Image description: An artist's impression of the Victorian Pride Centre - a five story building with a facade of cream arches and glass balconies on the first and third floors, outdoor kerbside seating and topped by a white spire - supplied by the Victorian Pride Centre.
In 2019, construction will kick off on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda for Australia’s first dedicated centre for LGBTIQ community services and organisations, the Victorian Pride Centre (VPC).
The Pride Centre will be home to many iconic local and national LGBTIQ services and organisations, and serve as a flagship location to celebrate and recognise Victoria and Australia’s LGBTIQ community.
A design competition saw 18 firms compete to design the new Pride Centre, with the successful consortium of Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists taking out the prize.
The Pride Centre will be five stories, and house a library, gallery, theatrette, rooftop garden and bar, and a health clinic.
A wide range of community organisations and services will potentially call the Pride Centre home, including Thorne Harbour Health (formerly VAC), JOY radio, youth mental health service Minus18, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Switchboard, Midsumma Festival, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
“This iconic centre will celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ community, paving new directions for its future and honour their brave, and at times, difficult past. It will provide an uplifting expression of welcome, engagement and belonging for our community to grow in a permanent home, and huge potential to grow alongside the needs of our community,” said Stuart Kollmorgen, VPC Deputy Chair.
“We’re making the final arrangements at the moment to begin construction in 2019, with the Pride Centre scheduled to open in 2020. It’s a huge project and we welcome support from the community through donations and pledges to bring this dream to reality.”
There are a number of ways that the community can support the VPC. Visit the Victorian Pride Centre website for more information.
The Pride Centre has also received significant funding from the Victorian Government, City of Port Phillip Council, and many private benefactors.
Bank Australia is proud to be the official social impact lender for the Victorian Pride Centre. We're also supporting the Victorian Pride Centre through an affinity partnership by making a contribution for every home loan or personal loan taken out by a VPC supporter.