Hamilton Uniting Church, The Commons and Atelier Jiri Lev joined forces to rethink the future of the existing Wesley Fellowship Hall on Beaumont St in Newcastle (NSW) in a new exciting development.
The client outlined their key requirements: fire escape, disability access, provision for lift, electrical upgrade, new kitchen, upgraded toilets, including accessible, 2 offices for church and chair storage. Other important opportunities were identified and added to the brief: visual connection to the street by lowering window sills to the seat level, shading and shelter for the building and the street, improvement of cross-ventilation and passive heating and cooling, moving The Commons community space, cafe and shop downstairs, whilst retaining a good size rentable hall, water retention on site (in multi-purpose planters/bollard/seats). Accessibility and bicycle parking will be important part of the development. A new shelter/portico is proposed for the neighbouring church building.
Three community presentations and feedback sessions have been held during February and March 2017. The design is currently being finalised and prepared for DA.