanitary Fixtures
Other- Built in Cupboard with benchtop and overhead cupboards
- Provide waste bins to suit size of kitchen/tea point.

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Sanitary Fixtures

General- Basic reheat facilities
- Stainless Steel Sink
- Boiling /chilled Water Unit
- Dishwasher

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General Design Principles - Cafe and informal meeting style furniture to suit room size
Furniture Selection - Tables & Chairs for staff (one visitors chair each for 50% of staff)
- Lounge Chairs (one seat each for 25% of staff)
- Provide waste bins to suit size of kitchen/tea point.

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Fixed Furniture

Whiteboards - Whiteboards can be supplied if requested by users
Pinboards - Pinboard can be supplied if requested by users
Notice Boards -Notice boards can be supplied if requested by users
Kitchen & Tea Room Equipment Pending size of kitchen / lunch room, typically allow for:
- Microwave oven/s
- Fridge/s
- Benching surface and cupboard storage
- GPO's to benching for coffee machine, kettle, sandwich press (users to provide small appliances)
- Sink with appointements per 'Sanitary Fixtures'
- Space allocated and GPO's for vending machine/s where appropriate.
- Provide waste bins to suit size of kitchen/tea point.

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Window Coverings

Blinds - Blinds to windows as required by building and/or users
Curtains - Curtains to internal spaces may be used as feature screening devices between spaces/zones

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Macquarie University Signage and Wayfinding - Only applicable where lunch room is exclusive of all other spaces
Door Signage- Number Sequential within block ie. "TEA ROOM"

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Security type / group -
CCTV - Will typically be required to areas accessible by public.
Access control - Required to greater office area, or
- On entry door to room where Tea/Lunch room is exclusive of all other spaces.
Intruder detection - Not required
Keying Refer to Doors

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Noise level - Consideration Required.  Minimise noise carriage to work point areas with appropriate screening, furniture, and material and product selection.
Noise emittance - Medium internal noise level
Room to room - Room to room acoustics should be reduced
Room acoustics

 - To be considered through design process

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Natural ventilation - Natural ventilation as redundancy for mechanical system.
- Manually openable windows.
Supply air - As per building/floor system design
Exhaust - Provide Exhaust as required by regulations
Controls - Set points to greater office areas, as per mechanical design spec, or
- Room set point where room is exclusive of all other spaces.

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Mechanical cooling - Conditioned Space - Air Conditioning
Mechanical heating - Conditioned Space - Provide Heating to MQ Mechanical Standard
Controls - Commensurate with building system
- Reed Switch To Openable Windows / Louvres
- User control for the air conditioning units are to be located adjacent to the light switch in each room to enable the unit to be turned on or off.

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Potable cold water - To tapset at sink, boiler/chiller unit, and dishwasher.
Potable hot / warm water - To tapset at sink and dishwasher
Non-potable water - Not suitable
Other -

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Sanitary drainage - Connection to sink, dish washer & BWU
Trade waste - Not required

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Natural gas Not Required - Natural Gas fueled appliances not recommended.

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Fire protection

General- Fire protection to be considered as part of overall office design.
- All fire protection requirements should refer to Australian Standards, BCA, and any relevant alternative solutions.
Fire detection Fire detection / alarms to comply with NCC.
Fire suppression FIRE HOSE REEL - As required by regulations
EWIS - To code requirements
Portable fire equipment PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER/ BLANKET - to code requirements
Other -

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Lighting / lux levels - No specific lux level required generally.  Provide appropriate lux level lighting to zones within space as required - eg, collaboration tables will require appropriate lighting.
Lighting controls - Managed by BMS
- Switches banked in logical location.
- Breakout space lighting to typically be part of circulation space circuit. 
- Movement Sensor
- Manual Override
Other - Special and/or feature light fittings may be appropriate
Natural Lighting - Daylight- Natural daylight to room is desirable

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Type - Standard 10A GPO's where required.
- GPO points to suit equipment.
Quantity - To suit layout and function of space.
- Minimum 2 double GPO's mounted above kitchen bench
Other - GPO connections for fixtures as required.

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Communication / AV

Voice - Not required
Data - Not required
AV type - Not required
WAP - Wireless access to entire floor required

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Building Commissioning -
Services Commissioning -
As Built Documentation -

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