Yarra Ranges Council
$ 7.5 million
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FMSA Architecture was engaged by Shire of Yarra Ranges to provide masterplanning, architectural and interior design services for the new integrated community facility – the Sherbrooke Family & Children’s Hub.
In line with the National Quality Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, the new Hub provides best practice integrated services to the community including long day childcare services, integrated and sessional preschool, kindergarten, maternal and child health (MCH), community meeting spaces, toy library, early childhood intervention services for children with disabilities/developmental delays, council community child health rooms and multipurpose rooms.
The Hub now offers 110 long day care places and 80 kindergarten and preschool places, almost doubling the availability of places for local families.
Replacing several existing buildings providing community services on the Burwood Highway site, the integrated model for the new Hub ensures that the Preschool, Childcare and other children’s services can benefit from sharing the same facilities. The design also reinvigorates the existing Upwey Hall, a valued community resource which is currently under utilised.
FMSA Architecture successfully led a comprehensive and experienced team of consultants to develop the Business Plan, Master Plan, property development strategy and design for the new Sherbrooke Family & Children’s Hub.
The design of the Hub responds to the ‘leafy’ residential nature of the immediate neighbourhood. The building comprises a number of single storey pavilions that respect the scale of the adjacent properties.