Designs released for Latrobe Valley GovHub30/07/2019
Final designs for the $30 million Latrobe Valley GovHub have been released – showcasing a purpose-built regional employment hub that will be home to 300 workers, including 200 new local public sector jobs when it opens in late 2020.
The WMK Architecture design has incorporated the Latrobe Valley’s industrial history with the building’s roof taking cues from the bucket wheel dredges that have been a feature of the region for generations.
Located on the corner of Church and Fleming streets in Morwell, the GovHub will feature modern office spaces, shared meeting rooms, a community hub, business incubator zones, an exhibition space and a locally-run café.
Steve Tillinger, Director of Architecture at WMK Architecture said the Govhub will revitalise Morwell.
“The building of the Latrobe Valley GovHub plays an important role in the reactivation of the Morwell community, generating both enterprise and employment, an initiative WMK are very proud to be a part of,” said Mr Tillinger.
The community had an opportunity to share their ideas for the GovHub in December 2018 at a consultation session, emphasising the need to celebrate Morwell’s rich history and industrial identity.
The facility will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the Valley, using the latest technology in modern workplace infrastructure.
The project is expected to create 100 jobs during construction, with more than 75 per cent of building materials and services sourced locally from Morwell and the Latrobe Valley.
Castlerock Property, the developers of the GovHub said the project will support local businesses and contractors across the Latrobe Valley.
“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,” said Adam Bronts, Director of Business Development at Castlerock Property.
The GovHub will deliver an annual $15 million boost to the local economy and is on track to reach job targets with Parks Victoria, Earth Resources Regulation and Solar Victoria confirmed as tenants.
The Victorian Government’s investment in the GovHub is part of the $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package, boosting local jobs and encouraging the decentralisation of roles and services from Melbourne to the Valley.
Read more about the project on our dedicated Latrobe Valley GovHub project page.