News - Our Perspective

Civic centre to provide economic boost

One Flintoff 01

The ground breaking design for Banyule City Council places a civic centre on top of an existing building creating a growth focus for the area.

Designed by Peddle Thorp, the new three level offices, will accommodate 320 Council staff relocating from offices at Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Greensborough.

It will be the first time in 20 years, all Council staff will be together.

The new development will provide a major boost for the local economy, with an initial investment of $30.88 million.

The civic offices include extensive community meeting and function rooms, and Council would lease the 2200 metre square second floor, generating income for Council and increasing economic activity in Greensborough.

Peddle Thorp director and architect Martin Hall said the new offices had been designed to be highly environmentally sustainable with features including solar panels, double glazing, LED lighting, motion sensors to control lighting and air conditioning, and recycled rain water for toilets.

“The building has a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the design of a business as usual office,” he said.

Mr Hall said the new building would be a completely accessible building, complying with the Disability Discrimination Act.

He said the state-of-the-art WaterMarc aquatic centre, which was also designed by Peddle Thorp, opened in September 2012, and now welcomed more than  800,000 visitors each year, along with Greensborough Walk and streetscape upgrades in Main Street, was the first stage of the Greensborough project.

WaterMarc was specifically designed for civic offices to be built on top of it.

The Council had also developed a parking management plan to manage the impact of the new office and additional parking demands associated with the increase in activity in Greensborough over the long term.

These plans included new parking areas on Council owned sites in Howard Street and Stubley Court, with approximately 83 spaces. Construction of the new civic offices also includes a mezzanine level car park in the WaterMarc basement, with 72 spaces.

Read Article
How Peddle Thorp designed the openable roof at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre January 25, 2018

When Djokovic and Nadal finished their marathon tennis match at the Australian Open, the tennis centre provided a fantastic backdrop to their sporting...

Read more
Read Article
Architects designing developments for their own backyards December 1, 2017

Clique Ivanhoe by Ocean Dior has been designed by an architect who lives in the same suburb...

Read more
Read Article
Cairns Aquarium Opens to Acclaim November 9, 2017

The first aquarium in Australia for 17 years opened in Cairns late last month. Designed by Principal...

Read more
Read Article
Splash, Craigieburn Opens To The Public October 20, 2017

The 'Splash' Aqua Park & Leisure Centre officially opened today!

Read more
Read Article
Affordable Housing : The hidden barrier October 6, 2017

The current debate about affordable housing has pre-occupied the community, media and government for the past few years as prices have spiralled ever upwards....

Read more
Read Article
First AFL game at Mars Stadium August 17, 2017

Ballarat is now AFL ready, with its first football game set to be played on newly launched Mars Stadium in Creswick Rd, Ballarat. Featuring the Eureka grandstand...

Read more
Read Article
Mantra Epping Hotel Melbourne Announced for 2019 July 20, 2017

Located right near Melbourne’s new wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower market and The Northern Hospital, construction is due to start in the latter part of...

Read more
Read Article
Civic centre to provide economic boost July 11, 2017

The ground breaking design for Banyule City Council places a civic centre on top of an existing building creating...

Read more