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Knox Children and Family Centre (Bayswater)

Internal fit-out underway

Work is progressing quickly at the Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater.
Internal walls, floors and ceiling are being installed and painting and electrical work has also commenced.

Outdoors, the undercover play area is progressing well with work soon to start on the main play spaces.

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

3D Artist's impression

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

While some of the internal and external elements may change as the building takes shape, the video gives us a great insight into the size and layout of the building interior and outdoor play area.

View the video

A building starts to take shape...

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

The framing is now complete and builders have started adding the roof and external cladding.

Check out the pics below:

Bayswater early years hub takes shape
Bayswater early years hub taking shape
Bayswater early years hub roof going on
The early years hub Bayswater starts to take shape

Construction update

Lots of activity at the site of the new Bayswater early years centre as construction kicks off.

All the underground services have been installed and the excavation for the footings completed. The next stage will be to pour around 60 truckloads of cement which will form the footings and the slab.

If you drive past, you should also be able to see the start of the steel frame being erected at the front of the building - with the remainder scheduled for completion during June.

Bayswater hub installing servces
Installing services at Bayswater hub
Preparing footings at Bayswater hub
preparing to pour the slab at Bayswater hub

Demolition commences

Things are really heating up at the site of the new early years hub in Bayswater.

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

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
Construction commences at the Bayswater early years hub

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 have both since been received so we can expect to see some further activity on the site shortly.

Read the media release for more information

Local children breaking ground at Bayswater early years hub site
Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore greets Minister Jenny Mikakos at the Bayswater breaking ground
Crowds watch the Bayswater breaking ground ceremony
Mayor John Mortimore addresses the guests at the breaking ground ceremony
Minister Jenny Mikakos joins Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore and other Councillors and local children to turn the soil at the Bayswater breaking ground
Minister Jenny Mikakos, Mayor Cr John Mortimore, Knox Councillors and local children break ground in Bayswater
Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore shares digging duties with local children
Mayor John Mortimore and local children at the breaking ground ceremony

Bayswater Early Years Hub Receives State Government Grant

The State Government is providing a grant of $1.6 million funding towards the building of the Bayswater early years hub.

This grant money has been 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 the grants provided, visit the Victorian School Building Authority website.

What will be in the hub at Bayswater?

The new centre in Bayswater will include:

  • 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



The Bayswater early years hub is supported by the Victorian Government

Victorian School Building Authority



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