Development application lodged for new Maitland Administration Centre
Council has lodged a Development Application for a new fit for purpose Maitland Administration Centre to be built adjacent to Town Hall on High Street in Central Maitland.
Maitland is one of the fastest growing cities in the state and as such, Maitland City Council has outgrown its main Administration Centre. Staff are currently spread across a range of sites in Maitland which are now reaching, or at, capacity.
Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker says, ‘Maitland continues to grow which means so does the number of Council employees. This Administration Centre is an investment in Maitland as well as staff and I am really excited to see the project come to fruition’.
The building will be constructed on the western side of the Maitland Town Hall and run through to Devonshire Street in the east. The project also includes a range of works outside of the new Centre itself. These include upgrades to, and integration with, Town Hall, the integration of the Town Hall Café into the development, road widening and footpath improvements in the immediate precinct and utility/service upgrades.
‘The Centre will link to Town Hall across the ground and first floors, providing better accessibility to the Council Chamber and connectivity to upgraded facilities in Town Hall for the community’, added Cr Baker.
The new administration building is estimated to be delivered at a cost of $28m, with associated ground works, upgrades to Town Hall and public domain improvements bringing the total project cost to an estimated $43m, to be funded via loan borrowings. Completion is expected by the end of 2021.
Council’s General Manager David Evans says, ‘Council has been working toward the development of the Centre for several years, with Site Planning and Design Principles being endorsed by Council in October 2018. We are excited about the project and the plans that have been put forward in the DA’.
The existing Council Administration Building will not be retained as Council offices. Council will prepare a strategy for the building which will take into consideration a range of potential re-use options.
To find out more about the project and to view updates throughout the construction process click here.