Kane and Nicholson are both award-winning construction firms accredited to international standards. Kane has been in operation for 45 years and has 20 employees in Ballarat.
Nicholson is based in Ballarat, employs 55 people and has a proven track record delivering big local projects for, including Mars Stadium and the Ararat Arts Centre Redevelopment.
The Kane and Nicholson joint venture is the result of a long-standing relationship between the two companies and presents an excellent opportunity to bring national and local construction expertise together to build the GovHub.
The GovHub will achieve a minimum local content of 91 per cent, with labour and material sourced from the Ballarat region where possible.
Early works are expected to start before Christmas with no impact on car parking. Demolition of the Lower Hall, skate park and car park will begin in January 2019 and locals will be kept informed of upcoming works.
Around 500 jobs will be created building the GovHub, which will accommodate up to 1,000 government employees, including 600 positions moving from Melbourne.
The building design reflects the theme of the Civic Hall precinct and includes a reconstructed shared space for multi-purpose use and two levels of basement car parking, including 120 public car parks.
This project is part of the transformation of the city, which is driving growth and employment in Ballarat.
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The Labor Government is getting on with making GovHub a reality in Ballarat – delivering $47.8 million to the project, which will revitalise the Civic Hall site, provide space for 1,000 government employees and contribute to Ballarat’s economic growth by relocating 600 government jobs from Melbourne.
The GovHub project is part of the most significant infrastructure investment and construction program in Ballarat’s history, with more than $500 million worth of projects underway in the city.
Under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, the GovHub project is required to use local firms, local materials, local expertise and local skills, and where possible deliver flow on benefits to the Ballarat economy.
The GovHub design includes an active ground floor space, incorporating the bricks and masonry theme of the Civic Hall precinct, a reconstructed lower hall space for multi-purpose use, a glass conservatory linking the Civic Hall to the GovHub, five storeys of office space and basement car parking.
The EOI process for the Ballarat GovHub, managed by Development Victoria, is open for two weeks and closes on Monday 21 May at 10.00 am. Interested parties can download the EOI documentation at www.tenders.vic.gov.au
Following this, a shortlist of suitable contactors will be identified and invited to tender. Construction will commence on the site by the end of the year.
The Government will continue to engage with the Ballarat community throughout the planning and construction of the GovHub.
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John Wardle Architects’ design lead for the project, Luke Jarvis, lives in Ballarat and the landscape design director Kirsten Bauer worked on the Ballarat Structure Plan.
The team from John Wardle will work closely with Baumgart Clark Architects Pty Ltd, who have been engaged by Ballarat City Council to lead the refurbishment of Civic Hall.
The new building will be integrated in the iconic Civic Hall precinct while delivering modern offices for government employees – creating contemporary work spaces and allowing for greater flexibility and use of technology.
The community and local businesses will have an opportunity to view the concept design, speak with the architects and the design team, and provide feedback at a community consultation session on Saturday 2 December. An online feedback process will also be available to the community.
The Minister for Planning will be asked to facilitate planning approval for the new building.
Read te full media release here.