City of Greater Geelong
2017 Property Council of Australia Best Public Building
2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial Master Builder of the Year
2016 Master Builders Australia National Commercial/Industrial Construction $20M-$50M
2016 Australian Institute of Architects, National Sir Zelman Cowen Award
2016 Australian Institute of Building, National Building Professional of the Year - David Purcell
2016 Australian Institute of Building, National Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $10M-$50M
2016 Master Builders Association of Victoria Young Builder of the Year - David Purcell
2016 Master Builders Association of Victoria Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30M-$80M
2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The Regional Prize
2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture
2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture
2016 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter The Victorian Architecture Medal
2016 Australian Institute of Building, Victorian Chapter Professional Excellence Commercial Construction $10M-$50M
2015 Concrete Institute of Australia State Award for Excellence
Construction of the multi award winning $45M nine level state-of-the-art facility with a unique dome design constructed from glass reinforced concrete.
Designed by award winning practice ARM Architecture, the project commenced in late December 2013.
The new library and heritage centre not only provides access to information through printed collections, but also via the latest multi-media platforms. It also serves as a community hub in the regional city centre of Geelong.
The new building replaces the old Library and Heritage Centre and is built on the former buildings footprint in Johnstone Park. The existing library and heritage centre remained operational during construction.
The unique Glass Fibre Reinforced (GRC) cladding distinguishes the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Approximately 550 panels were installed - including convex hexagon and pentagonal panels, facia and gutter panels.
The lightweight GRC panels were manufactured off-site and completed with a secondary steel sub frame, and bolted to the primary steel structure to create the domed façade and roof.
The Lump Sum contract (with a Design & Construct roof and façade) was completed in late 2015.