Brimbank Community and Civic Centre wins Victorian Architecture Award
The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Road Sunshine has won an award at the prestigious Victorian Architecture Awards 2017 in the Public Architecture category.
The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre was designed by Lyons, a well-regarded architectural services firm, which has a number of other standout buildings to its credit. The centre was built by Kane Constructions.
The six level Brimbank Community and Civic Centre offers the community an upgraded and expanded Sunshine Library, Council Chambers, community meeting rooms, exhibition spaces and the Sunshine Customer Service Centre, Council services, self-service opportunities and access to staff from across the organisation.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said Council was thrilled that the design of this important centre has been recognised for architectural excellence.
“Council thanks Lyons for the fantastic job it did in designing this facility for our community.
“The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre was designed to offer the community a one-stop-shop that would meet their needs, and remind them of the rich heritage of the place in which it was located.
“Anyone walking or driving down Hampshire Road in Sunshine would have to agree that the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre is a standout building. The building combines exceptional community spaces with an impressive design that draws the eye and has real meaning to the place it is located.
Acknowledging Sunshine's History
“Sitting on the site of the former Sunshine Harvester Works, the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre acknowledges the important history of the area. The architectural design of the building draws on thesaw-tooth industrial heritage of the site making this one of the outstanding buildings in the West.
“In assessing the design the judges said the building represented Sunshine’s physical and social history and culture as something to be celebrated. It’s true; this building reflects and celebrates our rich history of innovation and is a bold statement about our hopes and aspirations for Brimbank.
“Excellent urban design is an important foundation for creating an inclusive, liveable and prosperous city and community.
“The building sets a benchmark for the quality of future public and private projects in Brimbank, is a catalyst for future investment, and further cements Brimbank’s position in the West.
Green Star Rating
“The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre also sets a benchmark for sustainable development in Brimbank. It has been designed to five star Green Star – an international rating system for green building construction,” Cr Hedditch said.
The $52 million Brimbank Community and Civic Centre was completed in July 2016 and has been a popular community hub since then.
Comments by the Victorian Architecture Awards judges included:
“The gleaming, gloriously colourful and deftly composed Library and Council Hub…is the biggest show in town. The mood is inclusive. It is an architecture which signifies the complexities of our contemporary urban Life. The BCCC is a joy to behold.”
The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre will now compete in the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Canberra in November.