Bunjil Place

Client: City of Casey

Planning and development of a food and beverage strategy for a new cultural precinct, Bunjil place, located in Melbourne south-eastern growth corridor.

The Project

The City of Casey has commenced developing a new civic precinct for residents on land adjacent to Fountain Gate Shopping Complex in Narre Warren, the economic heart of Melbourne’s rapidly expanding south-east corridor. Drawing on Casey’s Aboriginal heritage, the unique cultural, community and civic facility will be a centrepiece for Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Bunjil Place is a $125 Million development offering the Community and visitors a diverse mix of arts, leisure, entertainment, library and civic facilities in one location. Featuring an 800 seat theatre, a regional Arts Gallery, 350 seat Function Centre and Civic facilities, Bunjil place will service a catchment of over 1 Million people.

Our Role

Engaged early during the project planning phases, The Maytrix Group completed a comprehensive competitor and demand analysis to determine future users and uses for the inclusion of a 350 seat functions venue and associated kitchen, storage and staff amenities.

Detailed stakeholder and Community consultation confirmed the demand for the venue and further planning was completed including design development with consideration for operator models and functional efficiencies. The Maytrix Group worked closely with architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp to inform the design planning process including sketch drawings, design revisions and consultation to include operational efficiencies and manage operator variables.

Further work included the development of an operating model which will lead to operator procurement in 2017. The function centre is due to open in late 2017.

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