Construction of the Queenscliffe Hub
- Project statusBuilding open to public
- Last updatedOctober 2022
About the project
The Queenscliffe Hub is a multi-use community facility that brings the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre and Queenscliff Library under one roof. By providing outstanding educational, cultural and information services, the Queenscliffe Hub offers substantial economic and social benefits for our region.
Construction on the $5.75 million Hub is now complete. The project is supported by funding from the Australian Government, the Victorian Government's Living Libraries Program, Regional Infrastructure Fund and Community Support Fund, and the Borough of Queenscliffe.
We used your feedback from three rounds of consultation to design a building that met the needs of everyone. Representatives from the Library, Museum and the Visitor Information Centre endorsed this plan, which was then granted formal approval by Council. Here's what the Queenscliffe Hub includes:
More space for all three organisations
This design provides an increase in space for every tenant, with the Library, Museum and Visitor Information Centre all seeing an increase in usable floor space. Shared facilities, including staff areas and public toilets, allow the tenants to access modern facilities without needing to compromise their own floor space. More space for every organisation means more space for the displays and activities you love.
Community spaces to share
During consultation, we heard that community spaces were a top priority for the building. The design incorporates a flexible auditorium for presentations, events or even smaller group work. An outdoor courtyard at the front of the building and an outdoor learning space in the rear garden provide opportunities to have meetings or join an activity in the fresh air. These flexible spaces have plenty of potential, and we're excited to see how the tenant organisations and our community makes use of these areas.
A design that protects and uplifts heritage
The much-loved heritage façade of the library has been preserved and celebrated as part of the design. We've also retained the area of Field Park for public open space, preserving this green area in the middle of Hesse Street. For the new areas of the Hub, a modern, interactive facade complements the heritage library by reflecting the nearby building and providing uninterrupted views through to the garden at the rear of the building.
Open seven days a week, the new public toilet facilities integrated into the building provide modern, all-abilities access in the middle of Hesse Street. Other design features, such as public seating, bike parking and an improved bus shelter all add up to make this space more inviting and functional for visitors.
49-55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff 3225 View map