Designs released for 'GovHub' that will house 200 new public sector jobs

By Shannon Jenkins

July 31, 2019

Proposed design by WMK Architecture. Source: ArchitectureAU

The Andrews government has released the final designs for the Latrobe Valley GovHub, which will house 200 new local public sector jobs. 

The $30 million regional employment hub, designed by WMK Architecture, is planned to open in late 2020.

The GovHub will feature modern office spaces, shared meeting rooms, a community hub, business incubator zones, an exhibition space and a locally-run café. Workers from agencies including Earth Resources Regulation, Parks Victoria and Solar Victoria will use the hub.

The building has been planned to achieve a minimum 4.5-star energy rating. It will be constructed using 75% local materials and services sourced from Morwell and the Latrobe Valley, and has taken inspiration from the region’s long industrial history, with the hub’s roof resembling bucket wheel dredges.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing has encouraged local businesses and contractors to consider the 100 construction jobs on offer.

The proposed Govhub designed by WMK Architecture. Source: ArchitectureAU

Developer Castlerock Property was appointed to deliver the project in May 2018, and will own and manage the building once completed. WMK Architecture was appointed by Castlerock Property to design the facility.

The Labor government’s GovHub is part of the $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package, which aims to encourage the decentralisation of roles and services from Melbourne to the Valley.

It is one of three facilities to be built in the state. John Wardle Architects’ $100 million Ballarat Govhub has begun construction and is due to be completed next year. It will house up to 1000 Victorian government employees, including up to 600 public service employees.

A $90 million Bendigo hub is yet to be designed. It will accommodate up to 1000 council and state government staff, and will create 100 new government jobs, including 25 for the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority and 30 for the Portable Long Service Authority.

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