Redevelopment works to the 77 year old North Melbourne Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre enabled the facility to introduce an integrated care model combining maternal and child health, family support, counselling and early education care (106 child care and sessional kindergarten places) under one roof.
Demolition of the existing single storey facility and construction of a new two storey community services hub took place with the large number of mature trees on the 2,000m2 site protected throughout, and retained.
Consistent with the City of Melbourne’s zero net emissions by 2020 target, the facility used a number of ESD strategies to minimise environmental impact during construction and over the life of the building. A fully integrated approach to the ESD strategies was adopted, as part of a total package to reduce energy demand and recurrent energy costs to the building, and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
The new Centre is multi-functional and responsive to the needs of a growing, culturally diverse population.