In April 2016, Ballarat City Council approved a master plan that will link the Civic Hall site with the existing Ballarat Library.
The City of Ballarat will implement a staged works program, which includes:
Developing the Civic Hall Main Hall and foyer as a multi-function space and a heart of culture and community activity
Commencing work on a Ballarat Civic Plaza
Constructing west soft and hard landscape
Altering existing car parking access
The master plan reflects key community and expert input into the design process. It is also consistent with the Victorian Design Review Panel’s recommendations. The master plan provides for the development of a facility that will deliver a much-needed service to meet the Ballarat community’s needs for the next 50 years. It is also expected to stimulate jobs and activate the CBD.
The project: Development of the first stage of works identified in the site masterplan approved by Council in April 2016, linking the Civic Hall site with the existing Ballarat Library.
Project status: Restoration works on the front façade have been completed, repairing damage which had accumulated over the life of the building and restoring the façade to as new condition.
Works to realign the eastern (Armstrong Street) side car park have commenced, which will increase the efficiency of parking in the precinct and enable landscaping works around the hall with no net loss of parking. Lighting is being installed for the south façade of the Civic Hall, with long term plans to also light other facades. A landscape design has been completed for the south and west of the site and, subject to approvals, works will start in the new year.
Meanwhile, work has been underway to take the design from master plan stage into architectural design, including investigating feasibility for various operational parameters and different community uses for the various spaces available.
Completion date: Early works are expected to be completed in Summer 2016/17, subject to further approvals. Feasibility studies are expected to be complete allowing for the engagement of an architect in early 2017.