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May 2019 Update
Successful Lead Design Team for the Whitehorse Centre Announced
BKK Architects have been officially recognised as the successful lead design team for the Whitehorse Centre Design Competition at a Special Committee of Council Meeting on Monday 13 May 2019.
Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Bill Bennett said the winning design team submitted a functional concept design in response to the provided brief that integrated seamlessly with the existing precinct whilst demonstrating it can be achieved within Council’s nominated budget. This concept design is to be further developed throughout the schematic and design development phases before an end design is finalised.
“The successful outcome of the Design Competition has resulted in Whitehorse City Council appointing a winning design consultant team to engage with stakeholders and community groups throughout the design phases of this exciting redevelopment of the new Performing Arts Centre and multi-deck car park for the Whitehorse community,” Cr Bennett said.
Council and the Design Jury are extremely pleased with the outcome,” Cr Bennett said.
“This is a wonderful advance in the redevelopment of this cherished facility for the community,” Cr Bennett said.
May 2017 Update
For the latest update please find following a letter from the Mayor, Councillor Denise Massoud on the future of the Whitehorse Centre and an Executive Summary of the Whitehorse Centre redevelopment:
April 2017 Update
A Special Council Meeting will be held on Monday 10 April 2017 at 8.30pm in the Council Chamber located at the Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading to consider the future of the Whitehorse Centre. This is a public Council Meeting and all are welcome to attend.
For the latest update please find below a letter from the Mayor, Councillor Denise Massoud on the future of the Whitehorse Centre and an Executive Summary of the issues contained in the 10 April 2017 Council Report on the Whitehorse Centre:
- Mayoral Letter and Executive Summary Whitehorse Centre April 2017 ( PDF 4.24MB)
- Minutes from Special Council Meeting - Whitehorse Centre - 10 April 2017 ( PDF 2.48MB)
July 2016 Update
Council unanimously voted at its meeting on Monday 18 July to retain the Whitehorse Centre as a key cultural venue in the municipality, rejecting a proposal to close the existing centre.
Council appointed independent company JWS Research to undertake consultation with the community on three options regarding the Whitehorse Centre.
These options were:
- Option A – Redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre based upon the Whitehorse Centre Business Case
- Option B – Council to undertake essential works to the existing centre to continue its operation for another 8-10 years before a potential closure of the centre
- Option C – The closure of the existing centre within the next two years.
Councillors have made public The Future of the Whitehorse Centre Community Opinion and Research Report outlining the results of a telephone survey across the community and the online and hard copy submissions received addressing preferences for the future of the Whitehorse Centre. The report found there is more support for the complete redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre (Option A).
Council authorised a detailed facility and site assessment to be undertaken in readiness for a newly elected Council by April 2017. In the interim, urgent repair works will be undertaken to the roof and fire services to keep the centre open until the final outcome is determined by a newly elected Council.
Copies of the JWS Report are available below:
- The Future of the Whitehorse Centre - Community Opinion and Research Report ( PDF 1.43MB)
- The Future of the Whitehorse Centre - Detailed Research Findings ( PDF 12.24MB)
- Additional On-grade Concept Plan Whitehorse Centre ( PDF 992.21KB)
- Proposed Facility and Site Assessment Services Whitehorse Centre ( PDF 84.8KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Enquiries ( PDF 2.78MB)
- Extract of Ordinary Council Minutes 18 July 2016 ( PDF 576.74KB)
December 2015 Update
For the Council Report on the Whitehorse Centre (14 December 2015) and its relevant attachments, including the Business Case (550+ pages) for a potential redevelopment please refer to the following:
- Council Minutes Extract Item 9 3 1 Whitehorse Centre 14 December 2015 ( PDF 219.58KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Project Overview ( PDF 2.53MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Part A Business Plan ( PDF 6.82MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Introduction Background App A ( PDF 4.57MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Functional Brief Upgrade Bldg Svces App B ( PDF 212.75KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Capital Cost Estimates App C ( PDF 821.13KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Risk Management Plan App D ( PDF 264.56KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Traffic Analysis App G
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Existing Conditions Reviews App E ( PDF 508.22KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Flood Mapping Report App F ( PDF 14.95MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Existing Documents Review App H ( PDF 146.29KB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Facility Planning Facility Drawings App I ( PDF 16.25MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Business Case Part C Community Consultation ( PDF 15.27MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Kersulting Engineers and Managers Building Code Condition Report ( PDF 1.76MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Marshal Day Entertech Venue Infrastructure and Design Options Report ( PDF 2.8MB)
- Whitehorse Centre Whitehorse Centre Renewal and Maintenance Forward Cost Estimates ( PDF 73.71KB)
- Whitehorse Centre JWS Research Performing Arts Centre Community Research Proposal ( PDF 722.9KB)