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ERA was engaged to work collaboratively with a team of architects and prepare a development application for an integrated early childhood centre (birth to 5 years) to provide all programs and services in the one facility. This included:

  • long day care facility including respite care for vulnerable families
  • support services for families with children who are experiencing challenges with parenting and social issues
  • child health care services such as immunisation, external allied health professionals and community health projects
  • training facilities for staff in early childhood education, caring professions and allied health professionals.

The works required were the demolishing part of the existing building and building 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 various 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.

We acknowledge and respect Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners of Lutruwita (Tasmania).

They are the original custodians of our land and waters. We respect their unique ability to care for country and deep spiritual connection to it.

We honour Elders past, present and emerging whose knowledge and wisdom has and will ensure the continuation of culture and traditional practices.