Updated concept plans for Cowes Cultural and Community Centre have been released for the community to view.
The updated plans differ slightly from the concept plan released in September last year.
However, the centre still features a library, museum, theatre and associated change rooms, function/meeting rooms, community kitchen, visitor information/customer service, café /box office, gallery and grand hall.
Bass Coast Shire Council manager of major projects, Damian Prendergast, said the main changes included various relocations and consolidation of amenities.
“The functionality hasn’t changed,” Mr Prendergast said.
“All that’s really happened is we’ve consolidated some of the amenities so they’re now one single block.
“In the previous designs there was two separate sections for amenities, but to get a consolidated building we’ve consolidated those.”
Mr Prendergast said changes included the relocation of the café and box office for the theatre.
“They were separate but now they’re combined as a single outlet,” he said.
“What that does is, with the new position of the café, it allows for greater activation of that grand hall space.
“There’s still a 250-seat theatre, flexibility for community rooms in the centre, library, office space and museum.
“That’s all the same as the previous one.”
Council’s CEO Ali Wastie said the renders in the update design are reflective of the look and feel of the building.
“As designs progress and specific materials are identified, the information on our website will be updated,” Ms Wastie said.
“Detailed design continues, with a view of going out to builders in coming months. During this time, we will continue to work with community groups and update the website.”
Construction of the $19m centre is anticipated to commence late 2021 and is expected to take 12–14 months.
An expression of interest was undertaken earlier this year, and there were four builders shortlisted.
The final builder is anticipated to be engaged in October.
Council had received a $10m concessional loan from the state government towards the project, as well as a grant of $2.5m from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $800,000 from the Living Libraries Grant.
Council had allocated $4m in its 2020/21 budget, with the remaining $1.7 million allocated in council’s Long Term Financial Plan for 2021/22.
To view the updated concept plans, visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/services/projects/cowes-cultural-and-community-centre-project.