In April 2016, Ballarat City Council approved a precinct master plan to create a flexible community space at the Civic Hall site. The masterplan has been completed to ensure future work is realistic and deliverable.
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
Landscaping commenced in April 2017 as part of an early package of works to redevelop the precinct.
The tender for landscaping works to create a public plaza has been awarded to Ballarat construction company S.H.A.E Enterprises Pty Ltd.
Once completed the landscaping will provide inviting open spaces and will represent the first major work in the Civic Hall’s surrounds since the installation of the skate park in 1993.
The works involve:
South side: Improved access to the Civic Hall, and removal of 20-year-old skate park to deliver additional hard surfaces, garden beds and trees
West side: Grassed areas, plants, trees, seating, giant chess board and two-dimensional maze
2 trees will be planted for every tree removed
2 Ginkgo Trees planted to commemorate the opening of the Ballarat Begonia Festival will be replaced with another 2 Ginkgo Trees. The original plaques will be retained
No net loss of car parking compared to original site before early works construction
Other early works have included:
Façade lighting to improve security on the site and highlight the building’s exterioR
Restoration of the building’s southern façade by cleaning and fixing the brickwork, and repairing and painting the render
Realignment of the eastern car park (Armstrong Street North). Included removing the 20-year-old skate park half pipe, resurfacing and line marking, and installation of parking ticket machines. The parking rates are in line with other Council-administered public car park facilities. All day parking is still available.
A tender for design services has been awarded to Baumgart Clark Architects; including local firms TGM engineering and Wendy Jacobs heritage advisory.
Early investigations are underway, including in-ground services location and condition audit and electrical metering and connection arrangements.
The next steps will include a comprehensive internal survey and condition audit (including heritage), the development of concept designs, and identify possible early works.
Landscaping work is expected to be complete by August 2017, weather permitting.
Anticipated completion date for other works will be updated pending the investigation and design phase progresses.