Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo
The Victorian Government is investing in Bendigo with a new GovHub — a state of the art building to support the creation of jobs and the delivery of a range of government services.
The 2017/18 Victorian Budget confirmed a $16 million investment for delivery of the third GovHub, alongside Latrobe Valley and Ballarat. The investment will go towards a project valued at more than $90 million, to build and fit-out the new modern office building. The balance of the development will be delivered through private investment.
The project will be delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with Development Victoria.
Bendigo GovHub will provide the community with a single point of access for government services, in the heart of the city.
Up to 1,000 employees of the City of Greater Bendigo and the Victorian Government will be co-located in the new Bendigo GovHub.
The development will inject around $131 million into the regional economy during the life of the project. A tender for the project will be awarded in mid-2020, with construction scheduled to be completed by mid-late 2022.
What is a GovHub?
GovHubs are a new, centralised way of doing business in regional Victoria, with a focus on enhancing customer service, revitalising city centres and delivering economic benefits to the local community.
The GovHub will centralise the delivery of a range of government services, making it a one-stop-shop for customers and a hub for local activity.
100s jobs during construction
$131m boost to local economy
1,000 employees co-located
Bendigo GovHub will include efficient and accessible open spaces with awnings provide shade and shelter along Lyttleton Terrace and St Andrews Avenue.
This ensures the ground floor can be enjoyed by staff and the community. A civic forecourt on Lyttleton Terrace and a pocket park on Mundy Street exists to connect the building to its surrounds and act as a community meeting point. A strong landscape theme is consistent throughout the building with an internal courtyard and several strategic cut-outs creating space for daylight and views.
The building will deliver high-performing sustainability outcomes targeting a Five Star certification through the internationally recognised Green Star rating system.
Key design elements include: efficient indoor air quality systems, a well-insulated building, the use of solar panels, water and energy monitoring systems and a large timber frame.
Large end of trip facilities including bicycle racks promote the use of sustainable transport for workers.
The community can enjoy the ground floor area which will include customer service areas, a concierge, a cafe and spaces with ‘lookouts’ offering views of the GovHub’s landscaped gardens and beyond.
Bendigo GovHub will offer high-quality, flexible working spaces, including the use of shared meeting spaces on the ground level.
In February of 2019, the City of Greater Bendigo decided to sell its Lyttleton Terrace office to the Victorian Government, and become an anchor tenant of the new GovHub.
The building is expected to cover the Lyttleton Terrace, Mundy Street, St Andrews Avenue and Market Street block, and connect with other major civic buildings including the town hall, library, city offices, Federal Government offices such as Centrelink.
The project will sit alongside the law courts development and re-development of the TAFE site, which are currently underway.
Following community engagement in mid-2019 the Bendigo GovHub concept design has been finalised, making way for a thoughtfully designed building.
Around 100 jobs will be created, and $131 million injected into the local economy during the life of the Bendigo GovHub project.
Bendigo GovHub will be located at the site of the current City of Greater Bendigo office in Lyttleton Terrace, in the Civic Precinct.
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- Concept design
- Community consultation
On 27 July in the Bendigo Town Hall, local community members were invited to a public consultation session to provide feedback on concept designs for Bendigo GovHub.
Community feedback was also received through an online survey, and a focus group session.
The following themes were considered important:
- A welcoming foyer area that provides customers with efficient service delivery and incorporates opportunities for heritage or local art exhibitions
- Weatherproof spaces outside the building, sculpture and artworks in the forecourt, landscaping around the building
- End of trip bike facilities, linkages to the surrounding bike network and pedestrian prioritisation on surrounding roads
- A sustainable design to improve morale, performance and wellbeing of workers
- Universal access, well-designed lighting, community spaces within the building, and connection with the surrounding precinct and city centre
The concept designs incorporate feedback received during community consultation, and include a well-designed public realm, a reflection of heritage and culture, and key sustainability objectives.
Each of the tenant agencies moving to the Bendigo GovHub are working with impacted staff to assess their relocation needs.
Through the use of glass, the GovHub mirrors the curve of Lyttleton Terrace delivering a strong civic presence connecting to the Civic Gardens, Bendigo Town Hall and the Bendigo Library.
The building reflects heritage and culture though the use of bluestone material which is commonly seen across Bendigo.
Opportunities to reflect Bendigo’s history are also being explored through the facade and landscaping including those of cultural significance.