Hamilton Uniting Church and The Commons 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. A design proposal was prepared accordingly, also addressing other identified important opportunities: visual connection to the street by lowering window sills, summer shade and winter sun for the East facing street frontage controlled by addition of precision-calculated street awnings, also leading to improved cross-ventilation and passive heating and cooling. The Commons community space is moving downstairs. Several operable walls create a flexible space with a large hall as an important community asset. The proposal includes rainwater retention on site (in multi-purpose planters/seats/water tanks) and green walls. Accessibility is an 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.