A New Era Begins
Council has announced it is progressing its exciting plans for a once in a generation renewal of the Salisbury City Centre.
At the Council meeting held on 25 September 2017, Council endorsed proceeding to the next stage of detailed design for the $43 million Salisbury City Centre Community Hub, which will become the social, business, educational and recreational heart of the City Centre renewal.
The new project design stage will include more detailed architectural drawings to provide a clear impression of the community facilities and services that will be provided in the Hub – from performance and art spaces to a new learning and information space.
Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the current designs were informed by more than 500 written responses and a further 550 face to face engagements with our community during last month’s public consultation.
“We thank the people who have participated in our community consultation and contributed their thoughts and ideas,” she said. “So far we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from business, community groups and the broader community.
“Our community now understands that this is first and foremost a community facility that will be a focus for the renewal of Salisbury City Centre, transforming it into a vibrant and modern precinct and a place for everyone to experience and enjoy.”
“It will be a place where housing, jobs, shopping, transport and Council’s administration and service delivery all come together in delivering enhanced community services.” The next stage will also include further engagement with the community to ensure the Community Hub meets the current and future needs in creating the social heart of the City Centre and address those important issues and concerns which have been raised so far.
The updated designs will be presented to Council in December, where a decision will be made to proceed to tender for the project. If approved, Council will finalise the tender process before entering the construction phase of the project in the first half of 2019.