Community members are closer
to enjoying a modern and accessible library in Drysdale, with the Council
awarding the $7.592 million construction tender to A
W Nicholson Pty Ltd.
The library will be part of
the new Drysdale Town Centre at Wyndham Street and
will feature communal spaces, quiet study areas, an adult changing places
facility, a green roof, an internal courtyard garden, a City of Greater Geelong
customer service point and resource efficient systems.
The sustainable building has
been designed to be a welcoming and safe space that’s open to all members of
Low-carbon strategies are
set to be incorporated into construction, which will begin in November.
The Greater Geelong Council
has injected $8.656 million over four years into this project, alongside a $1
million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program
grant from the Victorian Government.
Greater Geelong Deputy Mayor Trent
Sullivan said the Council was proud to financially support the Drysdale
Library, which will promote lifelong learning and social connection for
generations to come.
Libraries are more than just books and
technology; they importantly increase literacy and foster a love of learning,
and are a safe place to meet people, attend activities and develop new skills.
The Drysdale Library’s design is quite
striking and will become a centrepiece of the township, with connected
biodiversity sweeping from the surrounding parkland, into the gathering space
and up to the building’s green roof.
This exciting project complements our
planned investment in new libraries in Armstrong Creek and Lara, upgrades to
Chilwell Library and our annual funding of the Geelong Regional Library
Corporation, all highlighting the Council’s commitment to provide access to
high standard libraries across Greater Geelong.
Community members, the Geelong Regional
Library Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and
other stakeholders were consulted during 2020 and 2021 on their aspirations,
the project vision and final designs.
An open tender process found A W
Nicholson Pty Ltd to be the best candidate, based on the tenderer’s project
experience, expertise, value for money and project risks.
increase in open space surrounding the library meets the objectives of the
Drysdale Urban Design Framework.
The Drysdale Town Square
will provide a public meeting space and activity spaces.
Councillor Jim Mason, Bellarine Ward
said the clever and creative building would be highly sustainable and
accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
We thank the Victorian Government for
supporting this worthy project.
The Drysdale Library is for the
community and has been shaped by the community, including the Wadawurrung
Traditional Owners, through insightful contributions on the design and purpose
of the building.
Congratulations to A W Nicholson Pty
Ltd on being awarded the construction tender.
The Hon. Lisa Neville MP,
Member for Bellarine said,
I welcome this announcement and look forward to
This project will initially
deliver all important local construction jobs and for the future a modern and
well-resourced library for the Drysdale community and surrounds.