Matraville Youth and Cultural Hall

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Project summary

    • Project summary:  As part of Council's continued effort to provide and maintain high-quality public spaces, Matraville Youth & Cultural Hall is undergoing an upgrade to ensure the area can better serve the community. Council will be upgrading council infrastructure which includes but is not limited to construction of new hall, there will also be a new forecourt, bathrooms including accessible facilities, kitchen, bicycle racks plus landscaping works and other miscellaneous civil works.
    • Status: Construction to commence on the week of 23 January 2023 to be handed over by March 2024.
    • Location: 1-5R Knowles Avenue Matraville.
    • Contact officer: Mark Falaniko, Senior Project Manager 02 9093 6759 or email mark.falaniko@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Background

The Matraville Youth and Cultural Hall has remained unchanged since the late 1950s or early 1960s, is in poor condition and is not serving the community well.

Towards the end of 2022 the old building will be demolished and construction will commence on a new building to better suit the current and future needs of the local community.

Key features

  • Community hall
  • Covered outdoor space adjoining hall
  • Kitchen
  • Storage area
  • Bin/ waste area
  • Bathrooms, including accessible facilities
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Bicycle racks·

The hall will feature a number of new sustainability features, including:

  • Solar panels and battery storage
  • Rainwater tanks for water reuse
  • Energy efficient hot water, lighting and heating
  • Fans and large louvre openings to assist natural ventilation
  • EV charging station on the street

Trees

The site is densely planted with Australian native species including eucalypts, paperbarks, casurina and banksia. The layout of the building was designed to retain as many of these trees as possible, with only two native trees planned for removal. Five new trees and extensive ground planting is planned for the site.

A key project outcome was to retain a much-loved and significant Blackbutt tree at the pedestrian entry on Knowles Avenue. Internal specialist structural testing of its trunk confirmed that it was in good health, so the ramp and stairs were designed to minimise damage to its roots and retain it as a feature of the entry forecourt.

Timeline

  • Construction Commencement - Week of 23 January 2023
  • Completion Handover - March 2024

Project Stages:

  • Demolition
  • Earth Works
  • Substructure
  • Landscape

All current hall hirers will be given plenty of notice once closure dates for this venue have been established.

Resources

Further information

Mark Falaniko
Senior Project Manager  
Randwick City Council
02 9093 6759
mark.falaniko@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Last Updated: 21 December 2022
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