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Ballarat GovHub

Development Victoria is leading the development of a new government office precinct on the Civic Hall site in Ballarat’s CBD, in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the City of Ballarat.

The 'Ballarat GovHub' will be home to up to 1000 Victorian Government employees, including up to 600 public sector positions relocated from Melbourne, helping to revitalise a major part of the Ballarat CBD, generate long-term jobs growth, increase business confidence and further private sector investment.

Population forecasts for the region project an additional 15,900 jobs need to be created over the next 15 years, and the Ballarat GovHub will contribute towards ensuring these needs are met.

The project received $47.8 million in the 2017-18 State Budget.

Construction of the GovHub commences in January 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2020. Construction activities will be carefully planned to minimise noise and other disruptions. 

Local residents, business owners and stakeholders will be kept up to date about construction activities. What to expect during the early phases of construction including the closure of the northbound lane of Armstrong Street North is outlined here

The GovHub design was led by award-winning design firm, John Wardle Architects focussing on integrating the new building within the setting of the iconic Civic Hall site delivering modern offices for government employees – creating contemporary work spaces, and allowing for greater flexibility and use of technology.

Located at 300-304 Mair Street, the GovHub will be a short walking distance from the Ballarat Railway Station, and offer close connections to Armstrong Street which has many retail outlets, cafés and restaurants.

The concept designs were unveiled to the community and local business at a community engagement session in December. At the session, the architects and design team were on hand to provide further information. For further information on the project, click here.

Supporting Documents

Ballarat GovHub update, October 2018
Ballarat GovHub update, December 2018
Ballarat GovHub update, Autumn 2019

Find out more information  about Regional Development Victoria here.

Timeline

  • October 2017 – Architects appointed 
  • October/November 2017 – Concept designs developed
  • December 2017 – Community Design launch and opportunity to provide feedback on concept designs
  • Late December 2017 – Planning application to be submitted
  • October 2018 – Announcement of D&C contractor
  • January 2019 – Construction commenced 
  • December 2020 – Construction complete
  • January 2021 – Anticipate move in date