The Participatory Community Design Process was an opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to co-design Civic Hall Site. Principally, the Participatory Community Design Process will rebuild trust, legitimacy and encourage vital partnerships to be developed.
The Core Team met weekly to plan and implement collaborative events, forums as well as undertake design, synthesis and testing in the Open Door Studio. The majority of the day-to-day work in the Process was undertaken by the Core Team through a variety of roles and disciplines. The Core Team was supported by a Project Resource Group of Council Officers from various departments and other consultants. The Core Team meets face-to-face with the community regularly.
The Partnership Group met fortnightly. The purpose of this Partnership Group was to provide skills and expertise, guidance and support to the Core Team. The Partnership Group acted as a reference group - open and agile and to develop throughout the Process. The membership comprised of three Councillors, Committee for Ballarat and Save Civic Hall.
The Save the Civic Hall community group is a sub committee of the Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association and is available to assist you lodging an objection should you wish to. For further details visit their website.
In Concept K, the Ballarat library is a long ribbon starting at Mair and Armstrong Streets, that connects community uses indoors and outdoors – through multipurpose adaptive reuse of the Civic Hall, a mix of shops, cafés and apartments, and a high quality office building
In Concept L, the Civic Hall is turned into a purpose-built performing arts centre complemented by an expanded Ballarat Library and a new office building activating Market Street – the hall includes raked seating, flytowers, large and small event spaces and loading bays.
In Concept M, a diverse commercial mix of shops, cafés, studios and high quality offices connect community uses indoors and outdoors – this starts with a new office building on Armstrong and Market Streets, adaptive reuse of the Civic Hall, roof gardens, and an expanded Ballarat Library.
In Concept N, the Ballarat Library wraps the Armstrong Street half of the site with adaptive reuse of the Civic Hall, and a high quality office building on the Creswick Road corner – the library includes a new entrance that activates both Armstrong and Market Streets.
In Concept O, the Ballarat Library wraps the Armstrong Street half of the site with a series of courtyards, and adaptive reuse of the Civic Hall to complement a high quality office building – the library emphasises community space that starts on the corner of Mair and Armstrong Streets