Maitland Administration Centre
Council is developing a fit for purpose Maitland Administration Centre, adjacent to Town Hall on High Street.
Maitland is a rapidly growing community and to keep up with this growth, Maitland City Council also continues to grow. As such, Council has outgrown its main Administration Building and staff are spread across a range of sites which are now also reaching, or at, capacity. As a response to this Council is developing a fit for purpose Maitland Administration Centre to meet the needs of our growing city. The Centre will be constructed on the eastern side of the Maitland Town Hall and run through to Devonshire Street in the east.
The Maitland Administration Centre development 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. This includes proposed improvements to change rooms, kitchen facilities and a new stage loading dock, allowing the Town Hall to continue to operate as a true multipurpose regional entertainment venue capable of a wide range of activities.
The new Maitland Administration building is estimated to be delivered at a cost of $30.5m, with associated ground works, upgrades to Town Hall and parking and site landscaping improvements bringing the total project cost to an estimated $45.5m, to be funded via loan borrowings. Completion is expected by the end of 2022.
Car parking including dedicated on-site parking for Council visitors will be located at ground level towards the rear of the site accessed from Devonshire and Grant Streets.
As the project progresses Council will provide ongoing, accurate and timely updates to the community.
New Maitland Administration Centre to begin construction
Friday 16 April 2021
The new Maitland Administration Centre, set to be built on High Street next to the Town Hall, will shortly begin construction following the decision to enter into a $38 million contract with Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd. for construction of the Centre. The project includes the new administration centre, as well as significant upgrades to Town Hall, parking and site improvements.
Completion is expected by the end of 2022. Approximately 360 Council staff will initially occupy the Centre with capacity for future growth, highlighting Council’s role as a major employer for the City and its commitment to the revitalisation of Central Maitland.
The development will contribute to the local economy both directly, and indirectly through the flow on effects on supply chain and consumption. Economic modelling indicates that an estimated $101.4m will be generated from the demand for local goods and services, in addition to creating 51 jobs during construction and a further 148 jobs as funds cycle through the local economy.
Following an extensive archaeological investigation at the site over recent months, items of heritage interpretation will be installed throughout the Centre as part of construction to outline the history of specific areas, while salvaged artefacts will also be displayed in the new public lobby.
Hansen Yuncken are a well known construction company who have undertaken recent local, significant works including the new University of Newcastle NUspace on Hunter Street, Newcastle, and the Honeysuckle City Campus Stage 1A currently under construction.
Heritage interpretation of archaeological remains planned for Maitland Adminstration Centre
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Council has supported a report that will establish a range of heritage interpretation items that acknowledge the history of the site of the future Maitland Administration Centre.
Signage will be used to describe the history of specific areas, salvaged artefacts will be displayed in the new public lobby of the future building, and research and detailed records of the excavation will be used to inform an online digital display.
Archaeologists were initially searching for an 1830s flour mill, however no evidence was found, and the findings were deemed as not having a high level of heritage significance.
While the remains have not been assessed as having a high level of significance, Council is committed to capturing the local significance they hold through a range of display formats that will serve as a constant reminder of Maitland's past.
Archaeological Investigation Findings
Wednesday 7 January 2021
Watch the video below to learn of the archaeological findings at the site of the Maitland Administration Centre.
Archaeological Investigation taking place at future Maitland Administration Centre site
Monday 23 November 2020
The site of the future Maitland Administration Centre, adjacent to Town Hall on High Street, is to be closed to the public as preliminary archaeological investigations commence with works starting from Monday 30 November.
A widespread team of archaeologists will be on the site methodically excavating through the soil with the anticipation of possibly unearthing evidence of significant structures and aretfacts including that of a potential flour mill that operated in the early 19th century.
The site will be closed for the investigation for approximately four (4) weeks however may vary due to the unpredictable nature of the task.
Updates will be provided as the work progresses.
The Maitland Administration Centre will position the organisation to provide contemporary services to the growing community both now and in the future.
Council has outgrown its existing administration building and staff are spread across a range of sites which are now at capacity. Council has also been progressively upgrading the Maitland Town Hall, which is in need of improvements to accessibility, to the Council Chamber, to the Town Hall stage change rooms and loading dock, to the Town Hall kitchen and to parking.
- The new administration building is estimated to cost $30.5 million
- The Town Hall upgrade is estimated to cost $9.7 million
- The new parking and site improvements are estimated to cost $5.3 million
- The total cost estimate for all of these items combined is $45.5 million
Council will borrow to fund the project. The loan repayments have been factored into Council’s long term financial plan.
There will be no additional rate increases as a result of the project. The Council is borrowing to fund the project and the loan repayments have already been factored into Council’s current long term financial plan.
Council is aiming to complete the construction works and to move into the new buildings in late 2022 or early 2023.
The new administration building is in High Street on the eastern side of the Town Hall and opposite the Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Assessment of the Development Application for the project involving a notification and public consultation process was held from 8 May 2019 until 14 June 2019. Public exhibition for this project is closed.
A construction contractor will be selected through a tender process.
The building has been designed to accommodate up to 360 staff which allows for growth in staff numbers over the next 20 plus years. It is approximately twice the size of the current council building.
Yes. Visitor parking will be provided near a building entry point. This will include accessible parking.
All council staff will move from the existing administration building to the new administration building.Council will develop a re-use strategy for the existing administration building taking into consideration a range of re-use options.
No. The Development Application for the project will be determined by the Hunter Joint Regional Planning Panel appointed by the NSW State Government.
Images of the proposed building design can be seen on this page.