Lady GowrieSouth Hobart
ERA was engaged to work collaboratively with a team of architects and prepare a development application of an integrated early childhood centre (birth-5 years) that involved the provision of all programs and services into the one facility. This included:
- Long day care facility including respite care for vulnerable families;
- Provision of support services for families with children who are experiencing challenges with parenting and social issues;
- Child Health Care Services such as immunisation and external allied health professionals and the implementation of community health projects;
- Training facilities for existing and new entrants to the early childhood education and care profession and allied health professionals;
The works required were the demolition of part of the existing building and the construction of a two-storey extension. This new section included a mixture of indoor areas, outdoor play areas, a rooftop garden and mezzanine areas overlooking void areas.
The site included a number of constraints and relied on a significant number of discretions under the planning scheme to obtain approval. These included being located in a residential zone, being contaminated, and being capable of providing only a minimal number of parking spaces on site. ERA was required to review reports by sub-consultants involved in the project, including about site decontamination and traffic impact assessment, and to ensure consistency with both the planning scheme requirements and the architectural/site development plan. ERA was successful in obtaining the planning permit and the centre is now fully operational.