Contractors call for regional hub

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest for contractors to help deliver a new project in the heart of Ballarat, Victoria.

The Ballarat GovHub is a new government office to be located at the redeveloped Civic Hall site.

The government will deliver $47.8 million to the project, which will revitalise the Civic Hall site, provide space for 1,000 government employees and contribute to Ballarat’s economic growth by relocating 600 government jobs from Melbourne.

The GovHub project is part of the most significant infrastructure investment and construction program in Ballarat’s history, with more than $500 million worth of projects underway in the city.

Under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, the GovHub project is required to use local firms, local materials, local expertise and local skills, and where possible deliver flow on benefits to the Ballarat economy.

The GovHub design includes an active ground floor space, incorporating the bricks and masonry theme of the Civic Hall precinct, a reconstructed lower hall space for multi-purpose use, a glass conservatory linking the Civic Hall to the GovHub, five storeys of office space and basement car parking.

Victorian Regional Development Minister, Jaala Pulford, said, “This project will be transformational and breathe new life into Ballarat’s CBD.”

Following this, a shortlist of suitable contactors will be identified and invited to tender. Construction will commence on the site by the end of 2018. 

Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight, said, “There are shovels in the ground right across Ballarat as part of our record investment to build new infrastructure, improve services and create local jobs.”

The EOI process for the Ballarat GovHub, managed by Development Victoria closes on Monday 21 May 2018.

For more information, visit Interested parties can download the EOI documentation at www.tenders.vic.gov.au.

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