A design consultant and tenant partners have been confirmed for the St Albans Leisure Centre replacement project.
At the 10 December Council Meeting, Brimbank Council awarded the contract for the design of Brimbank’s future health and wellbeing hub, to replace the leisure centre, to Williams Ross Architects.
Council will also offer Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd, tenancy agreements to allow them to co-locate at the hub and work with Council to improve social and health outcomes for the community.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council was thrilled to reach yet another milestone in this once-in-a-generation project.
“We know the community has been watching the progress of this project very closely.
“What we’re going to build goes way beyond a new leisure and aquatic centre - in fact this will be an Australian first.
“We’re going to replace the leisure centre with a vibrant, welcoming and innovative multi-generational health and wellbeing hub - the centrepiece of which will be a state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre.
“In addition to being a new destination to swim and stay fit, the new hub will set itself apart from others by integrating the aquatic and leisure centre with other social and health support services.
“Our tenant partners will work alongside Council to tackle intergenerational disadvantage in our community.
“The design consultants will now take our vision and create a design that will incorporate all of the aquatic and leisure features we have agreed to include, as well as spaces to accommodate the needs of our tenant partners.
“We look forward to being able to show the community what the hub will look like once the plans are drawn up,” the Mayor said.
The Health and Wellbeing Hub, including space to accommodate tenant partners, is now expected to cost in excess of $58 million.
Council has allocated $1.8 million in its 2018/2019 Budget for design of the project.
Council is continuing to advocate to the State and Federal governments for an investment of about $25 million into the project.