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.
Archaeological Investigation taking place at future Maitland Administration Centre site
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.
The Council is borrowing to fund the project and the loan repayments have already been factored into Council’s current long term financial plan. Rates will continue to increase in line with Council's approved special rate variation for the next two years, and then only in line with the annual increase determined by IPART.
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 will involve 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.