Logan Cultural & Community Hub
Client: Logan City Council
A plan for a dynamic Cultural and Community Hub within a diverse and growing region
A wealth of multicultural talent has inspired the City of Logan, in southeast Queensland, to explore opportunities for a creative, cultural and community hub to anchor Logan’s vibrant cultural life and identity and foster cross-cultural exchange.
With a redundant building newly identified as a possible location, a dream eight years in the making came closer to realisation with Logan City Council seeking advice in the form of a feasibility study and detailed outline of concept options. Extensive consultation and stakeholder engagement were deemed critical to the success of the project, with benchmarking required to refine best practice and identify a best fit approach for the City of Logan.
Recommendations delivered by the project team include a scalable Hub able to expand to meet future demand, and carefully curated programming augmented by access to community services that would entice visitors to the site and create a supportive atmosphere.
A multidisciplinary team including Positive Solutions, The Maytrix Group, Conrad Gargett and Slattery explored alternative options for the building, including detailed scoping. A review of community documentation ensured the relevant needs and priorities were considered from the very first planning stages.
Facilities from five different communities around Australia were studied to identify past approaches and issues faced elsewhere. The local context was supplied by a series of stakeholder interviews and workshops that prioritised active engagement by key contacts in community groups and Council.
The feasibility study considered commercial opportunities presented by the site, as well as the potential economic impact and risks posed, along with possible barriers to success. Two options were shortlisted, outlining appropriate uses, an operational model, governance arrangements and preliminary design concept options for the proposed Hub.