|The iconic 1960’s red brick Broadmeadows Town Hall is undergoing $20.2 million redevelopment that is set transform the landmark building into a thriving gathering place for its culturally diverse and rapidly growing population and in the process, to revitalise the cultural heart of this traditional blue-collar suburb.
With a $7 million contribution from the Victorian State Government, Hume City Council is confident that the conversion into a mixed use space to host ceremonies, festivals and music events, will put the focus back on the historically important and much loved building, under-utilised in its current form.
When the upgrades are completed in 2018, the Council will allow small business owners to rent office spaces in the building for an affordable rate. The Town Hall will become a major drawcard for start-ups and modern offices. This can only be good news for Broadmeadows and the region, and perhaps help fulfill its role as the potential capital of Melbourne’s north.
For its part, Umow Lai is set to provide a range of engineering services, including audio visual and sustainability that are designed to improve energy efficiency and help reduce running costs.
“One of the areas we’re focusing on is upgrading the external fabric of this old building,” says Shane Esmore, director of the firm’s sustainability department. Shane is a member of the project team that include architects KTA, Hume City Council and the Metropolitan Planning Authority