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National interest in Civic Hall
A national search for an architect and design team for the redevelopment
of the Civic Hall site is nearing completion.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) were called for in December 2010, with over
120 companies responding including submissions from companies all
across Australia and overseas.
Council is currently in the process of shortlisting the submissions, which
are being evaluated against the selection criteria. The shortlisted teams will
then be invited to participate in the next stage of the process -- a design
competition. The design competition will see each of the shortlisted design
teams develop and submit a fully-costed proposal, including submitting
an architectural concept to support its bid. The concept(s) are to include
the Council building(s), public plaza and car park.
The scope of the EOI and calibre of responses reflects Council's expectations
for the development.
Mayor Craig Fletcher explained that Council has set its sights high and is
determined to secure the services of the most qualified and appropriate
design team to provide inspired designs and maximise the full potential
and vision of the project.
"Council has launched this national search to find the very best architectural
team to help us design an exciting and engaging development on the Civic
Hall site which will, importantly, meet community expectations."
The EOI was advertised nationally and locally via newspapers and was
also available on the national TenderLink website.
Australian Centre for Democracy
at Eureka project update
The next stage of construction of the Australian Centre for Democracy at
Eureka is underway, with 11,000 cubic metres of soil removed from the
top of the existing building in January.
The removal of the soil from the south eastern aspect of the building will
allow the new building to have an orientation toward Lake Penhalluriack
and the Eureka gardens. This outward orientation is a major design feature
of the new Centre, encouraging greater interaction with the surrounding
The redeveloped Centre will feature an amphitheatre style open space
designed for community events and performances, contemplation spaces,
enhanced landscaping as well as broadening the purpose of the Centre from
a Eureka Stockade centric museum into a state of the art, technologically
advanced, education and community space that celebrates and explores
Council is working with some of Australia's best regarded museum and
education specialists to ensure a visitor experience that is authentic,
unique, memorable and evolving, inviting people back for repeat visitation.
The vision for the Centre is to become part of the nation's psyche, a rite
of passage for anyone interested in our historic or political identity.
The contract for construction of the main building will go to tender in March
this year, with the building expected to be finished by June 2012.
The $11.1 million redevelopment is jointly funded between Council and
the state and federal governments.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine February 2011
Below: Construction gets underway at the Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka
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