The redevelopment of the former Port of Sale Civic Centre will incorporate the Sale Public Library, Gippsland Art Gallery, Wellington Visitor Information Centre, Council Chambers, broad use community spaces and a café.
The Port of Sale project will extend to the exterior space, revitalising the entire precinct in addition to the old civic centre and create a number of jobs for our region.
The total project cost is $14.53 million, this includes $11 million for the redevelopment of the building and $3.53 million for surrounding Port of Sale Precinct projects. Funding sources for the project are:
During the consultation process you told us what you wanted from the Port of Sale Civic Centre redevelopment. We listened to your feedback and secured additional funds from the federal government to better redevelop the precinct around the port. Since securing those funds we have returned to the community to seek ideas to help us create the regional recreation and outdoor cultural space you want. Your input has resulted in the following concepts being incorporated into the design:
These images of the redevelopment works for the old Civic Centre are the final artist's impressions of the facility.
Level 2 looking south towards the Port. The hallway to the left leads to the research / study library area and art gallery workshop space. The stairs come up from the library atrium. The timber wall at the far end on the right contains doors leading to the new Council Chambers.
Looking up into one of the roofed courtyards from the lower ground level to the Level 1 library atrium. A new entrance foyer will be created on the Port side in the current undercroft car park area. The entrance foyer will have a lift serving all levels and an 18m wide amphitheatre stair leading up to the main public level. At the top of the stairs, on the left, is the central entrance to the Visitor Information Centre.
Art Gallery 1 is to be created in the other roofed courtyard. View looking from the entrance to the gallery from the Visitor Information Centre. This is the area where the western courtyard was and will now have a double height ceiling.
Reaching the top of the amphitheatre stairs, you arrive in the Level 1 library atrium, which leads to the Visitor Information Centre and Gallery entrances.
Level 2 standing outside the research / study library area and looking down to the Library Atrium and wide stairs. Looking across to the Council Chambers and down to the children’s area of the library.
Level 1 inside the Visitor Information Centre. This view is from the entrance to Art Gallery 1 looking back towards the Foster Street entrance. To the right is the library atrium.
View from the top of the wide stairs in the library atrium on Level 1. Looking across there are glazed walls giving glimpses to the children’s area of the library and up to the Council Chambers on Level 2. To the right is the entrance to the Visitor Information Centre and stairs up to Level 2.
With designs finalised and construction underway we can now provide the following floor plans.
Port of Sale Floor Plans
Ground level includes new southern entry foyer, loading area, plant and store rooms and car parking. Level 1 includes revamped Foster Street entry, visitor information centre, central help desk, art galleries, library including children’s and youth spaces, café and amenities. Level 2 includes library research and study area, meeting rooms, Council chambers, library and art gallery staff areas, art gallery collection storage and amenities.
The project’s international award winning architect, fjmt Architects and TCL Landscape Architects have incorporated the significant input and feedback from our community through the development of the building and precinct concept designs. This ensures that the new building and precinct will cater to our community's ongoing requirements and make full use of the building's proximity to the Port of Sale.
View Council's discussion of the concept plans for the building, including community feedback, from the Council Meeting on 3 March 2015 here, click on item C5.
Right throughout the process, we’ve consulted with the community and provided updates on our progress. The new Sale Public Library and Gippsland Art Gallery will both be over twice the size of the current facilities, providing additional space with improved amenities that are much more accessible with a new entry foyer located at the lower ground level on the Port of Sale side of the building.
The new concept plans reflect the community’s vision and will contribute to the vibrancy of Wellington as a tourist destination, providing a public building that residents can be proud of.
“I think it's a wonderful plan and long overdue.”
“I love the notion of the cultural precinct.”
“I am a strong supporter of the latest proposal (both its location and the more practical cost). Overall, I think that this proposal is very important to Wellington Shire.”
“We should aim to make this the envy of Gippsland if not regional Victoria.”
- Wellington Shire Residents
We'll provide updates here through the duration of this project.