Wandoan Windmill Village
Leichhart Hwy, Wandoan, Qld
Wandoan Windmill Village is a 447 person temporary village, providing single self-contained modern accommodation, catering and recreational facilities for mining workers serving major industrial projects in the Surat Basin.
Prior to engaging Housing101 the client had spent considerable time and money with an international firm of Project Managers but were unable to get a satisfactory design to meet their budget and time frame.
New gas fields were being opened in the Surat Basin and the client wanted to be the first accommodation facility in the region to maximise the benefits that would be gained. The client approached Housing101 looking for a solution to design and construct a mining camp in the shortest possible time and to their budget. Within a week, Housing101 had investigated the site and provided design concepts in nine weeks, Jon had commenced on-site works.
Five weeks later, Wandoan Windmill Village welcomed their first 70 guests.
Despite the time frame, Housing101 was able to provide unique and flexible designs unlike traditional mining camp model which would enable a smooth staged expansion when needed. As illustrated in these photos Housing101 designed and constructed buildings and recreational spaces that enabled the workers to relax and feel at home after long shifts in the gas fields rather than the traditional industrial approach of other mining camps.
Expertise from converting transportable's was used to build the Wet Mess that replicates a local homestead, a gym and golf simulator room. Both these facilities were converted from recycled school buildings. In some of the traditional mining four bedroom accommodation units these were converted into two room studio units and disabled friendly units.
Largely due to these unique facilities Wandoan Windmill Village has proven to be the most popular camp in the region and is still
operating at near full capacity.
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