An abandoned concrete building in New South Wales is now a vibrant playground.
It’s been a dream of a lifetime for the family behind the building, who are now looking to use the experience to help other people in the community.
“It’s not a good building to be in because the ground is rotten,” said David Whelan, who has lived in the building for 40 years.
“The concrete is a little rough around the edges, but it’s really nice.”
The building has been in his family for generations.
“I’ve always thought it would be a great place to go out and play, but I didn’t think it would actually be that good,” he said.
The building was once a concrete playground in the city, but the NSW Government put in an injunction in 2017.
“We were able to get an order to allow us to put in the concrete,” Mr Whelant said.
“But we had to take out the land, build a house on top of the building and we have no electricity and no gas and it’s pretty bad.”
Mr Whelans father is the builder, and Mr Wheran said the family had no other choice.
“There’s a lot of other projects going on, so I think that’s what we did.”
A lot of the old cement has deteriorated, so we have to do some repairs, but we’re hoping that once we have that house in the ground, it will allow us, hopefully, to get back to having a nice, quiet environment.
“The family have built a new house in a reclaimed quarry on their property and have taken out a loan to pay for the work.”
When we first started, we didn’t know what to expect,” Mr Heline said.
He said the project would not be completed for another 10 years, but he was hopeful that the new house would be ready by 2023.
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