A New Library for Marrickville
Marrickville Council Major Projects
Early Works Project Completed
In late 2012, the Early Works project was completed. This project involved the urgent demolition of two redundant buildings – the former operating theatre and the 1960s boiler/laundry building. Both of these buildings were very dilapidated and in an un-safe condition.
In addition, hazardous materials were removed from the original heritage hospital ward building and nurses quarters building and from the two demolished buildings. Approximately 35 tonnes of hazardous materials and over 100,000 litres of contaminated water were removed from the site.
In addition, 1950s additions to the original hospital ward building and nurses quarters building were removed opening up the building ready for conservation.
Between February and April 2013, additional geotechnical investigations will be completed along with testing of soils to identify the extent of ground contamination that may exist on the site from the former hospital.
In additional, archaeologists will examine a section of the original 1890s footing and other potential archaeological relics that may exist on the site.
New Council remains committed to building a new Library
At its meeting on 4 December the new Council reaffirmed its commitment to build a new Marrickville Library, identifying it as a priority project.
Council will explore options for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to delivery the Community Hub concept.
In late 2012 and early 2013, Council conducted a survey to ascertain the communities views on a proposal to fund the construction of the new library via a special rate variation (SRV). Two surveys were conducted. The first via an online forum, have a say days, flyers and a survey form in an edition of Marrickville Matters sent to all residents. The second was via an independent telephone poll.
Both surveys were independently collated and analysed.
The results of the survey were presented to Councillors in a report to the 4 December 2012 Council meeting (see Other Documents below).
The following link provides access to the analysis report provided to Councillors:
The new Library project
- Download the concept design report by BVN Architects (10MB, PDF)
- Download the concept design panels (12MB, PDF)
- Download concept design floor plans:
In 1995 Marrickville Council purchased the old Marrickville Hospital site on the corner of Marrickville and Livingstone Roads with the intent of building a library and civic centre.
Over time however, these plans were delayed as Council concentrated on turning Tempe Lands into ten hectares of parkland, and began construction of the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre and Waterplay Park.
The need for a new state-of-the-art library has not changed over the years, and in fact has become more urgent as the current library is too small and cannot meet the expanding size and needs of the Marrickville community.
Planning and community consultation around the development of the site, bounded by Lilydale and Marrickville Roads, was undertaken in 2011 and 2012 (see supporting documents below).
Marrickville Council has produced a series of seven fact sheets containing essential information on the new Library project. These are available to download below in PDF format.
- Fact sheet 1: Our vision
- Fact sheet 2: What we've heard you say so far
- Fact sheet 3: What's in the Library
- Fact sheet 4: Funding the new Library
- Fact sheet 5: Traffic and parking - your questions answered
- Fact sheet 6: Rates and the new Library - your questions answered
- Fact sheet 7: History of proposed development of the former Marrickville Hospital site
Consultation to date – what do you want from a new library?
The highly positive response from the local community has indicated to Council that the new library should be a place where people surf the internet, attend a class, read the latest newspapers or magazines, have a coffee and meet others.
The new library will host children attending free holiday entertainment, seniors learning about social media, and diverse community groups just coming together. Local citizens have told Council that the new library will be more than quiet reading rooms, it will also be a hub of community and lifelong learning.
So far, respondents have said they want:
- children's activities and reading support;
- community meeting space;
- electronic and audio books;
- history services;
- Internet/WiFi connections;
- displays and exhibition space;
- safe learning space for young people;
- study areas; and
- workshops and education.
The current top five design priorities, as indicated by the community, are:
- natural light and ventilation;
- accessibility (wheelchairs, prams, etc.);
- bicycle parking; and
- environmentally sustainable design.
Design competition and winner
In 2011 Council invited three architects to lodge tenders and put forward their initial concepts for the new library as part of a design competition.
Community feedback on the preferred library concept design was presented to Council at its 20 March 2012 meeting. This feedback was taken into consideration when assessing the three concept designs.
Council has appointed BVN Architects – the "blue" concept design – for the project. This was the architectural firm with the highest community support.
In June 2012 BVN Architects won the Sulman award for their Ravenswood School for Girls Library at Gordon. Bill Dowzer was the principal architect on that project.
The firm also won the Lachlan Macquarie award for urban design. Their project architect for that award was Olivia Hyde.
Both Bill and Olivia are involved in our library and hospital site projects.
How to have your say
At the beginning of the consultation phase for this project, Council created a consultation page at www.yoursaymarrickville.com.au. On this page you can download design plans and fact sheet, find answers to frequently asked questions, and join Council's contact list to receive notice of future consultation events.
For more information, contact Council's Communication and Engagement Coordinator on 9335 2096 or email@example.com.
- Report for 4 December 2012 Council Meeting (PDF) - Report of survey results from late 2012 and early 2013
- Report for July 2012 DAC Meeting (PDF) - Item 2 - Former Marrickville Hospital Site Early Works 182-186 Livingstone Road and 313-319 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
- Report for March 2012 Council Meeting C0312(2) (PDF) - Item 8 - Report of phase 2 community consultation in relation to the new Marrickville Library concept designs
- Report for February 2012 Council Meeting C0212(2) (PDF) - Item 1 - Former Marrickville Hospital Site Early Works
- Report for July 2011 Council Meeting (PDF)
- Report for February 2011 Council Meeting (PDF)
- Report for December 2010 Council Meeting (PDF)
- Master Plan - Old Hospital Site (PDF)
- Accommodation schedule (PDF)