The redevelopment of the Baker’s House Community Centre was completed to be aesthetically in keeping with the existing heritage style of the building, to maintain a fluid transition between old and new. The Baker’s House homestead was originally owned and constructed by the Baker family in the 1970s from a range of recycled materials from the Kellerberrin Hotel and the Mogumber Bridge. The new extension also utilised recycled materials from the area.
The refurbishment of the homestead into a new stately community centre has made it one of the most accessible community facilities in Perth. Undertaking a full gap analysis of the needs of the future client, to make the building suitable for the widest range of the population, the project is the first community centre for the City of Armadale, and one of only a handful in WA, to have adult change facilities featuring a hoist.
As a part of the refurbishment, improvement works to the building include general upgrades to current building and disability regulations, the addition of a toilet block, extension of current roof line and veranda, disability change room, internal fit out, new kitchen facilities and integration with the City’s security systems and information and technology infrastructure additions.