Exciting new era for Prospect residents
What does a CLIC look like?
Where will the CLIC be located and when will it open?
We are pleased to report that the construction of the new Community Hub, Library and Innovation Centre (CLIC) is progressing well and is on track for completion by September 2019. The demolition process proved to be slightly more complicated than anticipated, with oversized footings requiring additional time on site to complete demolition.
A high level of care was needed during demolition to ensure the adjacent local heritage-listed Town Hall was not damaged during any of the works, with specialist firm Samaras brought in to complete the delicate task of removing the old atrium.
After such an exciting start to the project, with the demolition of the former civic centre transforming the site and revealing the northern wall of the Town Hall, the subsequent civil works for the new building have seemed slow in comparison. This is a critically important part of the project, as this activity (quite literally!) puts in place the foundation for the rest of the construction process.
With civil works now complete, in coming months we’ll see the new building start to come out of the ground, with the basement precast panels being erected in September. Steelwork from ground to first floor will follow in October, as the building starts to take shape and peek above the hoarding on Prospect Road.
With works continuing on the construction of the new CLIC, we can all look forward to watching the facility take shape over the coming months. Passers-by have enjoyed being able to watch construction progress through the special portholes provided in the covered passageway at the front of the site, or via unrestricted views through the rear fencing.
In order to officially begin the works on the CLIC, a ceremonial ‘turning of the sod’ was held in recent weeks, where the Mayor, CEO, key members of the Project Team and contractors/consultants attended the site to look forward as a team to the 15 months’ construction that lies ahead.
Council staff are working with members of JPE Design Studio, who are also the architects for the CLIC project, to progress an Vine Street Plaza Integration Plan. Whilst delivery of that plan will need to be funded separately to CLIC, some key components (such as paving across the front of the Town Hall) will be brought forward to ensure timely delivery and to complement the CLIC.
Council’s Business and Innovation team have engaged Commercial Property Agents Knight Frank to provide advice and early promotional material for the tenancies in the CLIC. Initial feedback suggests that the recent amendments to the plans, which increase the size of the café tenancy, will be well-received by the market. Their advice also confirms that it is too early to market the top floor commercial space/s as the market will respond much better to a building which is able to be toured, so that the size, orientation and vistas from the space can be fully appreciated by prospective tenants.
Exciting new era for Prospect residents
Services are moved into the new facility
Builders hand-over site
Renewal of Town Hall
Ordinary Council meeting
Including detailed construction documentation
Bulldozers removed from site.
Bulldozers arrive on-site.
To be completed by CLIC Project Executive Group
Customer Services and Planning Development located within Town Hall, entrance off Vine Street plaza.
Further development of the design and layout of the proposed facility.
Facilitated by CLIC Project Lead - Mr. Chris Newby
Issued 17 January 2018
Council has received approval for the Panel to assess the proposed development.
Findings from broader community consultation will be discussed by Community Reference Group. Continued involvement within design development.
Appointment determined at Council Meeting
To be completed by CLIC Project Manager - Mr. Luigi Rossi
Correspondence out to all residential properties and promotion at the Touriffic Prospect event.
Ready for detailed design with on-going input from Council's Community Reference Group, Elected Members and key staff.