News update

A proposed new Glen Waverley precinct

During July and August 2023, Monash Council invited community feedback on a proposal to build a new library and community hub on Council’s existing Glen Waverley library site.

We heard from over 600 people via our Shape Monash engagement platform, and 800 residents from across Monash via a phone survey. This provided close to 1,500 pieces of community feedback for Council to consider. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their thoughts.

At their meeting in September, Councillors resolved to continue work on the project that was presented to the community. This work will include:

  • Reviewing the design in response to feedback received in the consultation, ensuring community events spaces and meeting spaces are flexible and highly configurable for a range of purposes, reviewing and revising the design so the form and architectural features are simplified and sympathetic to the existing Harry Seidler designed Civic Centre building, and seeking opportunities for increased landscaping and greenery and maximising opportunities for canopy trees and water sensitive urban design.
  • Assessing opportunities within the current design to reduce costs while maintaining the functions that were outlined to the community during consultation.
  • Completing further detailed design, construction drawings and tender documentation.

What was included in the proposal?

The design proposed two levels of library and a third level of office with new multipurpose community events and meeting spaces at ground level and a direct connection to Council's Civic Centre.

It will be surrounded by landscaped gardens and an open and inviting plaza where our community can gather.

A new modern library for Glen Waverley

The existing Glen Waverley library is more than 50 years old and needs replacement. It is too small and no longer meets the needs and expectations of our community. For example, after school there is insufficient space for kids accessing the library to study and do their homework – with kids having to sit on the floor. This impacts other library users as well.

Libraries serve communities in different ways than they did 50 years ago. They are no longer places to only borrow a book. They are ‘community living rooms’ where people come together to share experiences, learn, be entertained, access online resources, study, hear talks and presentations, access the latest news, share a coffee with friends and take part in fun and stimulating children’s activities.

We want to create one of Victoria’s best municipal libraries. The proposed new library is four times the current library space and will be a vibrant mix of noisy and quiet areas – just like the best modern libraries.

New community event and meeting spaces

Complementing the expanded library space will be new community events and meeting spaces. Council does not have appropriate spaces for larger indoor community events and pays to rent larger spaces from other organisations.

It is proposed to create a large multipurpose community space which is both flexible and highly configurable to provide for a variety of event formats which can be used by our community. From large 500 person seated events to smaller meetings of 20 to 50 people, this will be a space which will offer fit for purpose meeting places for community groups and residents from across Monash.

Additional office space

The project includes some additional office space for Council’s Glen Waverley-based employees who do not fit into the existing Civic Centre. For more than 15 years, Council has had to rent space in the adjacent Ibis building for these employees. This costs the community more than $400,000 in rent each year and it makes sense to relocate these staff to a Council owned facility.

The gross floor area proposed includes:

  • 4290 sqm of library (four times the current size) including a children’s area with an activity space, parents’ room, a youth area and meeting rooms for library users
  • 1010 sqm of community events and meeting space which is flexible and highly configurable to cater for both large events and small meetings
  • 1620 sqm of office space and meeting rooms (removing the need for Council to rent additional office space currently costing over $400,000 per year
  • 250 car spaces plus secure bike storage.

What happens next?

Work is progressing on a new Glen Waverley Civic Precinct following Council’s resolution in September 2023 to continue work on the project after extensive community consultation in July and August.

Following a public tender process, Council has appointed Lyons Architecture as the architects for this exciting project and they will shortly commence work on the detailed design. The Lyons team have worked on major public space projects across Australia and Council looks forward to working with them to bring the new Glen Waverley Civic Precinct to life over the coming years.

We are starting to prepare for the sale of part of Council’s land at 281 Springvale Road, known as Central Car Park. Council has previously resolved that the project would be solely funded from the Victorian Government’s compulsory acquisition of Council land in Glen Waverley for the Suburban Rail Loop (at Montclair Avenue) and the Central car park site.

Council will excise approximately 1,000m² of the land on the western boundary for retention and the future development of a public plaza.

Schematic design

Funding sources

In proceeding, Council reiterated its previous resolution that the cost of the project will be entirely funded through:

  1. the compensation to be paid to Council by the State Government for its compulsory acquisition of Council land in Glen Waverley for the Suburban Rail Loop project
  2. the sale of Council's Central Cark Park in Glen Waverley.

Any surplus funds remaining from the land sales after project costs will be allocated to a reserve for the acquisition of public open space.

Background information

The Glen Waverley Civic Precinct is located off Kingsway, adjacent to the Monash Civic Centre at 293 Springvale Road and includes the current Glen Waverley library.

Planning for the Glen Waverley Civic Precinct Project was awarded to ARM Architecture, who prepared schematic designs for Council.

ARM Architecture revisited the feasibility study for the project, completed in 2020, which evaluated the ability of the Civic Precinct site (adjacent to the Civic Centre) to be redeveloped. The redevelopment includes a multi-purpose building containing a library, community meeting spaces, a large hall for hosting citizenship ceremonies (among other uses), Council office space for our Glen Waverley based staff (to replace leased office space), improved public open space and underground car parking.

The study addressed issues including:

  • the current dated condition of the Glen Waverley library (constructed in 1976 and nearing the end of useful life). Like many older buildings the library has asbestos which is being managed.
  • the lack of dedicated space for civic events and large gatherings within the Glen Waverley Activity Centre
  • unclear connections and opportunity to improve activation.

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