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 is implementing 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 public plaza
Constructing soft and hard landscape to the west side
Altering existing car parking access
Plans for the restoration of the interior of the Civic Hall are now available for public viewing:
In early 2017 the tender for design of the Civic Hall’s interior was awarded to a design team lead by Baumgart Clark Architects.
The design team has since created a concept plan to repurpose the main hall and associated areas and develop a flexible community space. Following the acceptance of this concept as a long-term direction, a detailed design has subsequently been produced aimed at restoring the existing hall within the available budget constraints. This work will enable the Civic Hall to be re-opened to the public for similar uses to those before it was closed.
In late 2017 the job of restoring the Civic Hall was awarded via a public tender process to local builder SJ Weir (Ballarat) Pty Ltd. The first stage of restoration focuses on the main hall and directly-related spaces, including the foyer, seating, amenities, stage, fly tower, and the space beneath the stage.
The works include the installation of modern fire protection, lifts, heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical, as well as cleaning up and restoring the fabric of the building.