Client: Hellenic Club of Canberra
The Hellenic Club of Canberra is one of Canberra’s most successful clubs, being awarded the 2012 ACT Club of the Year. With an increasingly challenging legislative and regulatory environment for clubs, the Hellenic Club Board is vigilant in ensuring its ongoing viability and sustainability. With this in mind, the club commissioned AMC in 2009 to prepare a master plan study of their site in Woden to identify future development opportunities and constraints. One of the outcomes of this review was that, given the proposed growth in the Woden Town Centre and the fact that the club currently relies on the public car park at the adjacent ACT Government owned site parking for club patrons was likely to become increasingly constrained. To this end it was determined that the club needed to create additional parking infrastructure to secure sufficient parking to service the needs of the club in to the future. The master plan study also identified that, in broad planning terms, the future development of the site should place any mid-rise residential and commercial accommodation to the north of the site to maximise solar amenity and views, while lower rise parking would be better located to the southern portion of the existing at grade car park. This would have the benefit of also protecting the solar amenity of the blocks to the south and west of the site.
AMC were subsequently engaged to prepare detailed design and DA Documentation for a new structured car park adjacent the club building. The DA approved structure accommodates an additional 290 cars in a 3 storey building with a single level of basement. While designed to be efficient and cost effective, every effort has been made to engender an architectural character which enhances the Hellenic Club incorporating stylised Greek references while also offering an exciting and vibrant character including a new landscaped forecourt to the main club entry.