Plans for a proposed civic hub for Melbourne’s Docklands have been released including an estimated $12.7 million library.


To be delivered through a partnership model comprising Places Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Lend Lease, the centrepiece of the proposed civic hub, to be known as Dock Square, is a library and community centre, subject to planning approval.


Located at the intersection where Collins Street will meet Bourke Street, the proposed library and community centre is designed to become a meeting place where the Docklands community can access a range of resources and activities.


The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy said the plans demonstrated strong, long-term partnerships between State and local government and the private sector, a key ingredient for any urban renewal project.


Throughout 2011, City of Melbourne and Places Victoria sought input from the Docklands community to inform how planning, development and community activity should be supported in the next decade.


Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the proposed location of the building was ideal and would be the cornerstone of a range of community infrastructure to be delivered in this part of Docklands.


Construction of the library and community centre is anticipated to commence in April 2012, subject to planning approval, and is due for completion by mid 2013.