Laurel Bank Park is renowned for it’s beauty and it is a centrepiece of Toowoomba’s annual Carnival of Flowers. The heritage of the park and hall are is recognised through inclusion on the Queensland State Heritage Register. The new amenities by Stephanie Keays Architect, provide a modern facility that sits gently within this historic setting. With its modest scale and pitched roofs the design of the new Hill Street amenities draw inspiration from the adjacent historic hall, built in 1943 as part of the United States Submariners R&R camp.
Nestled amongst the trees along Hill Street this new amenities block at Laurel Bank Park is one of my latest projects, The materials and colours draw on a palette based on the early structures and buildings in this State listed park, ranging from the Commemorative bluestone gates, Croquet Club building (architect William Hodgen Jnr) and the adjacent former WW2 US Sub-mariners Mess Hall. The design references the forms and scale of these, and other early buildings, such as the fernery and houses that were once located within the parks grounds.
It replaces a c1970 basic painted blockwork building and was designed to today's standards for safety and accessibility. Thanks to StruXi Design for working in partnership on this fun little project, with help from Dunn Moran Landscape Architects and Baker Rossow Consulting Engineers too. We like to think we have made a positive contribution to people's enjoyment of this Toowoomba gem with this upgrade, completed for the Toowoomba Region Council.