The Helenvale Multi-Purpose Community centre is central to the community in one of the poorest areas of Nelson Mandela Bay. The Port Elizabeth-based architectural firm Matrix… Urban Designers and Architects were commissioned to rebuild the existing community centre that was felt was too small and isolated.
The new community centre now fully engages with the community it serves. Housing counselling facilities, a community hall and a public park fosters integrated and social cohesion. The building also formally addresses the street, immediately engaging the public through seating pods, and access to the new urban park.