A plan to revitalise Victoria’s Dandenong region will go ahead as part of a State Government initiative to make central Dandenong a hub for future growth.
The first project to receive the green light is the new Civic Centre, the tender for which has been awarded to Lyons architects. The Centre will incorporate a new library, council chambers and administration office, community meeting space, performing arts and gallery space and a new civic square, on the corner of Walker and Lonsdale streets.
“The Civic Centre design process will feature extensive consultation to ensure the development not only complements the ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ Master Plan but also delivers the best outcome for the community,” said Greater Dandenong Mayor Roz Blades.
The project forms a key part of the Victorian Government’s $290 million ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ initiative to refresh central Dandenong, ready for expected future growth. The area is home to 140,000 people and contains almost half of Victoria’s manufacturing output.
“We’ll be determining how this project can best facilitate future investment in the area, and how best to incorporate leading sustainability benchmarks,” said Carey Lyon, director of Lyons.
“We’ll be considering how these major public spaces, including the library and drop-in centre, can provide successful gathering points for such a diverse community. This centre will be a living room for Dandenong, with a focus on the city square as a venue for community events.”
Lyons has a history of producing public buildings, with a number of design projects in the commercial, education and public sector, including the award-winning offices for Hume City Council.