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Designs revealed for $20M Warrnambool library

Concept designs for the new $20.25 million learning and library hub at South West TAFE’s Warrnambool campus have been released, as part of the joint project between the Victorian Government, South West TAFE and Warrnambool City Council.

Kosloff Architecture designed the new facilities for the project, which will include refurbishment of an existing heritage-listed building on campus.

A builder is expected to be appointed in April 2021.

Councillor Kylie Gaston of Warrnambool City Council said the concept design sits comfortably within the TAFE campus’s current mix of heritage and modern buildings.

“I’m thrilled to see the design for this wonderful project come to fruition,” Gaston said.

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The learning hub will be open to all members of the community and is four times the size of the old library to ensure there is space in the future.

The learning and library hub will include a modern indoor-outdoor café, public computers, exhibition and display areas, places to study, meeting rooms, and a games and digital media zone. The top floor will offer a quiet reading area with views across Lake Pertobe to the ocean.

“The learning and library hub will have something for all age groups. It will have a dedicated space for seniors including a large print collection, a tech zone, and an outdoor children’s play space,” South West TAFE Chief Executive Mark Fidge said.

Training and Skills and Higher Education Minister Gayle Tierney said the buildings will be a jobs boost for the region as the economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

“The community provided clear feedback on what they want and need, and we will deliver – this new building will address long-standing accessibility, space and amenity issues,” she said.

Completion and opening of the new hub is expected in mid-2022.

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