Civic Hall Site

Get Involved?

The five new urban design concepts were launched on Saturday 14th November 2015, at a family-friendly outdoor exhibition, on the roof of the library carpark, corner Armstrong & Market Sts. The concept boards will be on display at the Ballarat Library from 23rd November onwards, and return to the Open Door Studio for viewing in December. The Ballarat Council will consider the 5 concepts and Stage 1 Implementation works in a meeting in December.

Let’s get on with it! Next steps?

Through Phase Two of the Participatory Community Design Process, a number of components for the design of the Civic Hall Site have been identified as common agreed elements that need to be enacted first. All of these elements feature in all of the 5 Concepts. These are:

  • the Civic Plaza (hard landscape)
  • a Western Garden (soft landscape)
  • renovation and reactivation of the foyer, dress circle, balcony and Main Hall of the Civic Hall
  • works to maintain the existing number of carparking spaces

Responding to community desires to “get on with it”, these Stage 1 Implementation works could commence following a Council Chamber decision in December 2015 as per the proposed timeline.

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The 5 Concepts vary in the configuration of the North of the site. This includes a particular focus on the location and design of a larger Ballarat Library and Community Hub and an ‘A’ Grade Office Space development. These two components as well as shops and cafés, apartments, carparking and extensive public open spaces - interacting with the Lower Hall and the Fly Tower - will be the focus of the next stage of Concept Design. 

The North of the site Library and Office Space developments, will continue to be designed with methods of participatory community design. As the designs develop more detail and certainty this will include more formal stakeholder consultation and rigorous Cost Planning.

Due to the scale and size of the site, staging of the project is key to its success. Upon the Stage 1 Implementation, we will develop project governance in partnership with the community to allow for the feasibility, financing and buildability of the site. This will be through a mix of private and public investments. Good governance will work to ensure the project is timely and sustainable, that community and Council principles come first, and that the site stays focussed as the community heart of Ballarat.

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The 5 Concepts

Concept K - Read more | Share

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. Click here to download the...

Concept L - Read more | Share

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. Click here to download the full presentation...

Concept M - Read more | Share

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. Click here to...

Concept N - Read more | Share

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. Click here for full...

Concept O - Read more | Share

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. Click...

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Events

Our Events Manager

Mairin Briody
B.A.(Film Theory & History), University of New South Wales

Mairin, of The Art of Events, is a maker, painter, gardener and bicyclist. She has worked across Marketing, Events, Promotions, Theatre, Film, Fine-Art and Advertising. After a career as a Producer/Creative Services Manager for Advertising within Australia and the UK, Mairin switched to Fine Art Galleries – eventually landing in Exhibition and Theatre Set Design. Mairin now combines her skills as the Director of her event design business, where she can focus on designing experiences and creating spaces for human interaction. Mairin's work is about strengthening community; finding opportunity for authentic engagement in public, business and private social events.

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News & Updates

Newsletter edition 8

Each fortnight we send out a digital version of our newsletter straight to your inbox. To get these real-time updates about all that is happening at the Civic Hall Site, please sign up to our mailing list. Read more

Newsletter edition 7

Each week on Wednesday evening, we send out a digital version of our newsletter. To get these real-time updates about all that is happening at the Civic Hall Site, please sign up to our mailing list. Read more

Newsletter edition 6

Each week on Wednesday evening, we send out a digital version of our newsletter. To get these real-time updates about all that is happening at the Civic Hall Site, please sign up to our mailing list. Read more

Stay up to date with Our Email Newsletter

The newsletter is the backbone of the Participatory Community Design Process.  The newsletter is now sent out fortnightly on Tuesdays via email and provides real-time updates on what is happening at the Civic Hall Site. 

Article Contribution

We’d like to extend our invitation to contribute articles to forthcoming issues of the newsletter. These mini-articles (of 200-400 words and/or 1-2 photos) can be on any subject relevant to the redevelopment of the Civic Hall Site. There's an extremely broad range of topics that could be written about, and we value everyone's input and any debate – particularly when it is constructive. At this stage in the process, our editorial team will continue to make finer edits to tone, always aiming to ensure that the writer's voice and intent is honoured. You will be attributed for your work. 

If you wish to contribute, please send us a message with your contact details and proposed topic via our Facebook page, at our newsletter submission page or via email. Our Managing Editor, Ailsa Brackley du Bois, will be in touch to find out more about what you have in mind, and to support your write-up and finalise submission.

Volunteer Opportunity!

Responding to requests from some members of the community, the digital newsletters have also been collated every three weeks into a printed edition that is available at the Open Door Studio and a few other locations in town including the Ballarat Library. If you’re available to help us with distributing these hardcopy newsletters to your favourite spots, please get in touch with us.

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Working Groups

In August, community working groups were launched to provide valuable input into the Participatory Community Design process. Five groups were launched including: Arts & Events, Economics, Open Space, Education & Maker Spaces, and Community Hired Spaces.

As Phase Two of the Participatory Community Design Process draws to a close, we wish to say thank you to everyone who contributed to the various groups over the last couple of months. We hope that in the next few months we may be able to help reprise the working groups in some way or form, and support the many people behind the scenes who continue to contribute to the Civic Hall Site project.

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