Exciting new era for Prospect residents
What does a CLIC look like?
Where will the CLIC be located and when will it open?
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.
It has been a busy few months in the delivery of the new Community Hub, Library and Innovation Centre (CLIC), as the design of the new facility was refined in collaboration with the Community Reference Group (a group specially established to assist Council and the architects). The external appearance of the new building has been revised, with an update to the façade fin design, and careful selection of colours and materials to ensure the new building forms a complementary (and innovative) addition to our adjacent heritage-listed Town Hall.
Internally, there has been a focus on design and layout of the art gallery and local history area, and further consideration of how the Town Hall forms an integral part of the design. These spaces are recognised as playing a key role in reflecting the culture and history of City of Prospect and for providing nodes of activity within the new facility.
There was a high level of excitement in and around Prospect Road as work commenced on the demolition of the existing Civic Centre to allow for the construction of the new Community Hub, Library and Innovation Centre (CLIC). Great care was taken in establishing the site to ensure the safety of pedestrians and vehicles, while minimising traffic interruptions. Council is ensuring as much car parking at the rear of the site remains available throughout construction.
Council staff were active in the months leading up to the demolition in relocating to alternate sites, with the Town Hall (accessed from Vine Plaza) and Irish Harp Room set up to accommodate Council’s customer service-focussed staff and functions. Other staff have temporarily relocated to the Thomas Street Centre on Main North Road, with remaining staff operating from the Walkerville depot.
The relocation was done with an emphasis on using Council-owned facilities (and reusing existing office furniture) to accommodate staff during the construction period. Any excess furniture and equipment, and even parts of the Civic Centre building itself (including fixtures and fittings), were donated to local community groups. The transition process went smoothly, with the Civic Centre closed for just one day while staff relocated to their temporary workplaces.
Work on the construction of the new building commenced at the end of May, and will continue in earnest over coming months. New hoardings have gone up at the Prospect Road edge of the site, which allow for passers-by to sneak a peek at the activity happening on site.
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.