- Friday 22 July 2016
Kenilworth’s ‘Designer Dunny’ will move into the detailed design phase with council yesterday agreeing to seek a full cost estimate for the proposed loo.
External funding will also be sought for the bold and vibrant concept design which was chosen as the winner of an international design competition earlier this year.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson, who has championed the project from its inception and was a member of the competition judging panel, said the functional amenities building would double as an iconic and innovative public artwork.
“Council’s architects will now work with Maleny architect Michael Lennie, who designed the winning concept, to produce detailed designs and seek a full cost estimate for construction,” Cr Rogerson said.
“As it is now, the concept design exceeds council’s proposed budget for construction. The detailed design will revise some elements of the concept while ensuring the striking artistic elements are retained as much as possible.
“The site posed some interesting design challenges, with entrants having to design a structure that sits at least four metres above the existing ground level to avoid the building being affected by seasonal flooding.
“As well as the practical benefits of a toilet for a much used and loved park, this toilet will definitely be a major talking point and draw card for the Kenilworth area.
“I think each town in Division 10 should have a point of difference and this iconic piece of art is sure to be just that for Kenilworth.”
Once the detailed design and cost estimate is completed, the proposal will return to council for further consideration.