Construction of The Shed (1)

Stage 2 construction of The Entrance Neighbourhood Centre (including The Entrance Men’s Shed) has begun! This is a very significant moment in the long process of creating a facility to support men in the local community.

The following images show construction progress from September 2008 to December 2008. In the first image below we can see the profiles in place to ensure The Shed is correctly located and sized.

In the next stages of construction a retaining wall has been built to support the slab for The Shed.

Here we can see the start of the bricks and mortar construction of the building.

Here’s a rear view of The Entrance Neighbourhood Centre, clearly showing the foundations and masonry underpinnings of The Shed.

After site preparation, the builders are ready to pour a suspended cement slab to form the floor of The Shed.

By December 2008, the steel framing components of The Shed have been delivered to site and erection can begin once the suspended slab has cured.

In the following image we are looking north across the forecourt of The Entrance Men’s Shed to the car parking. Work continues to prepare the parking area and access, while the shed is being erected.

This access door at the rear of the shed will provide much needed access to underfloor storage.

In the following images The Shed appears to be rising from the apparent chaos of a large building site. Here the crew from Tri-Steel are busily constructing the framing of The Shed, now that the slab has cured.

By mid-December 2008 the support beams are in place and The Shed is ready for roofing. In the images below we can also see the deck of the proposed Art Gallery and Coffee Shop taking shape.

Late afternoon (when building activity has stopped) is a good time to safely take photos of The Shed construction process. Here’s your correspondent on site in mid-December 2008.

The Entrance Men’s Shed is now clearly visible from The Central Coast Highway (with temporary fencing in place).

The image below from the rear of the site shows the foundation and structure. The men from Tri-Steel were hard at work erecting the shed for us when this photo was taken.

The Entrance Men’s Shed as seen from Central Coast Highway, between the existing buildings. The deck on the exhibition space and cafe will provide a great vantage point to view the shed against the backdrop of trees and the lake.

In the image below we can see the shed from Norberta Ave. The newly installed cladding is visible, making the building envelope of The Shed clear.

With the The Entrance Men’s Shed now clad, it forms a stronger visual western end of the plaza of The Entrance Neighbourhood Centre (TENC).

The images below shows the view looking out from the verandah of the existing buildings along the eastern perimeter of the TENC and from the northern driveway into TENC.

And to complement the view above, the images below show The Shed from Battley Ave looking south into the site. The newer materials and darker colours of The Shed cladding gives it a stronger visual presence on the site.

By late December 2008 the exterior and interior of The Shed is clearly visible, giving an idea of its future form and function.

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