Final designs have been released for the Victorian Government’s $30 million Latrobe Valley GovHub, providing construction employment opportunities for local contractors.
The GovHub project aims to be a regional employment hub for to 300 workers, including 200 new local public sector jobs, when it opens in late 2020.
WMK Architecture designed the building and incorporated the Latrobe Valley’s industrial history into the building’s roof, which takes cues from the bucket wheel dredges that have been a feature of the region for generations.
It will feature office spaces, shared meeting rooms, a community hub, business incubator zones, an exhibition space and café.
“It’s exciting to see the Latrobe Valley GovHub taking shape – with the design celebrating the region’s rich history, it will be a facility the whole community can be proud of,” Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes said.
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Community consultation took place in December 2018, which emphasised the need to celebrate Morwell’s history and industrial identity.
It is expected to become one of the most energy efficient buildings in the Valley and will use the latest technology in modern workplace infrastructure.
100 construction jobs are expected to be created by the project, with more than 75 per cent of the building materials to be sources locally from Morwell and the Latrobe Valley.
Almost 200 contractors have already registered for the Industry Capability Network information session.
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package, to boost local jobs and encourage decentralisation of roles and services from Melbourne.
“The Latrobe Valley GovHub is an opportunity to create a building with character that truly belongs to Morwell, and with the design work now complete we’re looking forward to working with as many local contractors as possible to make the GovHub a reality,” Castlerock Property said in a statement.