Victoria Harbour's Civic Heart Takes Shape

20th June 2013
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Connections to Docklands’ rich history will be embraced and celebrated with facilities tailored to support local historical research and educational experiences.

Victoria Harbour’s infrastructure and community facilities are progressing well with the recent completion of the second stage of the Collins Street tram extension and works well  underway on the Docklands Library and Community Centre.

The delivery of the tram extension, an essential piece of infrastructure to support the growing Victoria Harbour community, was completed ahead of time and with minimal disruption.  Works took place over four days from Anzac Day, however only impacted workers for one business day.

An event was held to mark this significant milestone and attended by Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. It was acknowledged that the unique partnership model comprising Places Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Lend Lease allowed the fast tracking of this much needed transport link.

The tram extension will also provide a vital connection to Dock Square, which will be home to a 21st century library and community centre, urban park, boating hub, and additional services and provisions. Dock Square will help define the character of Victoria Harbour and wider Docklands by bringing life to the heart of a location unique to Melbourne.

The cross laminated timer (CLT) structure of the Docklands Library and Community Centre including lift cores, columns, beams and floors above ground will be complete in July. Cross Laminated Timber is faster, safer and more sustainable than traditional construction materials. This is Australia’s second only project after Forté to use this revolutionary material.

The site of the Docklands Library and Community Centre comes alive in more ways than one. As you approach the site along Victoria Harbour Promenade, you will see an eclectic educational display on the hoarding. Featuring an indigenous mural by Dixon Patten, street art by AWOL collective, heritage maps of Melbourne and community art from the recent Kids Teaching Kids Conference.

The library and community centre will offer an interactive learning environment and house an award winning digital collection, multi-purpose community spaces and a performance venue that will hold 120 people. Connections to Docklands’ rich history will be embraced and celebrated with facilities tailored to support local historical research and educational experiences.

You can now access live feeds by webcam, the construction progress of the Docklands Library and Community Centre. (link to about/webcam)

The Docklands Library and Community Centre is due for completion in early 2014 and will be open to the public in June 2014.
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