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Shade Structures for the Dicky Beach Shopping Centre

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The Dicky Beach shops are located at the eastern end of Beerburrum Street & service the surrounding neighbourhood as well as the adjacent beachfront park & caravan park/camping area. The shade structures were part of an overall scheme designed by Caloundra City Council to upgrade the precinct.

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Their function was to improve the ambient environment for users of the centre, & to provide visual character & a unifying theme. Beerburrum Street is a main connector road with a 60 kph speed limit required by the Department of Main Roads. The streetscaping aimed to reduce traffic speeds by creating a visual environment consistent with an area of lower speed limit. The shade structures assist by signalling the centre as a “destination” at the end of the street. They are visible from some distance and have sufficient visual impact to achieve this effect.

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The detail design met community requirements for the use of timber elements to achieve a natural look, evoke images of ships’ masts & sails, & are robust enough to resist vandalism. As the shopping centre faces north, a simple louvered design provides deep shade in summer while allowing good sun penetration in winter.

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