Today, the City of Melbourne, Places Victoria and developers Lend Lease unveiled plans for a buzzing new civic hub at the city’s Docklands, to be called Dock Square. Anchoring the development will be a timber public library and community centre which Places Victoria Chairman, Peter Clarke hopes will ‘continue to build a sense of place in Docklands, bringing life and soul to this growing community’.
The scheme is currently subject to planning approval and a planning permit for construction of the two key volumes will be submitted tomorrow, 16th December 2011. Should the green light be given, construction will commence in April 2012 with the entire development estimated to complete by mid 2013.
Whilst specifics on the design have been left sketchy, the coalition has confirmed that the development will be highly sustainable, ‘reinforcing the precinct’s environmental credentials’. The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, clarified: “These plans for a new civic hub for Docklands propose a centre point for the Docklands community, providing a place for culture, learning and recreation.
“While the details will still be subject to planning approval, these are the sort of projects and the type of community infrastructure required to position Docklands as a place for people and a key harbourside destination in the future.”
Further details of this important urban renewal project will be released over the next few months as the group moves forward in its mission to provide the local community and visiting tourists with quality supporting infrastructure. The City of Melbourne and Places Victoria have spent much of 2011 working in close collaboration with residents to ensure that the finer details of these plans fully meet their needs, moulding the design to incorporate numerous points raised by the community.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle commented: “This proposed building is not just a piece of architecture in terms of sustainability and design; it is an important piece of urbanism. This is what the city has been trying to advocate for in Docklands, buildings and places that work for people.”