Community Hub Driving City Revitalisation
THE green light was given by Salisbury Council last night for an exciting and innovative Community Hub in Salisbury City Centre.
The new Community Hub will be a core element of the revitalisation of the City Centre and create a place for the community to come together to exchange ideas, learn, participate and celebrate in a range of flexible community spaces.
The concept was first announced in the City of Salisbury’s Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy 2012 and has been included in the long term financial plan, with Council last night endorsing the major project progressing to the construction phase. Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the decision was an important one to drive the Council towards the future.
“The Community Hub will help foster further investment and a resurgence of activity in the centre of our City,” Mayor Aldridge said.
“Salisbury is vibrant, unique and creative and the Community Hub will provide an opportunity to bring all of those elements together in one place for our whole community and enhance them into an inclusive cultural, entertainment and service precinct.
“We appreciate it is a bold vision, but Salisbury has always been innovative, which is essential in future proofing our City and ensuring we meet community needs for generations to come.”
The City of Salisbury engaged Hassell Studio to create initial designs for the Community Hub. The next step is to select a preferred contractor to finalise design and complete construction of the Community Hub, targeting construction companies selected from an initial open expression of interest process.
It is anticipated construction on the estimated $43.8 million project will begin next year with the Community Hub set to open before the end of 2019. It will create up to 150 new jobs during construction and inject up to $65.5 million into the local economy.
The Community Hub will feature a state-of-the-art information centre and library, a community terrace, training and meeting spaces and an outdoor screen that will showcase events, performances and live television broadcasts, in addition to Council’s civic and administration functions.
There will also be a transformable inside event space that can accommodate up to 500 people which will be suitable for festivals, formals and performances and can be combined with outdoor event space in the adjacent Civic Square.
“This is a tremendous investment by Council in our community and for generations to come, and demonstrates the confidence we have in the future of Salisbury and the Salisbury City Centre as the heart of our city”.