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Knox Children and Family Centre (Wantirna South) Project 2016 - 2019

Open at last!

The Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South is open at 81 Argyle Way, Wantirna South. We opened on 31 January, welcoming child care, preschool, Maternal and Child Health and playgroups into our new building.

To book a spot in this facility, visit Knox Children and Family Centres.

Classroom at the Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South
Outdoor area ready for children
inside the classrooms at Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South
Playground at Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South

Official opening

The Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South was officially opened on Saturday 16 February 2019 by Cr Jake Keogh, Mayor.

Opening at KCFC Wantirna South
Opening at KCFC Wantirna South
Opening at KCFC Wantirna South
Opening at KCFC Wantirna South

Almost ready!

Kitchen at Knox Children and Family Centre - almost done!
Fitting out the rooms for use
Front of the new Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South, it's almost ready
Playground at Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South

Internal fit-out

With the external walls and roofing completed, work began on the internal fit-out of the building.

Ceilings, internal walls, doors and windows were installed, giving good idea of the size and scope of the rooms inside.

Inside a child care room at Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South
Outdoor playspace at Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South
Play area in the Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South
ceiling and internal walls being installed at Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South

Exterior work

With the exterior framing and rear walls complete, work began on the cladding and the side walls. Work also commenced on the interior frame, roof and internal doors.

Side walls of Wantirna South early years hub framed
Cladding the side walls of the Wantirna South hub
Steel framing at Wantirna South
Interior walls being installed in Wantirna South hub

A building starts to take shape...

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

The building of Wantirna South took shape during stages 1-3 of the four stage framing works. The fourth and final stage lead to the roof being attached and internal pipes and ducts are being installed.

Framing of the Wantirna South hub is progressing
Wantirna South hub under construction
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

Car park under construction

More than 25,000 cubic meters of earth was removed from the new Wantirna South early years hub building site and to allow for work to commence 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 were completed, the external walls strengthened and cladding completed, work commenced on pouring the basement slab. The main slab was then poured and work commenced 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

Construction on the Wantirna South Hub began in June 2018. The old building was demolished, the site cleared and the digging started on what is now the underground carpark.

In line with our sustainability philosophy, building materials from the old building were 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

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

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
View the artist's impression and plans

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 is at the Wantirna South hub?

The new centre in Wantirna South includes:

  • 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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