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Wantirna South Early Years Hub

Walls, roof and floors at Wantirna South

The new early years hub in Wantirna South is starting to look like a building rather than a construction site!

Of course, it is still very much in construction, but with the walls and roof almost complete, and the external and internal walls well underway, passers-by can really start to get a picture of what the finished product will look like.

The scope and size of the fantastic outdoor play spaces can now also been seen - check out the pics below:

Steel framing at Wantirna South
Interior walls being installed in Wantirna South hub
Exterior walls taking shape at Wantirna South hub
View from within the play space, shows walls and size of play area

A building starts to take shape...

The building is really starting to take shape at Wantirna South.

Stages 1-3 of the four stage framing works have already been completed and the final stage is due for completion by the end of April. Around a third of the roof has already been attached and internal pipes and ducts are being installed as well.

The next stage will see the external walls attached and then work on internal walls will commence.

It is anticipated the building will be at lock up stage within a couple of months!

Framing of the Wantirna South hub is progressing
Work on the frame of the Wantirna South hub is progresing
Wantirna South hub taking shape
Wantirna South hub under construction

Steel framing commences

The pouring of the concrete that forms the roof of the underground car park in Wantirna South has been finished and that means that the ground level slab has also been completed. Work has now commenced on the steelwork that will provide the frame for the centre itself.

The steelwork will be completed in a number of stages but when complete, will mean construction of the walls, both internal and external, can commence. We will start to see a real building take shape!

Check out the great aerial shot below to see the full size of this project

Steel works commenced on the frame for the new early years hub in Wantirna South
Steel works commenced on the frame for the new early years hub in Wantirna South
Steel works commenced on the frame for the new early years hub in Wantirna South
Aerial image of new early years hub site at Wantirna South as steel work commences

3D Artist's Impression

The architects for our Wantirna South early years hub, 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

Car park under construction

More than 25,000 cubic meters of earth has been removed from the new Wantirna South early years hub building site and work is underway on the construction of the basement car park.

After digging to a depth of between 4 and 5.5m due to the slope on the block, retaining walls were built, the ground was levelled and concrete foundations and footings poured. A total of 41 supporting pillars have been constructed, each containing approximately 9 cubic meters of concrete. A lift well and two stairwells have been installed and space set aside to house the solar panel batteries and other plant equipment.

The entire basement area is approximately 2600 square meters, including the carpark and access ramp.
This new basement carpark will house 73 car spaces including two dedicated D.D.A. compliant spaces (Disability Discrimination Act). These spaces have been specifically designed to allow access to all types of disabled access vehicles, including having a raised roofline for taller vehicles. There are also around a dozen bicycle parking spaces.

Once the columns are completed, the external walls strengthened and cladding completed, work can commence on pouring the basement slab. The main slab will then be poured and work will commence on the actual centre.

Pouring concrete at the Wantirna South early years hubs site
Installing the stairwell at the wantirna South early years hub site
Carpark at Wantirna South Early Years hub taking shape
Carpark at Wantirna South Early Years hub taking shape

Construction update

It's all happening at the Wantirna South new early years centre site. The old building has been demolished, the site cleared and the digging has started on what will be the new underground carpark.

In line with our sustainability philosophy, building materials from the old building were able to be recycled or repurposed, with a significant portion of the materials going toward the women's refuge in Lilydale. Additional items have been collected by Council to be used at other facilities.

Even trees that were removed will be used in landscaping the new playspace or at other Council playgrounds in our community.

The Wantirna South early years hub site has been cleared
The digging has started
The new centre is being carved out of the earth...
Work has commenced for the underground carpark at the Wantirna South early years hub site

Construction commences

Things are about to heat up at the site of the new Wantirna South centre with construction contractors Circon Constructions taking possession of the site on 13 June.

The first thing they did was to secure the site in order to ensure safety for all community members. This included erecting fences around the property to limit public access and relocating the school crossing away from the construction zone.

The next steps include demolition of the existing building and excavation – stay tuned for more updates!

Early Years Wantirna South
Early Years Wantirna South
Early Years Wantirna South hoarding
Early Years Wantirna South hoarding

Breaking ground in Wantirna South!

The official breaking ground at the site of the new centre in Wantirna South took place on 29 May 2017, but the story behind it started a few weeks earlier.

One day in mid-May a group of specially selected young members of the Knox community received a personal invitation to join the Mayor, Cr Darren Pearce, and Councillor Lisa Cooper in the breaking ground ceremony. This group of lucky youngsters was made up of both current and past users of the Knox Early Years services and the personalised invitations and prospect of digging a hole generated great excitement among our budding construction workers. They were joined on the day by some local school children, Knox City Councillors and members of the Knox Early Years Team.

With cold, wet weather forecast as the day approached, everyone started to prepare their wet weather gear, but the weather gods smiled down on the band of intrepid diggers and the sun broke through for the very special event. Armed with their shovels, the children assisted the Mayor and other councillors to turn the soil that would mark the commencement of the building of the future Wantirna South Early Years Hub.

Afterwards, each child received a personalised 'thank you card' from the Mayor and a souvenir photo that they could keep as a memory of the day they helped start building what is sure to become one of Knox City Council's landmark facilities.

Breaking ground at the Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Speeches happened at the breaking ground at Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Our Councillors helped to break ground at the Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Knox Councillors and children at the breaking ground of Wantirna South Early Years Hub

School crossing move

The school crossing opposite the Knox Gardens Primary School has been temporarily located away from the works zone and parking limits have been revised in order to ensure public safety in the vicinity of the construction works in Argyle Way.

View the parking and crossing changes (PDF)

Construction contract awarded

On Monday 8 May 2017, Council endorsed the appointment of Circon Constructions Pty Ltd for the construction of the new centre in Argyle Way, Wantirna South.

The delay in the original schedule to commence construction works in January 2017 for the Wantirna South site has subsequently impacted the proposed timelines with regard to the opening and operation of the centre. Based on the delay, the commencement date for operations of the new centre is proposed to be early 2019.

What will be in the hub?

The new centre in Wantirna South will include:

  • 117 long day care places per day:
    • For 0 to 2 year olds - 3 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
  • 40 occasional care places per day with an outdoor play space:
    • For 0 to 2 year olds - 1 room with 16 places
    • For 2 to 5 year olds - 1 room with 24 places
  • 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
  • Underground car park
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