The final designs have been released for the Victorian Government’s Latrobe Valley GovHub – a three-storey regional employment hub that will accommodate up to 300 workers once complete in late 2020.
On Wednesday, Minister for Regional Development, Jaclyn Symes, released the artist impressions of the $30 million GovHub, a purpose-built regional employment hub that will be home to 300 workers – including 200 new local public sector jobs – when it opens in late 2020.
WMK Architecture’s design incorporates elements of Latrobe Valley’s industrial history, with the roof of the building taking cues from the bucket wheel dredges that have been an iconic feature of the region for generations.
Positioned on the corner of Church and Fleming streets in Morwell, the GovHub will feature modern office spaces, shared meeting rooms, a community hub, business incubator zones, an exhibition space and a locally-run café.
The facility is targeted to become one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the Valley, using the latest technology in modern workplace infrastructure.
The GovHub is expected to deliver an annual $15 million boost to the local economy and remains on track to reach job targets with Parks Victoria, Earth Resources Regulation and Solar Victoria confirmed as tenants.
It is forecast that 100 jobs will be generated through the GovHub’s construction, with more than 75 per cent of building materials and services sourced locally from Morwell and the Latrobe Valley.
Last week it was revealed that almost 200 contractors had registered for an Industry Capability Network information session – meaning there is already significant local interest in the project.
The Victorian Government’s investment in the GovHub forms a part of the $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package.
Castlerock Property has been appointed by the Victorian Government to deliver the project, and will own and manage the GovHub building once it is complete.
A spokesperson from Castlerock Property said: “The Latrobe Valley GovHub is an opportunity to create a building with character that truly belongs to Morwell, and with the design work now complete we’re looking forward to working with as many local contractors as possible to make the GovHub a reality.”