Client : City of Wanneroo
SITE was engaged by the City of Wanneroo to design for a new change room and community facility in Banksia Grove. The Grandis Park Sports Pavilion will accommodate the social needs of Banksia Grove and its surrounding catchment area. The design approach for the new facility takes into consideration a building that is low maintenance and vandal resistant.
The existing site is bound by Joseph Banks Senior College to the South East and South, an existing carpark on Pinjar Road West and overlooks the open playing fields to the North. The location of the new facility was to the east of the original proposed area so to avoid being directly located behind the playing field goal post area which provided spectators with an improved view. This also takes into consideration junior sport playing times (usually mornings, the sun is low to the east). This provides the City an opportunity for a better connection to the east playing field (the College site) if needed. The location has better access to the existing car park.
The efficient Spatial planning minimises the building footprint (lower capital and ongoing cost) but also maximises the usability of the facility by arranging spaces for multiple user groups simultaneously. The change rooms are separate from the main facility located on the east side between and facing the two playing fields.
The building fabric consists of an insulated structural light gauge steel wall frame and clad with painted FC cladding to the central feature element. A single external lead of renders and painted masonry warps around the remaining buildings stud frame walls. The roof is a simple repeated light gauge metal truss which cantilevers to form column free verandas. the underside of the truss is lined internally to provide natural light and acoustic attenuation to the spaces below.
- Maximise the usability of the facility through arranging spaces for multiple user groups simultaneously. The main multipurpose function hall can be accessed from north or south veranda’s and has a secure undercover internal access to toilets facilities for events and functions.
- First aid room is located to enable easy access for an ambulance from the car park and can also be used as a separate, small meeting room if required.
- The change rooms are separate from the main facility located between and facing the two playing fields
- Large verandas to the North and South provide spectators undercover views to the ovals during sporting activities
As with all public facilities for local government ongoing maintenance is a major concern. The design uses prefinished cladding to all external surfaces requiring no ongoing maintenance for the life of the building, Impact resistant plasterboard lining is used internally for its durability. A centralised roof mounted plant minimises the potential of vandalism, roof sheet damage from roof foot traffic and risk for falls.
SITE adopted passive sustainable initiatives such as building orientation having the multi-purpose hall facing North / South glass shaded with deep verandas. The Western hot low angle sun is blocked/insulated from the Western kitchen and storerooms.
Mechanical, Hydraulic, and Electrical Services have been investigated and reviewed with the respective sub-consultants to ensure the life cycle cost benefits of each system, fixture or element is fully considered.
The arrangement of the roof creates a striking form which folds down the East and West facades. The building is a result of efficient spatial planning and is essentially a long, simple box with an expressed roof form. The building uses the strength of the simple box cantilevers the roof over the North and South Elevations, protecting windows from the sun and provide a column-free amenity for spectators. SITE took advantage of natural light opportunities afforded by the design. The verandas are lined with similar translucent polycarbonate sheeting to provide continuous diffused light for dusk/evening functions and also serve as security lighting. The roof plant is screened behind a painted FC sheet cladded cube which expresses itself in the spectator facade and separates the change room section from the multi-purpose hall The cladding and the panels adjacent to the change room doors are painted in the City’s branding colours.