Nelson Leader : October 24th 2013
26 THE NELSON LEADER, OCTOBER 24, 2013 NEWS Toilers needed for toilet revolution Public input means loos will not be bog standard brush to help in the transformation of the Buxton Square toilet block. The public makeover of the V toilet will start this weekend and is expected to take a few weeks. The toilets will close on Saturday for the duration of the innovative project. Builder Lee Woodman has volunteered to be the building coordinator. Lee says more people who can help with the mural painting, landscaping and block laying are needed. ‘‘We also require help on-site from those with some knowledge of the building industry, including strapping and lining concrete block, decking and outdoor structures and concrete laying, concrete cutting and concrete polishing,’’ Lee says. ‘‘We need help for plumbing and drainage, electrical alterations, and fitting of utilities. Unskilled labour is also needed for the initial demolition of the existing interior.’’ The toilets are being transfor- med following a community planning day in August. About 40 people attended that day and Nelson City Councillor Kate Fulton is helping co-ordinate the work on the toilets. Kate said concerns had been olunteers are needed to put on their work overalls and pick up tools or a paint- raised about the safety of the area and the toilets would be closed at night with metal gates with eel designs on them. The plan for the toilet takes into account Crime Prevention through Design. Kate says the aim is for the toilet block to become a space which is pleasant and childfriendly. During the planning phase wor- kers got a request from a young boy for ‘‘more Lego please’’. She says they looked at the exi- sting architecture and realised it was very much like a Lego block structure. ‘‘From there our theme around contemplation and imagination grew.’’ The building will be painted rainbow colours. Artist Chris Finlayson had helped with colour ideas and mural art would be on top of the fins. Kate is confident the core work could be completed in the budget. But if they can not get enough people to volunteer they would have to pay people to complete the work and some of the extra features they wanted to incorporate might have to be sacrificed. The council said in June that it was looking for an alternative approach and was aiming for a ‘‘creative and different public toilet’’. Australian Creative CommuniDetail: An architect’s impression of the ‘‘fixtures and finishes’’ plan. ties director David Engwicht was commissioned to oversee the project after the council considered the original plan too costly. The council agreed to upgrade the toilet block for $75,000, which included Mr Engwicht’s fee of $9750, after assessing the earlier $330,000-plus option as too expensive. It has already spent $40,000 on an architecturally designed upgrade proposal. Kate says one of the reasons for conducting a community-led project was in response to the public’s constant call for the council to decrease rates. She says people volunteer to a range of sporting and recreation projects, and artists frequently donated their time. She says while it was initially planned to transform the toilets in a weekend in November it was decided it would take more time. People would be working on the project every day over three weeks, she said. This weekend Lee would be looking at the structural work and the painting, and giving everything a good clean. Some of the plumbing would be disconnected and someone wanted to make a sculpture out of the old men’s urinal. The Brook Sanctuary was mak- ing a grotto with native plants at the building. Two water features, one symbolising the Maitai River and one symbolising the Brook Valley Stream would converge in the grotto at the front. Rocks symbolising the Boulder Colourful: Five mosaic mirrors have been created by Carleen Simko. Bank would be at the front of the building and a large chess board would also be incorporated into the space at the front.
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