First look at proposed Hub

Salisbury Aware proposed Hub article

A LARGE outdoor television, a state-of-the-art library and a modern new gallery are just some of the vibrant additions proposed for enhancing the Salisbury City Centre.

The City of Salisbury has released designs for the proposed $43 million Salisbury City Centre Community Hub, which would provide residents with a once in a generation opportunity to have a contemporary space to meet, learn and do business, as the Council works towards investing in the future.

The Community Hub would be located on John St between Civic Square and Parabanks Shopping Centre and feature a café, community terrace, public meeting rooms as well as a revitalised Civic Square. The four-story building design also features a flexible gallery space that would easily be transformed to an inside and outside event space that can seat up to 500 people. This space would be used for school formals, graduations, plays, cultural events and ceremonies, as well as quality family events like the Salisbury Secret Garden and the Salisbury Food & Cultural Festival.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the designs are “incredibly exciting” and provide a clear insight into Council’s renewal vision. “The design was always supposed to reflect our desire to make the Salisbury City Centre a connected and flowing community space where residents feel welcome and can take pride in our city,” Mayor Aldridge said.  “The proposed design of the building is filled with light, integrates well with the surrounding space and would be a modern and welcome addition to our City. The Community Hub will reenergise the CBD and provide a catalyst for investment in our centre.”

Mayor Aldridge said the new library and information centre would be “leading-edge” and was designed with the community in mind.  “The continuous development of technology is always a challenge, but by investing in a new information space and library, Council will give residents – particularly our children and students – the absolute best chance for development and help foster a keen interest in future learning,” Mayor Aldridge said.

A dedicated history collection, more public computers and integrated children’s learning space were also part of the design.  The proposed Community Hub would also provide new meeting rooms, council chambers and office space for administration.

The ongoing Salisbury City Centre Renewal also includes development of the Salisbury Oval Precinct, which incorporates upgraded sporting facilities, an integrated recreation area and playground.