What's this project all about?
The Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub is a major Council project to redevelop and revitalise the Ivanhoe Civic Precinct with improved and increased community facilities.
Council is investing $18.50 million in this project, which is expected to be completed in the 2019/2020 financial year.
The Hub, which will be connected to the existing heritage listed Ivanhoe Town Hall, will house:
- a modern accessible library
- arts gallery
- conference and meeting spaces
- maternal and child health consulting suites
- informal theatrette
Importantly, the project will sensitively respond to the heritage value of the existing Town Hall and transform this section of Upper Heidelberg Road into a vibrant place for people to congregate, connect and learn.
With community consultation an integral part of the project, we encourage you to get involved and have your say as this exciting project progresses. This page will be regularly updated with details of how you can get involved and have your say.
Learn more about this project by reading the fact sheets which will be made available in the More Information section of this page.
The look and feel of the space is still being refined and we would love you to provide your views on how you see the space - give your feedback online or at one of our face to face events.
Background & Vision
This project is one of the opportunities that is identified in the Ivanhoe Civic Precinct Master Plan. The Master Plan, which first went out for community consultation in early 2014, establishes the guiding framework for developing the civic precinct, a project first flagged in the Ivanhoe Structure Plan.
Vision for the Hub
Plans for the Hub are being developed around a clear vision for services and facilities that meet community needs and expectations for this iconic site.
- As a cultural connector - an important and inclusive cultural asset welcoming and supporting existing and new residents while telling a story of the local area and its history and identity.
- As a community living room - welcoming people to a comfortable and safe place, which provides a range of formal, informal and spontaneous spaces.
- Supporting creativity, sustainability, education and technology – a sustainably designed hub supporting creativity, lifelong learning, and performance with extensive and creative use of technology.
- Heritage significance and local identity – a redevelopment that strengthens and supports the existing Town Hall, with its strong architectural identity and heritage value, and provides a strong focus for community engagement within the Upper Heidelberg Road shopping strip.
- Flexibility and spaces to meet different needs – with different zones for different uses, from quiet to participatory spaces, and supporting after hours activities.
- Urban regeneration – increasing public use and activity within the landscaped public outdoor area and ensuring a connection with the broader Ivanhoe precinct strategy.
To help progress the detailed design of the building we asked for your thought on the look and feel of the new building and how you imagined using the space. We ran a range of events to speak with you and hear your views. We are currently preparing a summary of everything we heard. We will be using this to progress the design of the building.
You can still view the feedback that was received online via the converations tools below.
How would you like to use the outdoor spaces? What about the landscaping around the building? Share your ideas for how you imagine this looking.
Earlier in 2017 we released the concept plans for feedback and asked people to share what they liked about the plans. Thanks to those who commented and shared their thoughts. View the comments by clicking on the questions we asked.