The City of Kingston set out to improve the site of one of its senior citizens buildings so that it could be a multi-age, multi-use precinct or hub. Not only could the existing space better service the older citizens, it could allow others such as scout and school groups another meeting place.
The building has kept the same bones but has been given a complete facelift. One of the project challenges was to blend old with new so that the new elements didn’t look like an extension. A combination of render, facing brick and cladding has achieved a more contemporary look.
A floating floor was installed instead of the prescribed bamboo floor as CBG had heard of issues on other sites with direct sticking bamboo to concrete. This suggestion, which the client approved, ended up costing them less.
OH&S compliance issues that CBG either overcame or avoided included lots of trades on site, overhead power that needed to be moved underground during construction, parklands neighbouring the site and asbestos removal.
The overall outcome has been successful in meeting the needs of different community groups and was delivered in the spirit of collaboration to which the project aspired. As part of entering the new century, the building now has cabling in place for solar panels to be installed.