Ballarat GovHub

Project Overview

Development Victoria is leading the development of a new government office precinct on the Civic Hall site in Ballarat’s CBD, in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Ballarat City Council. The 'Ballarat GovHub' will accommodate up to 1000 government employees, including some of the 600 public sector positions being relocated from Melbourne. The GovHub will help revitalise the CBD, generate long-term jobs growth, increase business confidence and further private sector investment.

Expected to create up to 500 jobs during construction, the GovHub provides the opportunity for local workers and businesses to get involved and benefit from the project. Construction commences in early 2019 and completion is anticipated in late 2020. Construction activities will be carefully planned to minimise noise and other disruptions.

Local residents, business owners and stakeholders will be kept up to date about construction activities.

What to expect during the early phases of construction:

  • Installation of timber hoarding around the entire site to ensure working and public safety from 9 January 2019.
  • Movement of heavy vehicles in and out of the site from Armstrong Street North, which will be closed northbound between Mair Street and Market Street from 9 January 2019.
  • Excavation works will commence in February 2019 and last for up to 5 months.
  • Construction will take place between 7.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday and between 7.00am and 3.30pm on Saturday. Noisy works on site will be in accordance with EPA guidelines.

More information about what to expect is outlined here.

What will the GovHub look like?

The GovHub design includes:

  • A new glassed conservatory between the Civic Hall and the GovHub that will create a welcoming microclimate and a strong public link between Civic Hall and the new office building;
  • An active ground floor with spaces for commercial/retail and public use that will be refined as the design progresses. The ground floor podium will carry the bricks and masonry theme of the surrounding precinct through its design
  • A reconstructed 'lower hall' space equivalent to the existing lower hall in volume. This will be a shared space that might be used for a café/bar, gallery space, live music venue or gathering space;
  • A new civic plaza on Mair Street and a central plaza that will connect the GovHub, Civic Hall and the library;
  • Strong pedestrian links to the Ballarat CBD and Ballarat Station;
  • Five storeys of office space with large windows to the north and south offering lots of natural light and creating a strong visual connection to the Ballarat CBD;
  • Basement carparking and end-of-trip facilities to encourage walking and cycling.
  • Architects appointed

    October 2017 - Architects appointed

  • Concept design

    October/November 2017 - Concept designs developed

  • Community engagement

    December 2017 - Community Design Launch and opportunity to provide feedback on concept designs

  • Planning application

    Late December 2017 - Planning application to be submitted

  • Design and Construct contractor

    October 2018 - Announcement of D&C contractor

  • Construction starts

    Early 2019 - Construction commencement 

  • Project complete

    2020 - Construction complete

  • Move in date

    Early 2021 - Expected move in date

Making Ballarat GovHub A Reality And Boosting Jobs

The Victorian Government is getting on with making GovHub a reality in Ballarat, today announcing the appointment of Kane and Nicholson as the construction team for the $100 million project.

Contractors Sought for Ballarat GovHub - May 2018

In May 2018, the Victorian Government opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to identify contractors to deliver the Ballarat GovHub, marking an important milestone in the project.

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