Braybrook Community Hub

Project Type: New Building
Building Type: Colocated
Completed: 2015

Braybrook Community Hub project is an integrated community facility which houses a public library, community meeting spaces, training rooms, activity spaces, sports pavilion, needle & syringe program and an upgraded early years learning centre, supported by modern technologies to further future proof the facility.

The Braybrook Community Hub as an integrated centre is a key hub for the community, bringing together a range of series where practitioners work in a way that delivers collaborative community education, care, health and support services to families, children and individuals. The centralized shared staff amenities promote the integration for staff working in the facility. The Hub includes social spaces which enhances the appeal and amenity of the hub. A single facility governance to include the various functions and services housed in the new Braybrook Community Hub has been developed.

The building design interfaces with the local urban fabric of Braybrook, and the concept is drawn from the various community aspirations and expectations for their new Hub. The new facility building is an extension of the old Braybrook Community Centre located within Skinners Reserve, interacts with its immediate surrounds to improve activation of the reserve, promotes passive security measures and therefore enlivens nearby areas. As part of future urban planning in the area, this new building will help create an opportunity for improvement of streetscape and urban development around it.

Key Features:

  • New library and cafe
  • Public access computer training facility
  • Large community kitchen
  • Community centre and spaces
  • Cohealth community health services
  • Maternal and child health services
  • Melbourne City Mission early years centre
  • Sports pavilion
  • Braybrook Men’s Shed
  • Community gardens
  • Public art installations
  • The Australian College of Optometry

Funding Grants & Contributions:

The total project cost $12.61 million. Funding was received from the following areas:

  • Council Contribution $9,150,000
  • Living Libraries Infrastructure Program $750,000
  • Sport and Recreation Victoria $650,000
  • Community Support Grants $500,000
  • DET – Children’s Facilities Capital program $1,500,000
  • Total Budget $12,550,000
  • (Department of Justice also provided $25,000 for external lighting at the Braybrook Community Hub)

Library Details:

Library Name Braybrook Community Hub
Organisation/ Council/ Shire Name Maribyrnong City Council Library Service
Type of Build New Building
Architect or Designer Vincent Crisp Architects
Net Floor Area Library & meeting spaces Net Floor 1349 m2 Circulation 293 m2
Total Cost of Project $12.61 million
Principal Contractor/Builder CICG – Commercial Industrial Construction Group Pty Ltd
Energy Rating 5 Star
Carpet & Floor Finishings Interface
Furniture & Fittings ECF (Eastern Commercial Furniture) and Design interiors Pty Ltd
Shelving Raeco
Signage Meza Signs
Fixed/Loose Joinery
RFID Technology Fe Technologies
AV Equipment Reflections AV
Awards & Recognition Shortlisted as a finalist for the Australian Property Institute Awards