Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct Completion

Congratulations to the Green Square project team on reaching a major milestone, completion of the new Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct.

The former iconic South Sydney Hospital site has been transformed into a creative hub for the community to enjoy. The heritage listed Esme Cahill Building now known as the JACC (Joynton Avenue Creative Centre) building, was originally built in 1936 and used as nurse’s accommodation.  In succession of the detailed refurbishment works, this building is now home to community and art centre spaces.  As pictured, the building features 7 copper clad awnings that are internally lined with ‘Black Butt’ timber slats. The awnings seamlessly penetrate the inside of the first floor, crafting a visual and physical link between the internal spaces, outdoor community room and park beyond. Lahey’s very own, specialist joinery team were engaged to undertake the complex works associated with the refurbishment of the JACC Building. Led by Col Howe, an employee with over 35 years tenure with Lahey, the team assisted designers and worked with suppliers to create and complete the various joinery works to the heritage listed building. The newly renovated building will provide artists with an exciting new home to think, work and create.


Refurbishments were also completed on the community ‘Banga shed’ as part of the contracted works. The shed was previously used as the main operating room for the hospital between 1917 and 1935. Soon after 1935 operations were moved into the main JACC building and the shed was used for pathology. The refreshed community shed will be used as a community based mens’ shed workshop, allowing the community to come together and work on individual or group projects.

The regenerated space has been boasted as the heart of the Green Square Cultural Precinct and features ‘rain gardens’ that run in parallel down the full length of the Matron Ruby Grant Park. Additional features include the JJ Collins memorial statue (a Regimental Sergeant Major Warrant Officer), stone benching, picnic areas and a playground, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Open day is set for the 5th May 2018 with Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore to be in attendance, officially opening the new buildings to the public.

Lahey would like to thank the entire project team for their efforts and dedication in helping achieve practical completion of this project. These buildings are every bit as impressive as the initial concepts and artists’ impressions tabled by the design team prior to works commencing onsite. The hours of hard work are accurately reflected in the incredible finishes and intricate bespoke detail of the project, well done everyone!

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