Fourth generation Ballarat builder to construct GovHub

The Wendouree-based Nicholson Construction will team up with Kane Constructions for the two-year build which will see the tearing down of the lower hall and the building of a new multi-storey office block, with 200 car spaces at its base.

Construction will start in January next year and is expected to be completed by December 2020 with the first staff to move into the hub the following January.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said it was a major transformation in the city hall site which had not been filling its potential.

“We will have a total of 1000 public servants and the total cost of the project will be in the vicinity of $100 million, projects in this community do not get any bigger than this,” she said.

“Nicholson Construction has very deep roots in this community and indeed have a beautiful multi-generational family history with this site and this type of work.

“Kane Construction is an award winning company and this will be a wonderful partnership. We’ve had a long and detailed procurement process who the successful companies are.”

Ms Pulford said as well as construction jobs, a further nine apprenticeships will be offered. She said during peak construction phase, 250 people would be on site and another 250 involved in the supply chain.

Nicholson Construction, director Richard Nicholson said it was a major project in Ballarat that his company was thrilled to be a part of.