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Stawell – A vibrant rebuild of a derelict building in Stawell is among the states most exciting new architecture projects entered in this years Victorian Architecture Awards. The former Stawell Technical School, derelict and forlorn for a decade, is now a vibrant community building for health, community services, education and arts programs, which celebrates the transformative benefits of renewal.The Stawell Health and Community Centre (SHACC), resulted from local community organisations collaborating to bring a coordinated approach to the ongoing well-being and social development of their diverse and changinHealth Centre nominated for architecture award – Local News – News – General – Stawell Times Newseastern healg community. The Capital Projects and Service Planning Branch, Department of Health; Grampians Community Health and Stawell Regional Health worked to deliver community health; general practitioner; mental health; allied health; community arts and educational programs; plus recreational/educational eastern health and social services boardprograms for young people. Extensive consultation with the permanent tenants and other community groups who would use the centre allowed internal spaces to be designed for flexibility and to respond to changing community needs. The long and rectangular building was stripped to its superstructure, and an asymmetrical atrium was cut through the first and second level slabs to maximise natural light. Existing columns were integrated into the design to maximise cost effectiveness. The undulating terracotta, grey and cream steel-cladding ?ade borrows from the Grampians mountains, visible at the skyline, to produce a strong architectural form. A contrasting aluminium cladding punctuates the eastern and western ?ade entry and the waved parapet line disguises the roof-mounted building services plant.The project is a contender for the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Regional Prize.Across Victoria, almost 200 projects are competing for awards in eleven categories and the prestigious Victorian Architecture Medal. Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, the 2011 Victorian Architecture Awards will be announced on Friday, June 24 at 6pm, at The Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.Award winners in each category will progress to compete for the National Architecture Awards announced in Hobart on November 4.

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