By Casey Neill
Yarra Ranges Council has awarded the $28.7 million contract to build its new civic centre.
Councillor Jim Child told the Tuesday 27 November meeting that he was honoured to move the motion to sign the contract for construction.
“This is a significant step in the civic centre redevelopment and the tender process,” he said.
Cr Child said it was well worth the journey to reach this stage and the project would “fix the considerable problems we’ve had with this facility” in Anderson Street, Lilydale, including compliance issues.
The council report on the item said the existing council office space was built in the late 1970s and was no longer fit for purpose.
“The site and buildings require significant modification and refurbishment to be compliant with current day standards,” the report said.
“Previous feasibility investigations focused on identifying compliance and end of life issues that must be addressed for the continued occupation.
“The inspections established that these facilities are in very poor condition, with several elements having significant and costly compliance issues.
“Much of the building fabric and services are at the end of their operational life and are in need of replacement.
“In addition, the existing building is not fully accessible for the community, visitors or council officers and needs to be a place that is inclusive for all.”
The council awarded the $28,727,840 contract to Johns Lyng Commercial Builders.
“The project incorporates a comprehensive upgrade of the services and infrastructure, rectifying existing non-compliance issues, improvements in site access, and providing accommodation for activity-based working environments,” the report said.
The new civic centre will also improve community access and meeting facilities, improve energy and water efficiency, reduce maintenance, and increase employee productivity and working environment flexibility.