Address: McKay Street, Bentley
Project Value: $1.4 million
Construction Time: 20 Weeks
Architect: Scatena Clocherty Architects
The Clontarf Foundation has now moved into a new purpose-designed headquarters thanks to the generosity of PACT Construction and its suppliers and contractors. The not-for-profit organisation, which supports thousands of young Aboriginal men across WA, has teamed up with the WA building firm to transform the former Canning College visual arts centre in Bentley into its new central office.
PACT Construction undertook the project at cost, with its suppliers and contractors providing goods and labour for free or at heavily discounted rates to help make the $1.4 million makeover happen.
Jason Kunkler, General Manager at PACT Construction, said the renovation has created a purpose-designed building from which the Clontarf Foundation can expand the reach of its work.
“The new central office plays an important role in the future of this excellent organisation and we are delighted to have been involved,” Mr Kunkler said.
Established 15 years ago, the foundation works to improve the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.
It currently works with almost 3,000 indigenous teenagers on a daily basis to re-engage them with school, keeping them in class and then supporting them into meaningful jobs or further training. It aims to increase the number to 10,000 a year.
“Now completed, the refurbished building has given the foundation the space it so desperately needs to progress its plans, as well as extra facilities to enhance the programs that make such a difference to the lives of indigenous teenagers, their families and their communities,” Mr Kunkler said.
Situated within the Bentley education precinct, adjoining Curtin University, the new 487sqm headquarters includes office accommodation for 25 staff. The building also provides a base for regional staff from 55 locations across Australia when they are working in Perth.
The refurbishment included meeting rooms, staff hubs and an alfresco area, plus space on the 2,147sqm site for a landscaped area with a pavilion that can be used for the Clontarf Academy’s graduation ceremonies.