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Wanslea Cancer Wellness Centre, Cottesloe

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Winner of Gerry Gauntlett Award for Conservation and Adaptive Reuse.

Judges' citation: A very good community-based project that is considerate of the past while incorporating contemporary elements, bringing this historic building back to life. Five heritage buildings were conserved and refurbished for contemporary use, facilities enhanced with new buildings, with the landscaping creating a peaceful and pleasant environment for people affected by cancer.

Wanslea, now the Cancer Wellness Centre in Cottesloe, represents the successful conservation and refurbishment of a significant heritage building, allowing its continued use as accommodation for several community organisations.

The National Trust of Australia (WA) completed the project with primary funding from Lotterywest, a significant contribution by the Department of Education and other supporters. Bernard Seeber Architects led the design team, with building work undertaken by Western Projects and Colgan Industries .

Wanslea represents an example of current best practice conservation methods, processes and procedures coming together and achieving a functional and economically sustainable outcome.

2015 WA Architecture Awards

The Cancer Wellness Centre took home the Margaret Pitt Morison Award for Heritage at the 2015 WA Architecture Awards held on Friday 3 July at Crown Perth's Grand Ballroom.

Jury citation: The centrepiece of the site is the State Registered Wanslea, a substantial 1905 two-storey Federation Free Style building. The building has exception aesthetic, historic and social significance representing institutional buildings of the time and locality.

Originally, an orphanage, it was later used as a Red Cross army convalescent home, a children's care home and more recently for a community cancer support group and for childcare activities.

In collaboration with the National Trust, the architects prepared a master plan for the site that ensured high level conservation of the main building and outbuildings, successful adaptation of the 1958 former staff quarters cream brick building and construction of a multi-purpose hall.

The design respects the site's sloping topography and the well-established trees in its careful integration of the new building and the contemporary addition to the 1958 building.  The campus style approach to the site has allowed the cancer support groups to form the Cancer Wellness Centre to deliver a vital community service.

In a bold manner the new buildings inserted into the site are specifically non-referential to the adjoining heritage buildings The new components, using ruthlessly efficient construction logic, are expertly manipulated to sit comfortably alongside the scale and detail of the earlier buildings without being deferential.

Sound conservation principles have been followed through well considered site planning, the identification of compatible uses and the extent of physical conservation works. The introduction of additional uses has ensured the sustainability of the site well into the future.




 





 





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