A local construction team is handling major demolition and excavation works on the Victorian Government’s $100 million Ballarat GovHub project.
A Kane and Nicholson joint venture has begun to demolish the Lower Hall on the site while Ballarat based McPherson Commercial Plumbing has been contracted to deliver all hydraulic plumbing works for the GovHub.
The project aims to transform the Ballarat CBD and create a new precinct for up to 1000 Victorian Government employees alongside public spaces and a civic plaza to boost the local economy.
More than 30 local and regional suppliers from Ballarat, Wendouree, Bendigo and Geelong have been contracted for crane management, building supplies, hydraulics and electrical, engineering and waste removal.
“On top of the 600 new government jobs relocating to Ballarat, the GovHub is creating hundreds of local construction jobs, as well as using proudly local labour and materials wherever possible,” Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said.
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Construction of the project is expected to involve more than 350,000 work hours and create 500 jobs for the construction team and designers John Wardle Architects. Nine apprentices will also be trained on the job during the project.
Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said it is exciting to see work progressing on the GovHub Project, with hundreds of local contractors working to transform Civic Hall.
“This project is part of the transformation of the city, which is driving growth and employment right in the heart of Ballarat,” Symes said.
The building is expected to be completed in 2020.