The project: A new fernery structure and landscaping features that enhance Ballarat Botanical Garden’s plant collection and creates a destination for visitors of all ages. The redeveloped fernery will showcase outstanding architectural design and construction techniques through cost effective and innovative design that’s functional and beautiful.
The commitment: The vision for the Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment is based on a $4 million budget and construction will be staged in line with available funding.
The City of Ballarat committed $1.4 million in its 2015/16 Budget, to fully fund Stage One of the project. The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens group has raised $150,000, and with the City of Ballarat are investigating opportunities for further funding.
Project status: The concept design for the entire Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment has been developed. In August, the City of Ballarat held a community drop-in session and ran a survey on the concept designs. Representatives from the City and the architectural team, Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design and Bower Architectural, answered questions from residents and all community feedback will be considered in the development of detailed design work that is now underway.
The final design will identify the scope of Stage One works, and following approval from Heritage Victoria, the construction tender will be advertised.
Completion date: Stage One of the Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.