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Community centre combines environ sensitivity and economy - Stramit Building Products Media Release
last updated 29/11/11
Stramit Building Products
Products used in this project
Stramit Monoclad®
Materials used in this project
COLORBOND® Ultra steel
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Woodland Grey®
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Community centre combines environ sensitivity and economy - Stramit Building Products Media Release Community centre combines environ sensitivity and economy - Stramit Building Products Media Release


Community centre combines environ sensitivity and economy - Stramit Building Products Media Release


Community centre combines environ sensitivity and economy - Stramit Building Products Media Release

A new community centre built on a sensitive coastal site south of Sydney has been recognised for its unique design and low environmental footprint.

Prince Henry Community Centre at Little Bay won an Excellence in Construction Award for Environmental Management from the NSW Master Builders Association in the 2009 Awards.

The multi-purpose community and cultural centre, built by Grindley Construction on the site of the former Prince Henry Hospital, was recognized for its design excellence, informed by environmental, economic and social sustainability and sensitivity to the site's heritage.

Grindley Construction and Lahznimmo Architects partnered to win the tender for the design and construction of the $5.2 million community centre for master developer Landcom and Randwick City Council. Grindley and Lahznimmo produced the most environmentally appropriate design, as well as the best value for money.

The centre is a complex of three primary elements: a low-slung building containing staff and support areas; a larger multi-purpose space; and an auditorium.

The first building is set 2.5m below existing ground level, with a flat garden roof that makes it appear as an extension of the existing landscape. The other main buildings, housing the auditorium and multi-purpose rooms, are separate entities that rise above the plane of the low, landscaped roof, giving the complex greater visual impact than a single-roofed structure.

Both indoor and outdoor spaces are provided for cultural activities and events, with interpretive elements incorporated into the construction including the floral imagery of local banksia shrub species, aboriginal words with local significance, and plantings of native species.

Because of the building’s exposure to harsh coastal conditions, materials were chosen for durability and visual appeal.

The multi-use building and the auditorium are clad with Stramit Monoclad® roof and wall cladding rolled from COLORBOND® Ultra coated steel in Woodland Grey® colour. Stramit Monoclad® cladding is an economical and practical profile with attractive lines and deep ribs for excellent spanning and high water carrying capacity.

Project
Prince Henry Community Centre

Location
Little Bay, Sydney

Builder
Grindley Construction

Architect
Lahznimmo Architects

Roofing Contractor
AGF Metal Roofing

Roof & Wall Cladding
Stramit Building Products

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Source: Stramit Building Products media release
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