Four architecturally designed barrel vaults initially slated for the alternative housing market will now take pride of place in a Dubbo Park as toilets.
The Concrete barrel vaults were created in Albury by EnviroDome and will sit in two separate locations at Lady Cutler Oval.
EnviroDome Architect Paul Simpson said he designed the vaults eight years ago, but the market for them as homes remained small.
“We looked at what else we could use them for and thought about toilets,” he said.
“So we pursued that and that’s working out OK.
“They’re exceedingly robust, so particularly in forested areas, if there are branches drop off trees, they’ll bounce off. Everything’s designed to resist vandalism, they are not easy to damage, and they will look good for a long time.”
Mr Simpson said the units cost approximately $70,000 and are meant to be permanent structures.
“They are made to be permanent structures but they can be moved, you just need to disconnect the services and take the roof off,” he said.
“The only thing that needs to be installed onsite is actually the roof, the water, power and sewer, but the main body is transported as a unit, they are sold as complete apart from the roof.
“Fully fitted they weigh about 15 and a half tonnes so they are permanent in Dubbo and particularly here on a flood plain it won’t matter if the water goes over the top of the unit, it won’t get damaged in a flood.
“The cubicles just need to be pressure washed after the water has receded.”
Mr Simpson said other councils are now placing orders.
“They’re perfect in remote areas because they arrive as a complete unit and they are more economical than the old brick structures that you commonly see as toilet blocks in public parks,” he said.