Exciting new era for Prospect residents
Have you ever thought what a Library of the future would be like? With the Prospect Library and Thomas Street Centre lease ending in late 2019, there was a once in a generation opportunity for our community to collaborate in developing a bespoke innovative community hub in the heart of the City of Prospect. With the concept design completed in late 2017, work continued on refining the design, appearance and functionality of the building, which is now under construction at 128 Prospect Road, Prospect
What does a CLIC look like?
City of Prospect has taken a co-design approach to developing the new facility, and the services and activities which will be available to our community. This exciting and significant project is an opportunity to deliver a community hub of the future, now. Council’s Community Reference Group has worked with the Elected Members and the architects JPE Design Studio on the design of the building. Our goal was to create a facility that is an innovative and activated space, which provides opportunities for all members of our community to visit, collaborate, engage and learn. The initial concept plans for the new facility are available here, while the final plans for the building (under construction) are available here. It has been an exciting journey for all those involved in the design process, and we look forward to the official opening of the building in late 2019.
The focus for the architectural team has shifted to the Town Hall bar, with work progressing at pace to ensure the new bar is ready when the Town Hall reopens for its first events. There have also been a number of different options developed for the exterior ‘Payinthi’ signage, and work will continue to ensure this important design element makes an appropriately bold statement.
The design of the café tenancy opening is almost complete, with a new opening reminiscent of the original appearance of the Institute library (although in contemporary material and detailing) developed by the project team.
Onsite, works on the interior of the building continue, with the first of the terrazzo tiles laid in the ground floor of the building, and a new timber floor installed in the Irish Harp Room (along with cabinets and tiling). The external façade screen on the southern side of the building has been completed, and the scaffolding removed to reveal the whole of the new facility for the first time.
With the exterior of Payinthi taking shape with more of the façade screen and glazing being completed, other members of the construction team have also been working on the internal fitout of the new facility. The first of the acoustic ceiling panels have been installed to the new ground floor library area, while joinery and bathroom tiling have also commenced in the Irish Harp Room (within the Town Hall building).
Council also adopted a new budget for the next financial year, committing to the delivery of a number of ‘below-the-line’ items that were previously identified by Council and the community as highly desirable (but had not been funded as part of the original CLIC project). These items include a new opening to Prospect Road from the future café/retail tenancy, a ‘Payinthi’ external building sign, replacement of the Town Hall bar, and some minor improvements to Vine Plaza (south of the Town Hall) including external lighting to the Town Hall façade. Design work will continue on these elements.
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.
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 Executive Group
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.