Child and Family Centre Chigwell Wins International Award

The State Government's $2.5 million Child and Family Centre Chigwell has won an international architectural award.
The centre was selected as a winning project of distinction at the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) International Architectural Awards announced in Indianapolis, USA, on September 21. 

The purpose- built centre was designed by Morrison and Breytenbach Architectsin association with Scott and Ryland Architects.

It is designed to be an interactive play structure with a play area running the length of the building to engage children in climbing, sliding and exploration and play.

The environmentally sustainable building is bright, colourful and vibrant and the flexible spaces can be opened up for large group activities or partitioned for smaller groups.

The international award follows several other recent awards for child and family centres.

In June the Child and Family Centre Chigwell also won the New Construction Major Facility section of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International Australasia Awards in New Zealand.

The same month the Bridgewater LINC and Child and Family Centre, designed by Liminal Architecture won the top Public Architecture Award at the Australian Institute of Architects' 2013 Tasmanian Architecture awards.

The Ptunarra – Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre, built by Maveric Builders, was highly commended in the Commercial section of the Master Builders Tasmania – 2013 Excellence Awards announced last month.

Child and Family Centres are about delivering better services for young children and their families. They aim to improve the health and well-being, learning and development of Tasmania's very young children by supporting parents and enhancing accessibility to services in the local community.

Services are linked so that the centres can support families, allow people to share skills and identify and respond to community needs.