The Pavilion 2014 - Progress
Join us as we update progress on the building of The Pavilion, an integral part of Nature's Concert Hall and a facility that will be able to be used for events and performances all year round...
Contract signed! Local builder selected to construct The Pavilion
Don Hassan of Rankin Builders signs the contract surrounded by Four Winds Board and team members, Bill Southwood, Sheena Boughen, Leah Szanto, Bill Caldicott and Robert Tacheci. IMAGE: ROBERT TACHECI
Four Winds is very happy to have selected local Pambula building company, Rankin Builders, to construct our performance hall with its state of the art acoustics. Rankin was responsible for bringing the Sound Shell into fruition on time and we look forward to them bringing the same dedication to this project, carefully managed by our wonderful volunteer Project Managers, Bill Caldicott and Bill Southwood (B1 and B2).
Enjoy the wonderful impromptu performance by our ANAM resident Auric String Quartet who were at the joint welcome luncheon and contract signing, giving us a taste of what will be to come when our permanent performance hall is up and running...
Conserving habitat and ambience during preparations
Bruce and his dozer
Site preparation for construction of the Pavilion has commenced!
The trees we have had to remove to build the structure have have been carefully selected in close consultation with an officer from the Catchment Management Authority. We have attempted to protect the bigger, older trees to maintain habitat and the ambience of the site. Upon the completion of the building works we will undertake a significant planting program in consultation with relevant local advisors to revegetate and landscape the site.
The ambience of Nature's Concert Hall is a feature we will ensure we conserve!
The architect of our Pavilion, Clinton Murray (right), with his associate, Nick Byrne, Architect, and Four Winds Chair, Sheena Boughen, on site before the road had been completed.
From left: Bill Caldicott (Project Manager), Mrs Neilma Gantner (founder and patron of Four Winds), Manuela Darling-Gansser, Michael Darling (Four Winds Board member), Dr Mike Kelly, Sheena Boughen (Chair, Four Winds), Bega Valley Shire Councillor Liz Seckold, Neilma’s sister and Four Winds supporter Marigold Southey AND CHLOE the dog.
Bill Caldicott, Sheila Hall (Four Winds supporter),
Andrew Constance and Sheena Boughen.
Show and tell
Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly, and Mr Andrew Constance MP, Member for Bega, recently visited the Four Winds Festival site to be briefed on plans for the Pavilion and the building’s acoustics, which are funded by artsNSW through the NSW Department of Trade and Investment.
"This new Pavilion will be another string to the Festival’s bow, attracting musicians from across the globe as well as giving local students and teachers a world-class facility in their own backyard," Dr Kelly said.
Mr Constance noted, "The Four Winds project is an important showcase for NSW as it highlights how a regional community can conceive and achieve an ambitious project that will benefit the whole State".
Both commented on the significant and wide ranging voluntary contributions made to the development of this project and over $1million raised from individuals and foundations.
Mr Constance and Dr Kelly contributed to excavations by turning a sod or two.
We're looking forward to actual excavations starting very shortly!
You can read more about the MPs' visit in the Four Winds News.
Admiring the new road
One year to go!
Only 12 months to go until the Four Winds Festival in Easter 2014 - and the completion of our Pavilion!
The three-phase power to the Four Winds site has been installed by NJ Construction Pty Ltd and was connected to the grid by Essential Energy on 12 April. This is an exciting achievement for Four Winds after 20 years of using a hired generator for the festivals! Now we will have lights, power, running water, toilets - a usable site year round.
Three-phase power is connected!
Vinny from NJ Construction Pty Ltd. Images: Bill Caldicott
Approved and on the road
The new road to the site of Nature's Concert Hall
With DA approval received, it is time to start building the Pavilion. This beautiful building will enormously expand the scope of activities that Four Winds can offer and will enable us to complement the biennial Festival with a range of events that will take place year round.
Our new road winds its way through the spotted gums down the valley and then up to Nature's Concert Hall, where the site of The Pavilion lays in wait for the first sod to be turned.
We would love to show you around the site as building progresses. A number of tours will be run during the year - we will let you know when they are planned.
Sheena Boughen, Chair of Four Winds,
showing the concept drawings for the
Early this month, Four Winds Chair, Sheena Boughen, hosted a gathering of friends and supporters to celebrate the progress of The Pavilion from concept to reality, and acknowledge our skillfull architect, Clinton Murray.
Project Managers, Bill Southwood and Bill Caldicott review
The Pavilion plans with architect Clinton Murray
Four Winds friends and supporters celebrating the new Pavilion with architect, Clinton Murray (right)
and Four Winds Founder, Neilma Gantner (far right)