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    Buchan Group design to improve the lives of deaf children

    Nathan Johnson

    Construction has commenced in Brisbane on the new $12 million Project Possibility, Hear and Say’s new building designed by The Buchan Group. 

    The redevelopment will be the foundation building for Hear and Say, a non-profit organisation that has been teaching deaf children to hear, listen and speak since 1992.

    Senior Associate of The Buchan Group Paul Watson said that the project involved converting the abandoned Ithaca TAFE building into a vibrant and welcoming building aligned with the principles of Hear and Say. 

    The design adopts an advanced acoustic design, with disability-friendly access throughout to ensure that the different sections of the building maximises accessibility for the Hear and Say children. 

    “The design also adopts environmentally-sustainable principles, including recycling initiatives, green waste disposal and the use of drought-resistant plants,” says Watson. 

     
     
     
     

    ^The new foundation building virtual model for Hear and Say. Image: Courtesy Hear and Say

    “The team worked closely with Hear and Say to ensure that the plans for the building met their specialised requirements. 

    “With numerous Hear and Say key users involved in the design workshop process, the initial steps to convert their impressive passion into a final design brief required extensive consultation. 

    “Overall it was imperative that the building reflected warmth and familiarity to ensure that parents and their children felt at home and comfortable no matter where they are in the building.” 

    For more information on Hear and Say or Project Possibility visit www.hearandsay.com.au

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