Civic Hall Site

Concept N


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.

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How the 5 Concepts were developed

The Participatory Community Design Process is not a linear process - it is iterative. This page helps to describe how we have arrived at the 5 concepts in Phase Two. 

The 10 concepts from Phase One acted as the starting point - we gathered hundreds of items of written and verbal feedback in the Open Door Studio and at the Ballarat Library on these diverse concepts. The information that we gathered from the community and technical consultants gave us a good understanding of the various components that made up each concept - what was working, what wasn’t working and what required further investigation. 

Three iconic themes emerged from gathering feedback on the 10 concepts, these were green/public open spaceperforming arts/community and innovation/library, importantly, all underpinned by - and underpinning - economic development.

Our driving goals that defined priorities for the project were: 

  • Public Space - civic, shared, diversity, community, aspiration
  • Sustainability - adaptive reuse, feasibility climate, social
  • Access and Activation - revitalising CBD, health, wellbeing
  • Learning and Innovation - leading, prototyping, showcasing

In August, community working groups were launched that provided valuable input into the process. We focused each month of Phase Two according to each of the three iconic themes and ran workshops and seminars to coincide including: Economics, Libraries of the Future, Sound + Light, and Green Public Space. In addition to the face-to-face conversations at the Open Door Studio, we also hosted many workshops with specific user groups throughout Phase Two. 

The Core Team was supported by a number of technical consultants, the Project Resource Group made up of Council Officers across different departments, and the Partnership Group.