The project conserves three heritage-listed buildings of the former Redfern Public School dating from the 1870s and adds a new sporting facility, swimming pool and football training field to form the NCIE campus.The playful and energetic DPR House by mck architects won the Wilkinson Award for residential architecture and the Waterloo Street project by Candalepas Associates won the Aaron Bolot Award for mulitple housing.It was also of much help in the Cold War, for the coastal nuclear warning system.In 1953, it was home to the RAF contingent that participated at the Coronation celebrations.Last week’s horrific events in Paris touched every Westporter. The news hit Westport’s Bart Shuldman and his wife wife Sue especially hard. Not knowing if there were more bombs, they followed the bus until it stopped. Bart wanted to keep talking, so the man would not pass out and die in his arms. Police and medics waited a long time, as people screamed there were more bombs. We thought about France, and looked in new ways at America. The driver grabbed a fire extinguisher, and went to one side of the bus. The taxi driver, meanwhile, said he’d discovered a body in 2 parts, on fire. Bart got the driver out from the rubble, and carried him to the sidewalk. Bart knew the victim could not hear him, so he had the man focus on Bart’s mouth. Nowadays, the former RAF Chigwell was converted into the Roding Valley Meadows LNR, a local nature reserve.Chigwell is home to various schools such as the West Hatch High School, the Limes Farm Junior and Infants School and the Chigwell Primary School.
There’s usually a guide on site — Tom “The Godfather” Trombone is a Korean War vet who has been there the longest.
And, there’s the restroom, which will bring back memories of the house in which the family packrat lived.