We are excited to announce the eagerly awaited Sandringham Living and Learning Centre is open to the community again, as of 10am Monday 1 February 2021.
Although the building has retained its external appearance once you take a peek inside you will be captivated by the highlight features from circular windows to dynamic ceilings overhead.
The $4.2m upgrades has transformed the existing library into a facility that meets community expectations for a modern library with emphasis on spaces and programs for children and younger adults.
The new library is a place for all, providing a modern meeting point for the Bayside community to gather and engage with quiet reading rooms, revitalised program facilities, upgraded technology, a large collection of books and more.
Designed by Croxon Ramsey and constructed by 2Construct, the library floor size has been increased by 300 square metres within the existing footprint of the building. The centre now incorporates the purpose-built Maternal Child and Health Centre, servicing families from the Sandringham, Black Rock and Cheltenham areas.
The renovation took just under 12 months to complete and while the works were underway the local community made use of a smaller library service that continued to run from a shop within Sandringham, offering a small collection of popular books and DVDs.
Community members are invited to come along to the centre between 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday to explore the new facilities.
The Masonic Hall at 23 Abbott Street was purchased by Council to create more space for community services and activities.
Council has been working closely with current and future users including the Sandringham Life Activities Club and the Sandringham and District Historical Society on the plans.
Renovations will preserve the significant heritage of the building. Once complete, the Hall will offer a range of programs for senior residents. It will also house the Sandringham and District Historical Society’s considerable collection of assets and provide meeting spaces, reading and research areas to support the work of volunteers preserving our local history.
The Sandringham Life Activities Club and the Sandringham and District Historical Society will move to temporary accommodation during renovations.
At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 24 March 2020, Councillors agreed to revise the plans prepared for the Sandringham streetscape upgrade.
Noting the feedback received during community consultation we will now move into the detailed design phase in the 2021/22 financial year and progress with an alternative design for upgrading the streetscape. Construction has been delayed and is anticipated to commence in the 2022/23 financial year. Keep up to date by following the project on Have Your Say
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