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Jenny Mulholland to deliver the Ivanhoe Community Learning Hub

The vision for Ivanhoe Community Learning Hub

My vision for the Ivanhoe Community Learning Hub has spanned almost my entire time on Banyule Council and we are very close to making this a reality.  The proposed community learning hub at the centre of the Ivanhoe precinct, next to Banyule’s iconic art-deco town hall in Ivanhoe, will emphasise the community learning experience in Banyule.

“If re-elected Jenny Mulholand will drive this project forward to become a reality by 2018.  We need Councillors with vision who protect our rich heritage while adding modern amenity and spaces needed to meet our communities needs for the future”

Michelle Penson – former Mayor and Councillor, The City of Heidelberg

Cultural Connector

  • Important cultural asset, supporting communities both established and new. The hub welcomes both long-term and new residents.
  • Tell a story of the local area, history and identity
  • An inclusive community space

Community Living Room

  • A place that is comfortable, welcoming and safe without consumer pressure.
  • Spaces that are formal, informal or spontaneous the 3rd space between home and work, home and school.

Incubating Creativity, Sustainability, Education & Technology

  • Support creative endeavours and exploration
  • A hub to learn, meet and read
  • Support life long learning
  • Performance space
  • Showcase Sustainability through the building design
  • Extensive and creative use of technology

Heritage Significance and Local Identity

  • The existing Town Hall has a strong architectural identity and heritage value.
  • Redevelopment to support and strengthen the existing identity and sensitively respond to the heritage value.
  • Provide a presence in the Upper Heidelberg Road Shopping Area and engage with the community.

Flexibility & Spaces to Meet Different Needs

  • Create different zones for quiet, animated, solo, group, participation, creativity and reflection.
  • Zone for different uses from quiet reading through to the meeting, arts vault and MC&H. Zoning also facilitates after hours activities.
  • Similarly find the synergies between uses, to support and connect activities.
  • Connectivity of levels
  • Flexible and multipurpose, accommodating a range of activities and uses

Urban Regeneration

  • Activate the public realm and landscape surrounding the building.
  • Connect with broader precinct strategy
  • Create a Civic plaza

Relationship between uses


The brief

The proposed hub will house a range of facilities to provide the ultimate community learning experience including:

  • Library, including collections, childrens’ area, youth area, IT Lounge, quiet study, newspaper & magazines and history area
  • Community Gallery
  • Touring Exhibitions and Banyule Collection Gallery
  • Artists Studio Workhop
  • Community Meeting Rooms
  • Theatrette
  • Community Lounge
  • Cafe
  • MC&H
  • Customer Service
  • External Civic Plaza & Landscaping

Council Masterplan

The Community Learning Hub plans

Visual Concepts