Wollongong Council has released updated plans for the Austinmer Beach Pavillion.
Council is keen to improve the ageing facility and had put forward a radical overhaul. However there has been overwhelming community support in favour of retaining the facade of the historic building.
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Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM says the amount of feedback received has been terrific.
“Through our consultation the community made it clear they consider this building as much more than an amenities building,” he says.
“They did not want the wood composite material and large cut out male and female figures on the front of the building. We welcome this feedback, and have adjusted the plans while also taking into account the building’s heritage significance.
“The key changes to the initial design include the removal of the cladding and the large male and female figures denoting the toilets. We’ve also added more seating on the building’s northern and southern ends, and will build full-width stairs with handrails to provide access to the roof.
“In addition, the external wall at the southern end will be extended to try and reduce the impact of big seas on the building.
“Inside, there is better segregation between the toilets and the changing area. The toilets are on the western wall and shower doors will be fitted for privacy. There’ll also be bench seats and hooks in each cubicle, and incorporated a family change room on the building’s southern end.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed design to the amenities building,’’ Cr Bradbery says.
“We value feedback as it provides us with the opportunity to work together to improve a treasured community space in a way that works for all users.”
Council will now complete a detailed design for the building and, once these have been completed, go out to tender for the construction contract.
Construction is scheduled for winter 2019.