Community Hub Driving City Revitalisation
The building of an exciting and innovative new Community Hub is set to go ahead this year as the revitalisation of the City Centre ramps up a notch. Read more about the latest update on the Hub from the most recent edition of our flagship publication, Salisbury Aware.
The transformation of the Salisbury City Centre into a modern service and entertainment precinct will be spear-headed by the Community Hub development to further promote economic activity within the City. The concept of a Community Hub was first announced in the Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy 2012 and has been incorporated into Council’s Long Term Financial Plan.
The major project was endorsed by Council in December 2017, with the next step being to select a preferred contractor and to then move onto the construction phase, subject to satisfactory outcomes from the tender process.
Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the decision in December was an important one to drive the revitalisation of the City Centre and firmly place Salisbury as a leading-edge innovator.
“The Community Hub will help foster further investment and ignite a resurgence of activity in the centre of our City,” Mayor Aldridge said.
“We appreciate the community input and interest the Hub has stimulated and it is recognised by many, including Council, that it is essential in underpinning the City Centre revitalisation and ensuring we meet community needs for generations to come.”
The City of Salisbury engaged Hassell Studio to create initial designs for the Community Hub. Once a contractor is finalised construction of the $43.8 million project will begin mid-year. It is expected the Community Hub will open at the end of 2019.
The major project will create up to 150 new jobs during construction and inject up to $65.5 million into the local economy.
The Community Hub will feature a state-of-the-art information learning and library centre, community public spaces, training and meeting rooms and an outdoor screen that will showcase events, performances and live television broadcasts; in addition to Council’s civic and administration functions.
There will also be a transformable inside event space that can accommodate up to 500 people. This can cater to festivals, formals and performances and can be combined with outdoor event space in the adjacent Civic Square.
“This is a tremendous investment by Council in our community and for generations to come, and demonstrates the confidence we have in the future of Salisbury and the Salisbury City Centre as the heart of our city,” Mayor Aldridge said.
For more information on what’s happening across the rest of Salisbury, pick up the latest edition of Salisbury Aware at the Salisbury Council office or download it here (PDF).