Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project
In January 2015, the Victorian Government pledged up to $25 million towards the delivery of the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project, in partnership with the private sector.
On 29 November 2016, the Government announced the selection of the Pellicano Group as the successful consortium to deliver the project. The consortia members include:
- Pellicano Group (Developer and Owner)
- DBI Design (Project Architect)
- Quest (Anchor tenant and Hotel Operator)
- Spotless Group (Anchor tenant and Operator of the Goods Shed Convention Centre)
The project will deliver a vibrant commercial, transport and community precinct that will restore the prominence of the Goods Shed and transform the heart of the city. A new hotel and conference centre will create jobs (140 jobs during construction and 30 ongoing jobs after construction is complete), attract more visitors to region and stimulate the local community’s economic growth and development.
The project will inject more than $40 million into the regional economy and leverage significant private sector investment. This will act as a catalyst for future investment, employment and new business opportunities in the retail, accommodation and hospitality sectors.
Final Concept Plans
The second round of consultation with the community and stakeholders on the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project was held between 29 November 2016 and 22 January 2017.
During this time, a community Open Day was held in Ballarat on 3 December 2016. Concept design plans were also made available online and at RDV Ballarat offices for the duration of the consultation period.
We received a lot of highly valuable feedback and local knowledge, which is being considered as the project's Development Plan gets finalised.
Over the coming weeks, the key issues raised during the consultation phase will be made available.
The Pellicano Group will deliver an integrated mixed use community, commercial and transport precinct including:
- a 4.5 star Quest hotel with 77 rooms
- a modern and flexible conference centre with adjoining retail and dining options
- a new two-level commuter car park with 270 car spaces (with the ability to provision for additional car spaces in the future)
- internal road access and pedestrian improvements
- public plaza for community events
Project Construction Works - Stage 1 and Stage 2
To minimise disruptions to the commuters, the project will be delivered in two stages.
Stage 1 involves the construction of a new two-level commuter car park and a portion of the access road. These works are expected to begin in July/August 2017 and are expected to be completed in late 2017.
Stage 2 involves the remediation and refurbishment of the Goods Shed, construction of the hotel and delivery of the public plaza and remaining transport improvements (access road and pedestrian linkages). These works are expected to begin in early 2018.
Both stages are subject to the approval of the Development Plan by the Minister for Planning and the approval of the Heritage Permit Application by Heritage Victoria.
Upcoming project milestones:
- Lodgement of Development Plan with the Minister for Planning – Early 2017
- Planning and Heritage Victoria approval – mid 2017
- Stage 1 works begin – July/August 2017
- Stage 1 works completed – December 2017
- Stage 2 works begin – early 2018
In August 2016, the Minister for Planning approved the Amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme, making him the Responsible Authority for approvals of the Development Plan. This approval was gazetted on 8 September 2016. As a result, the Project site has been rezoned to a Special Use Zone (SUZ) and the developer will be responsible for obtaining planning approvals under the revised planning controls, which will include exemptions from third party notice and appeal rights and no statutory referrals to government agencies.
The Minister for Planning’s decision was in response to the request from the City of Ballarat in October 2015 and followed an Advisory Committee process that took place between December 2015 and May 2016. The community and stakeholders were given the opportunity to participate in the process and provide feedback on the proposed planning approaches.
Traffic Engineering Assessment Report for the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment at Lydiard Street North (PDF 5.8 MB)
The Victorian Government recognises the cultural and historical significance of Ballarat Station and the Goods Shed. The project will respect and preserve the historical significance of the precinct, while capitalising on the underutilised economic potential of the site.
The precinct is subject to the Victorian Heritage Act 1995, meaning any development works on the site require approval from Heritage Victoria. The Developer will submit its Heritage Permit application to Heritage Victoria and the community will have another opportunity to make comments during Heritage Victoria’s two-week public exhibition period.
A significant portion of the Government’s $25 million investment will go towards the remediation and conservation of the heritage fabric of the Goods Shed. The project will deliver a deliver a public forecourt and open space between the Goods Shed and North Station building, to maintain visual connectivity between the two buildings.
Key elements of the interior will be retained, such as a large open volume with the internal structure (timber roof trusses, posts and beams) and side walls exposed.
View the Community information boards