SITEWORKS AT SAXON STREET
Siteworks at Saxon Street provides the community with a range of facilities within a former college and heritage-listed house, for skills sharing, ideas generation, experimental teaching and technology-related development.
The first phase of Siteworks will provide access four days a week.
By the end of 2016, all facilities will operate seven days a week.
Siteworks at Saxon Street is proudly supported by Moreland City Council.
The layered history of this site requires an innovative approach to deciding its future. Rather than selling the property to developers or adopting a traditional master planning process, Moreland City Council established an Expressions of Interest for an organisation to run the site over a five-year period. An existing partnership with 3000 Acres and Blak Dot Gallery has already activated the site through community gardens and events.
The site's historical function as a school is considered an important theme informing future use. Through this project, Moreland City Council is keen to engage with diverse groups and individuals to explore different ways to transform the area into a vibrant community-learning hub.
The Projects has been contracted to develop a five-year program inviting groups and individuals to use the buildings and grounds to run activities and events. The process is ongoing and aims to support innovative, experimental and conventional uses.
Inviting the community to activate the school building, heritage house and grounds will inform Moreland City Council's long-term plan for the site. This process becomes active-research. The Projects is the organisation responsible for operating the site, collecting data and documenting how organisations use the site over the next five years. This information, in consultation with Council, will contribute to a permanent outcome for 33 Saxon Street.
The Projects invites groups and individuals to run programs, activities, events and other initiatives on site to generate exciting ideas which will ultimately be incorporated into future planning.