Warrnambool designers put city on state stage | gallery

STANDARD, NEWS, DESIGNER AWARDS, 180807. Pictured: Sharon Scanlon and Donna Monaghan picitured at the St Josephs church that they designed. Picture: Morgan Hancock
STANDARD, NEWS, DESIGNER AWARDS, 180807. Pictured: Sharon Scanlon and Donna Monaghan picitured at the St Josephs church that they designed. Picture: Morgan Hancock

A pair of Warrnambool designers have topped the honours list of the 23rd Victorian Building Design Awards.

Donna Monaghan and Sharon Scanlon from Form and Function Building Design took out five awards for their work at the new campus for Warrnambool’s Koala Childcare and Early Learning Centre, and the impressive project that saw a series of heritage buildings at St Joseph’s Parish restored back to their Gothic glory. 

The Koala Childcare north campus project won the award for Most Innovative Small Works Project, along with the award for Excellence in Use of Masonry. 

The campus, created to accommodate an extra 60 children, was designed to connect the old and new campuses together through an external brick wall similar to the facade of the original centre’s 100-year-old building. 

Mrs Monaghan said she was particularly pleased to have taken out the award for Excellence in Use of Masonry. 

She said a lot of work went into the external brick wall at the Koala Childcare north campus. 

“We put a lot of effort into the design, the engineering and the product selection,” she said. 

“We then put on the work boots and went on site with the brick layer to actually watch them put the idea into place. I’m really proud of everyone’s work and it’s great to be recognised for that.” 

Meanwhile, the St Joseph’s Parish project picked up three awards including best Non-Residential Heritage Design, best Non-Residential Alternations and Additions and best Non-Residential Restoration. 

The designers worked to uncover the potency of the Parish’s unique, heritage buildings. 

Mrs Monaghan said every time she visited the site during construction, she just couldn’t wait to see the next thing that was going to be unveiled.

“And when the building was first lit up, I think we stopped traffic,” she said.

“It was like people were really noticing the buildings for the first time”.

Mrs Monaghan said she was really rapt to have taken out so many awards.

“We definitely didn’t expect to take out five awards but we’re more than happy to celebrate the victory,” she said. 

“It’s a good thing for us but it’s great to showcase Warrnambool on a Victorian stage.” 

Take a look at the award-winning projects in the gallery below: