Multi-purpose facility boosts Byron Bay park
The Byron Bay Shire Council sought to address the needs of several stakeholders when planning the construction of a local sports club change-room/toilet block at Tom Kendall Oval.
By council’s own admission, the diverse needs of many community groups were often “in conflict”, but through careful planning, the result was welcomed with “overwhelmingly positive” feedback.
The oval, located just north of Byron Bay at New Brighton, is used by both male and female soccer teams, as well as serving as base for a local farmers’ market which often hosts a band.
The complex includes two team change rooms (home and away teams), each with an open plan seating area more than adequate for each team. Off both change areas are single shower cubicles, with its own door, so females or males can shower in private.
The change rooms are separated by two unisex toilet facilities, one ambulant, and the other an accessible 7.5 square metre facility. The accessible toilet facility includes a shower, baby change table, its own sink, and a stainless steel disabled-compliant pan.
A separate service duct at the rear allows easy independent access for toilet maintenance, or storing cleaning equipment and sundry items.
An external “beach shower” on an external wall caters to local creek users or a quick boot clean!
The five degree-pitched skillion roof extended at the front to create a 2.4-metre-wide verandah, giving ample coverage for farmers’ market shoppers and weekend soccer spectators.
The roof is built with pre-cut Colourbond, custom orb sheeting (XRW Grade) in Woodland Grey, punctuated by Wonderglass translucent sheets to provide natural interior lighting, including within the cubicles.
Nikki Bourke, the Project Officer responsible from Byron Shire Council, congratulated Landmark for delivering a project that fit the brief, met the expectations of so many diverse groups, and met the budget.
“Byron Shire Council thank you and your professional team for delivering a change room facility that has been long-desired for sporting groups in the area,” Nikki said.
“Landmark have always been professional and courteous to deal with. Minor corrective actions were always dealt with promptly and effectively.
“The community feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with many of those originally opposed to the facility now very thankful for its existence.”