Civic and Community Precinct Concept Designs released for comment
Published on 19 November 2021
Council is moving into the next phase of planning for the Civic and Community Precinct, with the first schematics providing an idea of how the renovated Town Hall might look released for public comment.
This follows initial community engagement seeking to understand how the community would like to see the re-imagined community spaces inside the heritage building used, and their expectations for the surrounding open space.
This feedback signalled a desire for a warm and inviting environment that can be accessed in a COVIDSafe way for a range of uses. The community also wants to see the beauty and character of the existing building retained while incorporating green initiatives, and as much green space as possible.
This feedback has been incorporated into these early concepts, which include:
- a new flexible community foyer and forum space with direct access to community spaces providing a key link and interface between the Town Hall, new civic building and community park
- upgraded spaces that can be used in different ways by community organisations and social groups for meetings and training
- new spaces that can also be adapted for larger gatherings and celebrations
- an inviting and welcoming building entry with opportunity to display artworks or host mini-exhibitions gatherings and celebrations
- a proposed two-sided façade to frame the community park welcoming the community and enhancing the Town Hall
- high levels of health, sustainability and flexibility in the built form to achieve five star Green Star accreditation – including using timber as a key building material and incorporating solar powered technology and electric vehicle chargers, for example.
Documents illustrating the design detail can be viewed at Your City Your Voice where there is also opportunity to let us know what you think.
Council is still working on the design for the community park with a view to incorporating both hard and soft surfaces for active and passive activities.
Please also take the opportunity to share your stories of time spent at the Town Hall to support the development of a memory book to support a living tribute to the past and legacy for future generations.
Note: the above illustration is an artist impression, shown for illustrative purposes only.
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