Contract awarded for building’s refurbishment.
Brimbank City Council has moved forward with plans to upgrade the Keilor Office Building on Old Calder Highway into a mixed use facility, with the award of a contract for the building’s refurbishment.
Works to convert the Keilor Office building to its new use will commence after Council staff are relocated to the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre in Sunshine in late July.
Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson said the upgrade will ensure the best suitable future use of the Keilor office building is achieved.
“Council will be developing the Keilor Office Building into a community hub that meets the needs of the community.
“The refurbished building will offer a relocated and expanded Keilor Library, a customer service centre, and more and improved community space.
“The project is a great opportunity to meet community needs, increase the vibrancy of Keilor Village and attract more business to Keilor.
“The project is a win for residents of Keilor and its surrounds."
More Space to Attract Business
“In addition, an estimated 1,064 square metres of surplus floor space will be available to attract businesses and other organisations to support local economic development, as well as provide financial returns from the building,” Mr Watson said.
The most suitable future use options for the Keilor Office building had been decided following consultation in recent years with the Keilor community, local traders and key stakeholder groups such as the Keilor Office Building Community Consultative Committee.
Houses Relocated Keilor Library and Tenants
Council will retain approximately 1,450 square metres of floor space to accommodate the relocated Keilor Library, maintain a customer service area with foyer, first floor community meeting rooms, and staff workrooms.
Potential commercial tenants for the surplus floor space will be identified through an Expression of Interest process which closed on 22 June 2016.
The contract decision was approved by Council at a Council Meeting held on 21 June 2016. The decision was taken following a tender process in which Harris HMC Interiors Pty Ltd was evaluated as the preferred tenderer for the tendered amount of $1,719,866.00 (excluding GST).
The refurbishment of the building will be funded through Council’s 2016/2017 capital works budget.
While the Keilor Office Building works are in progress, the Keilor Customer Service Centre will maintain a presence at the current Keilor Library.