The completion of the first stage of Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s new child advocacy centre in Midland has coincided with a new milestone in the preservation of heritage-listed buildings in the Midland Railway Workshops precinct.
The $25 million Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre – only the second centre of its type in Australia – will allow for more children, young people and their families to access services in the treatment of trauma from abuse.
Built by integrated property and construction group Pindan, the Centre located at the corner of Watertank Way and Gauge Road is emerging alongside St John of God Hospital and the future Curtin Medical School as the historic workshops precinct evolves into a medical, health and wellbeing hub.
Pindan Group Business Development Manager James Allingame said that while design and construction of the new advocacy building took place, preservation works to adjacent historic buildings also took place.
As we built the Centre on one site, we undertook important restoration work on the site next door where two heritage-listed buildings – an old weighbridge station, which is the last remaining timber structure in the precinct, and the old tarpaulin workshop, which needed a completely new roof amongst other work to avoid it degrading over time. The red brick façade of the new Centre was chosen to complement the heritage buildings so aesthetically it integrates wonderfullyJames Allingame, Pindan Group Business Development Manager
The restoration work was done in consultation with heritage architects, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, and the Heritage Council of Western Australia.
We’re proud to not only be part of helping the vision for the Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre become a reality but also to ensure these buildings that hold so much history can be preserved for the future. The tarpaulin building is ultimately set to be repurposed as offices and the weighbridge building will become a café and museum space as the next stage of the precinct unfolds in the future.James Allingame, Pindan Group Business Development Manager
Pindan worked with Peter Hunt Architects to assist Parkerville in negotiating the purchase of the sites to pave the way for the centre’s creation.
The centre includes therapy consulting rooms, large family rooms, a specially-designed OT treatment room, WA police facilities with specialist child interview rooms, reception area, meeting rooms, office space, a fully-equipped gym, lunch room and balcony area for staff.
It also features a lecture theatre with an LED screen set up on par with that used at RAC Arena.
Parkerville Director Rob Wilton said Pindan did a truly tremendous job managing this complex project.
From handling the land acquisition to negotiating the project development and heritage agreement terms and overseeing the design process, Pindan’s support has been integral. They also managed the project to allow us to move into the premises before the job was complete by fast-tracking works on level three of the 4000m2 facility so our team could settle in thereRob Wilton, Parkerville Director
The Centre will also offer services by Ngala, Yokai, Raphael, Wanslea Family Services the Department of Child Protection and WAPOL.
Pindan has been involved in previous heritage rejuvenation works at the Midland Railway Workshop precinct when it constructed the Midland GP Super Clinic and the Police Traffic Operations Facility.
The group is also currently building the $14m Midland Specialist Centre and Day Surgery on the Midland Sidings site.