Friday, July 10th, 2009
Following extensive renovations and its official re-opening in March 2008, the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall has scored a 2009 WA Architecture Award.

Designed by Palassis Architects and built by SM Building and Maintenance, the hall won the heritage category with judges highlighting it as an outstanding example of conserving a significant heritage building while adding a contemporary new building.

"Thorough research and bold design based on Burra Charter principles has reinstated a civic quality to this site that had been lost," the judges said in their summary.

"Site planning and landscaping resolve difficult traffic, bus and pedestrian access issues, making access by the public easy and practical.

"Well-considered conservation of the Memorial Hall... results in the original form and detail of the building being reinstated to its original prominence.

"The discreet inclusion of new services and facilities within the original hall provides users with a multi-purpose space that continues its original use. The hall is also suitable for a range of community activities, particularly local theatre productions."

City of Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said he was delighted at the recognition for Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, given the City's commitment to matching heritage values with modern needs.

"This rejuvenation project has given the hall a new lease of life, providing modern, attractive and comfortable facilities to serve the community with a variety of uses and functions," he said.

"There is a long history attached to hall, after it was originally built on the site of a lime kiln in 1925 in response to community fundraising efforts.

"Initially, it was to honour the memory of soldiers from the area who died in World War I but it was also home to other local deserving causes and patriotic purposes.

"Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall has remained a strong focal point for the local community over the past 84 years and I am pleased the hall refurbishment has established this historical landmark as a cultural and arts precinct for theatre, exhibitions and community programs for generations to come.

"The WA Architecture Award highlights the City of Cockburn's ability to listen to local residents and community groups to produce the best outcome possible for everyone involved."

memorial hall1-3.jpeg: The renovated Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall has been recognised with a 2009 WA Architecture Award in the heritage category.

memorial hall.jpeg: An early shot of Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, as it originally looked.

Memorial Hall-construction.jpeg: Construction taking place; helping to give Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall a new lease of life.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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