St Albans Community Centre
Client: Brimbank City Council
Feasibility study into Food and Beverage options for Council’s new multi-purpose community centre and performing arts facility.
In 2016, Brimbank City Council commenced works to completely redevelop the former Errington Community Centre venue to develop a stronger connection with arts and culture – in particular the performing arts. The redeveloped site includes the Bowery Theatre, a 200 seat performing arts theatre made possible through the generous donation of $2.5 million by the St Albans Community Centre Co-Operative Ltd.
The new community hall spaces each hold 100 people, with walls that can be opened out to provide a space for over 300. Two community kitchens provide amenity for local community groups and for the service of functions. Additional spaces include a café and foyer bar, exhibition space, performance stair, dance studio, arts and craft room, rehearsal rooms and meeting rooms.
Council engaged The Maytrix Group to provide a feasibility study and recommendations regarding Food and Beverage options for the Centre, including benchmarking against similar venues to determine best practice, review of options including social enterprise partnership, and analysis of the potential risks involved with each option.
Ongoing engagement has included advice on food and beverage options and in house management of foyer bar service provision for performances.
Additional engagement with the Brimbank City Council has included café licence agreement planning and negotiation for Little Rays Café, located in the foyer of the Civic Centre. The Maytrix Group acted as liaison between Social Enterprise Catering and Council to create a new partnership in the activation of the public realm.