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Architects announced for Ballarat GovHub


Award-winning design firm John Wardle Architects have been selected to design the new government office precinct in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD.

The architects, who have strong links to Ballarat, will work in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver the new Ballarat GovHub, next to Civic Hall.

The new precinct will be home to up to 1000 government employees – revitalising a major part of Ballarat’s CBD and boosting the local economy. The Victorian Government has contributed $47.8 million to the $100 million project.

John Wardle Architects’ design lead for the project Luke Jarvis lives in Ballarat, while the landscape design director Kirsten Bauer worked on the Ballarat Structure Plan.

The team from John Wardle will work closely with Baumgart Clark Architects Pty Ltd, who have been engaged by Ballarat City Council to lead the refurbishment of Civic Hall.

The government is committed to integrating the new building within the iconic Civic Hall precinct while delivering modern offices for government employees – creating contemporary work spaces, and allowing for greater flexibility and use of technology.

The Minister for Planning will be asked to facilitate planning approval for the new building.

The community and local businesses will have an opportunity to view concept design, provide information about the construction of the facility, speak with the architects and design team, at an event, to be held at the Ballarat Mining Exchange on Saturday 2 December from 10am to 2pm. The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the design at the event, and through online engagement.

For more information visit or contact Mandi Davidson from Development Victoria on 83173400.

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