ON PAPER: Designer Peter Hirst (left) and Chris Allen from the Ballina Shire Council with plans for the new community centre.
ON PAPER: Designer Peter Hirst (left) and Chris Allen from the Ballina Shire Council with plans for the new community centre.

'Futuristic new centre for Lennox

By PATRIZIA REIMER

PETER HIRST describes it as iconic in form but practical by nature.

It's his concept design for a state-of-the-art Lennox Head Community Centre. It was unveiled yesterday and described as a facility built for sustainability, practicality and 'inclusion'.

Peter, director of Greenway Hirst Page, which was awarded the tender for the design of the $5 million facility, said the building was modelled to reflect the Lennox Head community.

"There's a bit of a wave image, and the building is meant to be organic in feeling. It should give the impression the building flows," he said.

"It's meant to reflect the Lennox community, the roundness, it's very much an integration of inside and outside spaces."

The building is futuristic both in form and operation using passive and active sustainable engineering features throughout.

From the wide eaves, to big towers surrounding the building which store both equipment in the lower levels and re-used water in the top, help to cool the building. Wind turbines and photovoltaic cells provide alternative energy sources for power and solar water heating.

The building will have five entrances, a 700 to 720 seat auditorium which is also an indoor sports hall, a coffee shop, youth centre, playgroup area, meeting rooms and a library.

"We've got to share facilities these days," Mr Hirst said.

"This design allows sections of it to be shut off when they're not being used so we're not heating and cooling them.

"Natural airflow will cool the large stadium, so there won't be air conditioning."

The concept design will be online next week at www.ballinacouncil.com.au.

A public forum will be held today between 9.30am and 11.30am at the CWA Hall in Park Lane Lennox Head for people to view the design and discuss its finer details



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