Melton Library and Learning Hub

A.G. Coombs Advisory was appointed by Melton City Council to undertake the Independent Commissioning Agent (ICA) role for the Melton Library and Learning Hub project.

The facility features an 80-seat auditorium, community programming spaces, services and facilities, workshop spaces, ICT classrooms, 11 meeting spaces, and a cafe.

Involved from the initial design stage, A.G. Coombs Advisory led the commissioning planning phase and undertook design-for-commissionability reviews. A key commissioning activity for this project included pressure testing of the Library’s sub-floor air displacement system. Pressure testing is required to confirm that all sub-floor plenums are sufficiently sealed. A successful outcome from the testing was achieved with the Library now functioning with reduced air leakage, which will lead to increased energy efficiency and operational savings.

Another key commissioning activity involved detailed testing of the Building Management & Controls System including meter calibration to ensure accurate readings. This has led to system improvements and optimal operational efficiency.

Appointing A.G. Coombs Advisory as ICA on the project has been of great benefit to the project. Working independently, A.G. Coombs Advisory has liaised closely with the designers, builders and Council to achieve optimal results at best cost and reduced complexity, and with a sustainable design. The team has a valuable ability to provide advice and knowledge across all disciplines, and has made a significant contribution to the Library’s 5 Star Green Star achievement.

Leigh Ryall, Capital Projects Coordinator, Melton City Council

Project Overview

Project Name: Melton Library and Learning Hub

Location: VIC

Client: Melton City Council

Year Completed: 2014

Project Type

ICA Services


  • Successful implementation of Value Engineering solutions, leading to optimal results at best cost and reduced complexity, and a sustainable design.
  • Provision of advice and knowledge across all disciplines, assisting with the achievement of a 5 Star Green Star – Public Building Design pilot rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (making it Australia’s first Green Star-rated library).
  • A.G. Coombs Advisory chairing building tuning meetings to ensure long-term value through ongoing environmental performance.
  • A.G. Coombs Advisory appointed by Melton City Council to undertake the same ICA role on the Council’s Western Business Accelerator and Centre (Western BACE) Project.


  • Environmental Sustainability Award (Keep Australia Beautiful Awards, Aug 2014)
  • Capital Works >1M Award (finalist) (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Awards 2014)

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