This $10M redevelopment of the Knox headquarters of Melbourne’s largest church organisation, CityLife Church, is a two-part project comprising a new double-level community centre, as well as the partial demolition and remodelling of the existing community centre into a new reception wing. The new buildings will incorporate a spacious foyer, new café, upgraded and new children’s ministry rooms and additional meeting rooms. Boasting high-end joinery and finishes throughout, the buildings interconnect via a crossover bridge and are clad in a striking metal façade featuring the CityLife signage.
Additional works include minor renovations to areas of the existing structure and a resurrection of the existing asphalt car park complete with new playgrounds and landscaping.
Figurehead was awarded this project following a competitive tender process coordinated by project managers Sinclair Brook. As part of the tender process, Figurehead presented the client with several value management options in order to reduce the overall contract sum, many of which have since been adopted. We also suggested an alternative construction methodology that has resulted in a 24-week reduction in construction time.
In order to carry out works to both buildings in a single stage, we’ll need to relocate the existing community centre into temporary accommodation in the adjacent car park. We’ll also need to ensure the existing church can remain operational and accessible to the thousands of community members who attend the complex each week for services, events and activities.
We’ve worked very closely with both the project manager and the client to ensure all their requirements are met and there is minimal disruption to the centre’s day-to-day operations during this time.