Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Two local community complexes have won big at the 2023 Australian Institute of Architects’ North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.
Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC) was awarded three accolades in the Regional Architecture Awards, coming away with the Walter and Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year, a commendation for Public Architecture, and was named the People’s Choice Award for North Queensland.
Designed by CA Architects and Cox Architecture, judges said the PEC is an “excellent example of architecture that offers community impact, well beyond the building alone”.
“Sitting comfortably in the urban streetscape, the building extends seamlessly from the sidewalk into a grand community space that elicits a sense of excitement.
“The building gives back to the Proserpine community some of what was taken from them during Cyclone Debbie.”
John Hoyes, architect with CA Architects said, the story of the project is one of community and collaboration.
“The design is characterised by its engagement with community and context, and its recognition it gratifying as it confirms what an outstanding outcome the Proserpine Entertainment Centre is for the people of Proserpine and the Whitsunday region.”
The second Whitsunday community hub nominated was the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal, which came away with a regional commendation in Public Architecture.
Designed by AECOM Australia, the terminal sets “a new standard for Airlie Beach tourism as a gateway to the Whitsundays”.
“The use of robust materials and detailing was particularly sensitive to the harsh marine environment and the innovative reuse of wharf timbers left destroyed by recent cyclones provides a sustainable screening solution that cools the interior, cuts glare, frames the view, and connects the terminal to its history and place,” the jury explained.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Julie Hall said it was exciting that two major Council assets had been recognised.
“The PEC was a key community project as it was the heart and soul of the town,” she said.
“To pick up gongs in three different categories shows what an amazing facility the PEC is for our region.”
“The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal restoration was a massive project which has reactivated the port.”
The buildings have now been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Award, which will be awarded June 22.
Proserpine Entertainment Centre recognised for community atmosphere
Shute Harbour Marine Terminal awarded for its impact to local tourism. Photos supplied