"...as Green Square has become a significant focus of urban consolidation in Sydney, the delivery of high-quality community facilities like this are a priority..."
Perry Park is now at the centre of Sydney’s most intensive urban consolidation. With a new town centre masterplan in place, the role of community centres like this, have come under scrutiny. Lippmann Partnership’s original scheme for the Centre amounted to the replacement of the existing poorly equipped two court facility. The design incorporated 6 new basketball courts with a range of other sports configurations. These courts were to be split into 2 separate halls with management offices and administration, program and child care facilities, storage, toilets and change rooms providing a central service spine through the centre of the building. Above this, further space is made available for flexible non-programmed community functions. A generous internal foyer complements the external concourse allowing large groups of patrons and visitors to congregate, buy refreshments and enjoy views of the park and the centre. The east facade of the building is fully glazed and protected by a large projecting roof to provide desirable views across Perry Park and protect the interior from undesirable summer heat gain. The roof is a lightweight cable-stayed structure spanning 50 metres across the building and providing efficient use of material. It also provides a silhouette from the distance to landmark the building from the town centre or on approach for patrons arriving by public transport. Natural ventilation and lighting, as well as the reuse of roof water for park irrigation and grey water, make the building facility environmentally sustainable.