New Engadine Meeting Hall – “A Unique Bushland Church”
The beautiful natural surroundings of the Sutherland Shire in NSW, Australia, have presented a special challenge to the PBCC as they strive to create a new church hall which merges with the unique bushland environment. Ongoing safety and parking concerns prompted the PBCC when they purchased land for the new church in Heathcote, adjacent to the Heathcote National Park.
The topography of the site is certainly challenging! Featuring a steep gradient and various obstacles such as large rock outcrops, the ground work is going to be a major achievement. The brethren have worked with the natural landforms, which has created a unique design which follows the land patterns.
The actual church hall itself is an architectural masterpiece; a team of experienced architects has been employed with the object of creating a functional centre that complements the natural beauty of the site. The building design, colour schemes, landscaping and even the roof lines follow a “natural” theme so people can enjoy the wonderful ambience of nature.
The brethren are anxious to make sure the natural beauty of the site is retained as well as the creation of a safe, purposeful and substantial place to worship. There are special features about this land – the area is home to some unique natural heritage…
The Melaleuca Deanei: a special species of paperbark tree; so special in fact, that the specimens on the site have their own personal watering system & a barbed-wire enclosure to protect them from harm.
The trees, along with the hydration device, will be carefully transported to a safe area in the Spring – out of the way of any harm which might occur during the building process. They have also been successfully propagated by the team at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, ensuring that they are preserved for the future enjoyment of all.
Site preparations are to begin late 2013 – watch this spot for future developments and some exciting photos!