Pine Cottage Little Bay







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85 children

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Randwick Council
Approved by the Land Environment Court
Heritage NSW
Planning Ingenuity
SLR Acoustic Consulting
Scientific Fire, NBRS Heritage
CAM Engineer Consulting

Services Provided

Project & Construction Management

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Our brief was to convert an historically significant and heritage-listed Cottage in Little Bay, into a childcare centre accommodating 86 children. The original cottage was designed by renowned architect of that era – Walter Liberty Vernon in 1901, as the Clerk and Storekeepers Quarters for the Coast Hospital.

The project presented several issues in planning, design and construction including a lengthy and complicated approval process, which involved extensive consultation and engagement with the community, Randwick City Council and Heritage NSW. Ultimately, following approval by the Land Environment Court, we created a comfortable, safe and positive learning environment for the children while preserving the original, historical features of the property.

The scope of works included a rear extension to the recently renovated cottage, renovation of the existing basement and a new access point to the cottage, through the Nurses Walk. We encountered several challenges as careful consideration was given to preserving several significant landscape elements, including former nurses’ pathways and palm trees that were relocated to the outdoor play area.

Crowned with a rooftop garden, the rear extension pays homage to the site’s historical significance with floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Coast Hospital Memorial Park, Coast Golf Club and Little Bay Beach. Reimagined to provide a welcoming childcare centre, Pine Cottage continues to serve the locals of Little Bay and shape lives today.

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