Destravis was engaged by Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) to develop the concept design, business case and funding provision for the Highfields Library.
The Council undertook a detailed Library Facilities Strategy study in 2012 that identified the Highfields catchment with population of 13,180 (an increase of 17% between 2012-2016) was in need of an expanded library service. In 2017, the existing library would service over 50,000 visits and now unable to cater for the current and prospective users.
The Strategy report was followed by Highfields Cultural Precinct Master Plan in April 2017 inclusive of the newly proposed library. The Council defined two sites within the Cultural Precinct and with Community engagement determined the preferred site for the new library.
Our detailed business case would undertake the concept design and site test fit to ensure the chosen site would be suitable for the 1200m2 library, as well as integrating two Council services to improve customer engagement with Council services. The business case also considered a strategic plan for integrating the adjacent Council buildings whereby increasing safety for vehicular and pedestrian movement for a civic precinct that would attract over 100,000 library visits alone.
The detailed business case and recommended concept would attract additional revenue of $1M and generate community member financial benefit of $108M over 25 years.
Funding has been approved and the project is proceeding into construction.
Toowoomba Regional Council
New Library integrated with the civic precinct
Development of preferred strategy and business case report, including:
Concept design and site test fit
Cost Benefit Analysis
Economic Analysis over 25 years
Whole of Life Analysis
Budgets and Benchmarking
Detailed Business Case Report