Moving around the Ballarat CBD is set to become a little more difficult, with construction on Civic Hall’s GovHub site starting today.
Armstrong Street North will be a one-way street between Mair Street and Market Street for the entirety of the two year construction period. No northbound traffic will be able to traverse the road until completed at the end of 2020, to allow for heavy vehicle entry.
The five-storey building will house 1000 public servants – including 600 jobs which will be redistributed from Melbourne – and cost $100 million to build.
When the revamped Civic Hall car park is reopened as part of GovHub, it will have 220 car spaces, 55 less than were on the site until today.
Works have begun on the new 300-space carpark on the Creswick Road, next to Officeworks, which City of Ballarat has flagged to open in mid-February.
Funding from the new $600,000 car park came from a $2 million state government contribution given to council to help develop 1000 new free spaces within the CBD, to offset the increase in workers being added to the GovHub site.
Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh said in a statement “the long-term pay-off for our city from GovHub will be immense, and this and other CBD construction projects show that confidence in the Ballarat economy is strong”.
Government agencies coming to GovHub are Education and Training, Justice and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Revenue Office, VicRoads and Service Victoria.
Construction will take place between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday, 7am and 3.30pm on Saturday, and no noisy works occurring before 9am on Saturday.