Multi-Use Facility at 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick

Project background

The 33 Saxon Street site in the heart of the Brunswick Civic and Cultural Precinct includes a large 1970s school building, a heritage house, old stables and public open space.

Council purchased the site in 2010 to use as a compound while the Brunswick Baths were being redeveloped.

The site is currently being used temporarily as a community space and art gallery. See current use of the site for further details.

Council now wants to determine the long-term use and development of the site.

A Strategic Framework for future use and development of the site

33 Saxon Street BrunswickOn 9 August 2017, Council endorsed a Strategic Framework for the site to assist decision making on the future use and development of the site. The Strategic Framework sets out Council’s principles and priorities for the facility and is the foundation for how the site will be used beyond 2021.

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Requirements for future use

The future use and development of the site needs to adhere to the following requirements:

  1. The site will be an open and shared space welcoming a diversity of people and ‘best fit’ complementary uses.
  2. The site will be multi-use and future tenants and users will reflect the needs and priorities of the community.
  3. Brunswick lacks public open space and Council is committed to providing public open space at 33 Saxon Street in Brunswick. The process will lead to upgrading and possibly expanding the current public open space area which may be earmarked for a variety of uses. These could include an area for passive use, a children's play area, for outdoor fitness classes and activities, for outdoor events and exhibitions, and possibly a community garden.
  4. All heritage values will be respected and current assessment is that the heritage house must remain on the site.

The Framework is based on research, including the Brunswick Civic and Cultural Precinct Feasibility Study (2014) and the Strategic Assessment of Community Needs and Opportunities for Saxon Street and the broader Civic and Cultural Precinct (2017).

Potential uses for Concept Planning Stage

In June 2018 Council endorsed the potential uses, services and features to be included in the Saxon Street multi-use community facility. These assessments revisited the Sociologic strategic needs assessment findings, carefully considered the community feedback received, and refined the recommendations to be tested in the concept planning stage. These potential uses were included in the design brief to Breathe Architecture for the development of the concept plans and full detail can be viewed in the 13 June 2018 Council Report (PDF 27Kb).  

Concept Plan options

33 Saxon Street Brunswick

Moreland City Council has now developed three Concept Plans for the 33 Saxon Street Brunswick site.

Each concept has slightly different features which are outlined below. Each option includes an operating model to ensure the site can be viable and financially sustainable. 

The following features are included across all three options: 

  • A reconfigured ‘right of way’ access to the Brunswick Baths services area is incorporated
  • A new entry address is created for the heritage listed ‘Sherwood House’ on Saxon Street
  • The public open space is increased and enhanced, and
  • The connection to Brunswick Baths is enhanced with a porous fence treatment that allows for views of the pool and sound to travel between the two sites. 

The Council Report 8 August 2018 (PDF 34Kb) provides full details of the concept designs.

The three Concept Plans

Option A Minor Works  (PDF 2Mb)

Option A Minor Works 
Key features

  • Views of the heritage listed ‘Sherwood House’ are opened up through a cutting of the school building on Phoenix Street.
  • The current gallery structure would be refurbished and incorporate a new contemporary addition alongside. This ‘low’ lying new building is created at the south of the site which could incorporate a variety of uses including community, creative and commercial tenants.
  • Ground floor decks would be added on Saxon Street and Phoenix Street for casual occupation and increased activation of the street.
  • Cost $7 - $9 million

 Option B Minor Works with Ambition  (PDF 2Mb)

 

 

Option B Minor Works with Ambition
Key features

  • The eastern wing and buildings on the North East corner would be demolished.
  • The connection to Phoenix Street would be improved by a cutting through the school building towards the west, providing a view of the ‘green’ area and easy access to vertical circulation.
  • New buildings along Phoenix Street would be ‘built out’ to activate the space.
  • A scaffold like urban marker would be incorporated at the North East corner to create an entry.
  • A double height commercial café would be added at the non-heritage rear of the Sherwood House. An opportunity for a satellite café to be introduced  along the western interface with Brunswick Baths.
  • A new 4 storey building is created at the south of the site which could incorporate a variety of uses including community, creative and commercial tenants. The current gallery would be removed in this option and replaced with a similar sized exhibition space.
  • Cost $13 - $15 million

 Option C Major Works  (PDF 2Mb)

 

Option C Major Works 
Key features

  • The entire school building on Phoenix Street would be demolished.
  • Views of the Sherwood House would be opened up along both Saxon Street and Phoenix Street.
  • The open space would be reclaimed on the North East corner of the site.
  • A community use building would be created on the North West corner to mirror the built form of the gym next door at the Brunswick Baths.
  • A new 5-storey building is created at the south of the site which could incorporate a variety of uses including community, creative and commercial tenants. The current gallery would be removed in this option and replaced with a similar sized exhibition space. 
  • A double height commercial café would be added at the non-heritage rear of the Sherwood House. Option C would include an extended decking area to activate the interface with the public open space. An opportunity for a satellite café to be operational along the western interface with Brunswick Baths could serve their members.
  • Cost $19.5 - $22.5 million

 

Consultation

Council asked the community for their feedback on their preferred Concept Plan for 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick. 

An online feedback form was available and two drop-in sessions were held. 

Consultation closed on 5 September 2018.

Further information

If you would like to discuss the site and the consultation process, please contact the Places Team on 9240 2221 or via email.

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