Address: Hensman Street, South Perth
Project Value: $6.2 million
Estimated Completion Date: January, 2018
Architect: Bollig Architects
Following a competitive tender process, PACT Construction was awarded the contract for the Ernest Johnson Reserve Community Facility redevelopment. The project follows PACT’s successful completion of the Manning Community Hub, continuing a strong working relationship with the City of South Perth, Bollig Architects and NS Projects.
The reserve is situated in a prime South Perth location bounded by South Terrace, Sandgate Street and Hensman Street. Once completed, PACT will have delivered a contemporary 4 Star Greenstar rated multi-purpose facility that accommodates the needs of sports clubs, community groups, the local community and the City.
The redevelopment will be conducted over three stages. Stage One involves bulk earthworks and installation of deep hydraulic and electrical services, the clearance of a new car park site and construction of two new buildings (including public toilets). To maximise efficiencies, construction of Building 2 will commence before Building 1. In keeping with PACT’s quality craftsmanship, strong emphasis will be placed upon the face brickwork, especially where glazed bricks are incorporated into the building envelope. PACT will work closely with the architect to ensure the design is followed with signature precision in order to achieve the desired quality.
Stage Two will see roadworks carried out, while car park works to both the Hensman Street and internal reserve areas will be undertaken in parallel with building works. Demolition of existing buildings will also take place, along with the relocation of cricket wickets, installation of reserve irrigation, and the construction of throwing circles, long jump pit, synthetic cricket pitches, large playground and social area.
Stage Three will involve the construction of croquet fields, refurbishment of the bowling club, and installation of a multi-use path and fitness equipment.
While PACT is well versed in projects of this nature, a series of challenges stand in the way of successful completion. Prior to any work commencing, all retainable trees will be identified and continually monitored throughout the project to ensure the reserve’s natural assets are protected. A sewer diversion is required before any works to Building 2 can occur, affecting the existing council offices to the southeast of the site. PACT will liaise fully with the City of South Perth to ensure that there is only minimal disruption during this time. Meanwhile, close communication with the bowls club will help ensure inconvenience is minimised while water main upgrades take place.
PACT is proud to be involved in this fantastic redevelopment, set to become not just a modern new recreational hub that preserves the reserve’s natural assets, but also a meeting point for the South Perth community.