Client: RFW Manly
Location: 20 Wentworth Street, Manly, NSW
Work Completed by Active Metal
Detail shop drawing, design development, structural steel stairs, support beams, stair balustrading, façade steelwork, frameless glass balustrade to stair void, timber batten balustrade to stairs and void, plate steel balustrades
Delivering specialist child healthcare to up to 15,000 families a year from rural, regional and remote New South Wales and beyond, the $35 million Royal Far West Centre for Child Health and Learning facility in Manly is a state-of-the-art school and health service that will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian children in the years to come.
With the old building deteriorating and reaching the end of its functional life, RFW wanted to create an exciting health hub that would benefit the whole community. Designed by Architectus and build by FDC, Active Metal was brought in as the specialist staircase fabricator, bringing the whole space together, connecting clinical consultation rooms and play spaces with office areas and school classrooms through a series of iconic staircases.
Blending sharp straight lines with sweeping curves and spiral staircase designs, the 4 stairs not only connect the spaces, they act as design elements, complementing the furniture choices and textures, tying the space together. Demonstrating Active’s diverse skill set, these stairs showcase plate stringer balustrades, expertly milled timber picket balustrades and of course the beautiful helical stairs which are now part of Active Metal’s DNA.