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Knox Children and Family Centre (Bayswater) Project 2016 - 2019

Now open!

The Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater, located at 41 - 43 Phyllis Street, Bayswater, opened its doors on 23 April 2019. The centre currently houses long day care, 4 year old preschool, Maternal and Child Health and community playgroup. To book a spot in this facility, visit Knox Children and Family Centres.

Interior of room at Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater
Playground at Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater
Playground at Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater
Playground at Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater

2019 International Architectural MasterPrize Awards

The Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater was recently announced the Winnner - Architectural Design/Green Architecture category in the 2019 International Architectural MasterPrize Awards.

This award is one of the most respected in the architectural field and aims to:

  • advance the appreciation of quality architectural design around the world
  • celebrate the greatest achievements in architecture, interior design and landscape design
  • showcase the word-class talent and visionaries in these fields

The Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater was developed, designed and constructed as a joint collaboration between the Family and Children's Services and the Major Initiative Unit, with input and support from many other sources across the organisation.

Official opening

On 21st June 2019, the centre was officially opened by Sonya Kiljenny MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Childhood Education and Cr Jake Keogh, Mayor.

Opening of the KCFC Bayswater
Opening of the KCFC Bayswater
Opening of the KCFC Bayswater
Opening of the KCFC Bayswater

A building starts to take shape...

Work continues.....

The internal corridor at the Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater under construction
The internal corridor at the Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater under construction
One of the child care rooms at the Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater nearly ready!
The playground at the Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater under construction

Work progressed very quickly during June 2018 at the site of the new Knox Children and Family Centre (Bayswater).

The framing was completed and builders started adding the roof and external cladding.

Bayswater early years hub takes shape
The early years hub Bayswater starts to take shape
Preparing footings at Bayswater hub
preparing to pour the slab at Bayswater hub

Construction

Construction saw the installation of all the underground services and the excavation and completion of the footpaths. This was followed by the pouring of around 60 truckloads of cement which was used to form the footings and the slab.

At this stage, the steel frame at the front of the building was erected with the remainder completed during June 2018.

Construction commences at the Bayswater early years hub
Work commences at the site of the early years hub in Bayswater
work commences at the site of the early years hub in Bayswater
work commences at the site of the early years hub in Bayswater

Demolition

Construction contractors, Circon Constructions, took possession of the site and secured the construction area. They started with demolishing the old building and cleared the site so that digging the foundations could commence.

In line with Council's strong focus on sustainability, old building materials were recycled or repurposed wherever possible. The women's refuge in Lilydale once again being the recipient of the many of the materials salvaged.

Breaking ground in Bayswater

The official breaking ground at the site of the new early years centre in Phyllis St Bayswater took place on 31 January 2018.

A group of around 50 people gathered to watch Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, Dinsdale Ward Councillor, Cr Adam Gill, and the State Government Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos MLC, turn the first sods of soil before construction begins in February. They were joined by other Knox Councillors and a number of local children, including some from the neighbouring Bayswater West Primary School, who had been invited to attend this special day.

In an exciting announcement welcomed by Council, Minister Mikakos announced the awarding of a $1.6 million grant by the State Government towards the construction of the $9.5 million facility.

The demolition and building permits were received soon after paving the way for work to commence on the site.

Read the media release for more information

Mayor John Mortimore and local children at the breaking ground ceremony
Minister Jenny Mikakos, Mayor Cr John Mortimore, Knox Councillors and local children break ground in Bayswater
Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore greets Minister Jenny Mikakos at the Bayswater breaking ground
Local children breaking ground at Bayswater early years hub site

3D Artist's impression

The architects for the Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater, K20 Architecture, produced a 3D video representation to give an indication of what the new centre would look like when completed.

While some of the internal and external elements may have changed slightly as the building took shape, the video gave us a great insight into the size and layout of the building interior and outdoor play area.

View the video
View the artist's impression and plans

Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater receives State Government Grant

In 2016, the State Government provided Knox City Council with a grant of $1.6 million funding towards the building of the Bayswater early years hub.

This grant money was provided through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and was announced by the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Hon. Jenny Mikakos MLC.

For more information about grants available and provided, visit the Victorian School Building Authority website.



The Bayswater early years hub is supported by the Victorian Government

Victorian School Building Authority



What is at the hub at Bayswater?

The new centre in Bayswater includes:

  • 105 long day care places per day:
    • For 0 to 2 year olds - 2 rooms with 12 places each
    • For 2 to 3 year olds - 3 rooms with 16 places each
    • For 3 to 5 year olds - 1 room with 33 places
  • 33 places per day for 4 year old sessional preschool
  • A shared outdoor play space for the long day care and sessional preschool programs
  • 1 playgroup room with an outdoor play space
  • 2 Maternal Child Health offices
  • 1 Allied Health consulting suite
  • Kitchen and dining area for children
  • Feeding room
  • Pram storage
  • Off street parking
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