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New City of Ballarat Offices
The 300 Mair St project will deliver up to 27,000m
of the 60,000m
office space that is required to meet demand over the next 15 years. It will
also grow and stimulate further investment and employment in Ballarat.
The project features a 6,500m
Council administrative facility at a cost of
$27 million on one quarter of the site.
Construction of the new Council building is considered an essential first stage
to achieving a positive outcome for the site. It will ‘kick start’ third party
interest in further redevelopment of 300 Mair St, which will have a strong
and ongoing positive impact for the city.
The council building will set a standard for the site that is consistent with
Council’s long term vision for the precinct.
Council’s current office accommodation is inadequate in size; it is spread
across multiple sites and physically will not meet Council’s needs as the
city continues to grow.
Relocation to a single, purpose built facility will bring significant financial
savings over the life of the building, factoring significant energy savings and
the costs associated with maintaining multiple buildings.
To service an additional 30,000 new residents to Ballarat, Council office staff
will need to increase by 30% over the next 20 to 30 years. Council currently
of office space across three sites and will require 6,650m
or 42% more by 2030.
The 300 Mair St project building has been designed to accommodate Council’s
future needs. Council’s current office space is too small and is costing rate
payers more than it should across three sites.
As the new proposed office building is larger than Council requires, the
additional space on the ground floor will initially be offered for lease.
City of Ballarat ran a competitive design competition to inspire the nation’s finest
architects to imagine an innovative redevelopment of 300 Mair Street.
The successful bidder was Lyons, a leading Australian architectural and design
firm specialising in environmental sustainability in major public buildings
and commercial offices.
Among its long list of achievements, Lyons won the 2008 Australian Institute
of Architects National Design Award for its design of the Hume City Council
Offices. Lyons also designed the new BHP Billiton Global Headquarters
in central Melbourne and is completing work on Melbourne’s first ‘carbon
neutral’ commercial office development.
A Local Effort
Lyons has committed to working in partnership with local companies and
sub-consultants, and sourcing materials locally, to deliver the 300 Mair St
Professional alliances will be created with local firms to deliver architectural;
mechanical, electrical, fire and hydraulic engineering services; structural and
civic engineering ser vices; and building surveying and landscape architecture
Building a Sustainable Future
With a 5 star Green Star rating and a 5 Star NABERS performance, the 300
Mair St City of Ballarat office building is an innovative design will set a new
standard for environmental performance in Ballarat and the region.
It will be a functional, environmentally-friendly and energy efficient building
which Council hopes will become a benchmark for future development.
Council’s energy consumption will reduced by up to 30%; delivered through
underfloor ventilation, incorporation of a ‘solar thermal chimney’, innovative
reuse of thermal mass, utilisation of passive lighting and best practice
The Perfect Parking Spot
Car parking is an issue in the Ballarat CBD and the 300 Mair St project will
immediately deliver an $8 million facility with an additional 270 spaces.
The proposed multi level car park will be designed to support additional levels
should demand increase delivering around 1000 spaces on the site.
The car park will be built to take advantage of environmental and financial
benefits that cannot be achieved with an underground facility.
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