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Case Study

The Lights Community Centre

The Project

City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council in partnership with the South Australian State Government wished to create a modern, sustainably managed and fit-for-purpose indoor recreation facility.

The goal was to build a premier recreational venue where people from a diverse community can lead an active and healthy lifestyle and participate in a range of sport.

The new facility includes three multi-purpose courts, two basketball courts, a cafe, office and commercial space. Studio 9 Architects were awarded the contract to design the facility.


The Lights Community Centre

Studio 9 Architects


Core: Volcore
  • Silkline
  • COLORBOND® Custom Colours x 12
  • Design and drafting
  • Specification
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing


The requirements for this project was to use materials that were lightweight due to soil conditions of this particular site. When considering an insulated panel cladding solution, ensuring the panel product complied and exceeded fire and safety considerations was essential. As always, being conscious of cost played a part in determining the right building solutions. As a result, ASKIN Volcore was NATSPEC specified as per 0437p ASKIN VOLCORE® PERFORMANCE PANEL CLADDING.

Studio 9 Architects Associate Architect, Kirsty Coultas, says creating a space that was flexible in nature with a high focus on community was a very high priority for the client.

“The process itself was excellent with both the community, council, and consultants working through the design so all in all it was an inclusive process,” she says.

Watch ‘The Lights’ Take Shape
See our project The Lights Community and Sports Centre in Lightsview take shape in this time-lapse video of the past few months on site.


ASKIN Performance Panel supplied Volcore Vivid panel in 12 shades of blues, greens, and violets with a silkline profile. Volcore panel system is a lightweight, insulated panel product with a non-combustible core, addressing all the requirements for this project. This one component wall solution doubles as the external cladding and the robust internal wall lining, exceeding client expectations.

Becoming involved in the project in the early stages of design meant ASKIN could address any concerns around the fire safety of Volcore with documented testing, certifications and approvals so all those involved felt confident they were using a safe and conforming Australian building product.

Kirsty describes working with ASKIN as being very collaborative.

“We had conversations with the ASKIN team in the early stages of design regarding fire properties. We worked through the details and requirements and this flowed through to the construction phase,” she says.

Together ASKIN and Studio 9 Architects selected 12 shades of blues, greens and violets, all custom colours manufactured by COLORBOND® – BlueScope Steel.

Selection of the 12 colours to meet the client’s expectations, maintaining ASKIN’s panel quality and ensuring warranty from Blue Scope Steel required collaboration between all parties.

Consideration of darker and lighter colour placement, as well as the panel lengths for each elevation was required to maintain the thermal deflection of an insulated panel wall system.

Darker colours in a COLORBOND® steel finish can reach up to a maximum of 100 degrees in certain regions of Australia, whereas lighter shades will only reach a maximum of 60 degrees on the hottest day.

Volcore is a non-combustible insulated panel system with the added benefits of acoustic properties and is thermal efficiency with R Values that far exceed the NCC minimum requirements. Its continuous insulation properties will ensue the centre stays cool during summer and warmer in the winter months.

Kirtsy explains with the recent issues here and abroad in regards to fire and non-combustibility, they were really conscious of going with something that had the right certifications.

“We began investigating products in the early stages of the project and ASKIN’s Volcore with a mineral wool core, ticked all the boxes,” she says.

The Results

The result is a modern, cutting edge design for the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, focusing on flexibility and functionality, providing a multi-use space for the local community. The main priority was to build a facility that is inclusive and accessible to all has been achieved.

Working with ASKIN was fantastic and we are very happy with the outcome

Kirsty CoultasStudio 9 Architects Associate Architect