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 be home to up to 1000 government employees, including 600 new positions to the city, and will help revitalise the CBD, generate long-term jobs growth, increase business confidence and further private sector investment.

The GovHub design includes:

  • 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 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;
  • 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

  • Construction starts

    Late 2018 - Construction expected to start

  • Project complete

    2020 - Construction complete

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