Little Wonders, 50 Lake Road
Build dates: March 2016 – February 2017
When Northcote presented a prime location for a childcare, Little Wonders made the step to expand to the North Shore. Enlisting specialist childcare architect, Phil Smith from Collingridge and Smith Architecture, a sleek modern building with a glass streetscape was designed.
Works began in March with demolition of the existing building to the ground. New Health and Safety Laws introduced in April meant 505 had to carefully consider the approach to deconstructing the building – protecting our contractors, neighbours and surrounding environment.
Excavation commenced, then piling exposed the site’s first challenge. Geotechnical reports cannot always be accurate, and only once digging starts, true ground conditions are evident. 505 worked hard with engineers to come up with a cost effective solution fast to prevent delays to construction.
After a difficult couple of months hindered by piling and weather, the building is nearly out of the ground with blockwork walls in construction. The site is extremely busy with a full team from 505 on site daily, along with diggers and subcontractors.