The City of Ballarat Library will be transformed into a Library of the Future following the appointment of globally recognised architecture and urban design studio Hollenstein.
Studio Hollenstein will work with several local contractors to transform the current Creswick Road library site and make it a showpiece building for the region.
Changes will include a new, improved library entrance, a new children’s section and opening up of the first floor as public space.
Planning and community engagement for the project is tentatively scheduled for September/ October, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Ballarat Library of the Future project is jointly funded by the City of Ballarat ($1.9 million) and the State Government Living Libraries Infrastructure Program ($500,000).
Studio Hollenstein was chosen as the successful tenderer following a thorough and transparent selection process.
Twenty-five applications were received, and three architectural firms were shortlisted to provide a final presentation.
The company is experienced in the refurbishment and building of public library spaces including the acclaimed Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney.
“This is an exciting announcement for the hundreds of families and children who already utilise this facility and will take full advantage of the many new services that will be available to accommodate our current and future library users,” Mayor, Cr Ben Taylor said.
“This project will attract investment and lead to jobs for local workers during the construction phase,” he added.
Juliana Addison, Member for Wendouree, said: “Libraries are an integral go-to place for our community to learn and connect.
“This announcement is an important step in transforming our library into a modern space that is welcoming to all, from our littlest residents to our oldest learners.”
The Ballarat Library of the Future project is expected to be completed by January 2022.