The Cultural & Civic Space - for the Heart of Coffs

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The Cultural and Civic Space will be a central hub for residents and visitors in Coffs Harbour. The development will house larger and improved cultural facilities including the library, gallery and museum.
This welcoming and multipurpose space will also include Council offices and chambers, as well as co-working and event spaces for community hire and use.
The Cultural and Civic Space will become the Heart of Coffs Harbour as our city centre continues to develop and improve, to meet the demands of our increasing population of residents and visitors.

PROJECT TIMELINE

In 2016 Council unanimously endorsed the Gordon Street site as the preferred location for the new library and gallery and resolved to undertake a detailed precinct analysis, consider the inclusion of the regional museum and to investigate mixed and civic uses for this site in order maximise the location.

In 2017 Council endorsed Creative Coffs – Cultural Strategic Plan and the Precinct Analysis to progress through to the concept design phase. At this stage, the Council offices were included in the scope.

Between December 2017 and March 2018, a comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement consultation and information campaign asked stakeholders for feedback on three separate concept designs.

At the June 2018 Council Meeting the report detailing the Concept Business Case and outcome of the community engagement on the three concept designs - to identify key features that people wanted incorporated in the new building - was endorsed to progress to the next stage; a single schematic design. At this point, the Regional Museum was also included in the project.

In early 2019, broad community engagement was undertaken on the preliminary schematic design created by BVN Architecture.

The outcomes of the consultation were incorporated into the final schematic design report which was presented to Council in July 2019.

The 25 July Council Meeting was adjourned until 8 August 2019.

At the 8 August Council Meeting the Councillors resolved to proceed with the Cultural and Civic Space Project by: 1. Allocating full project funding of $76.52 million, 2. Lodging a development application, 3. Disposing of the nominated properties 4. Procuring the build through a two stage design and construct contract.

At the 13 February Council Meeting, the Councillors approved the tenders for Project Manager, Head Design Consultant and Cost Manager. The demolition DA for 23-31 Gordon Street was also approved.

As a result of this decision, and the appointment of these key contracts, the detailed design phase of the Cultural and Civic Space project officially began.

Coming soon: 50% Design Development Report and result of the State Significant Development Application (SSDA)


The Cultural and Civic Space will be a central hub for residents and visitors in Coffs Harbour. The development will house larger and improved cultural facilities including the library, gallery and museum.
This welcoming and multipurpose space will also include Council offices and chambers, as well as co-working and event spaces for community hire and use.
The Cultural and Civic Space will become the Heart of Coffs Harbour as our city centre continues to develop and improve, to meet the demands of our increasing population of residents and visitors.

PROJECT TIMELINE

In 2016 Council unanimously endorsed the Gordon Street site as the preferred location for the new library and gallery and resolved to undertake a detailed precinct analysis, consider the inclusion of the regional museum and to investigate mixed and civic uses for this site in order maximise the location.

In 2017 Council endorsed Creative Coffs – Cultural Strategic Plan and the Precinct Analysis to progress through to the concept design phase. At this stage, the Council offices were included in the scope.

Between December 2017 and March 2018, a comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement consultation and information campaign asked stakeholders for feedback on three separate concept designs.

At the June 2018 Council Meeting the report detailing the Concept Business Case and outcome of the community engagement on the three concept designs - to identify key features that people wanted incorporated in the new building - was endorsed to progress to the next stage; a single schematic design. At this point, the Regional Museum was also included in the project.

In early 2019, broad community engagement was undertaken on the preliminary schematic design created by BVN Architecture.

The outcomes of the consultation were incorporated into the final schematic design report which was presented to Council in July 2019.

The 25 July Council Meeting was adjourned until 8 August 2019.

At the 8 August Council Meeting the Councillors resolved to proceed with the Cultural and Civic Space Project by: 1. Allocating full project funding of $76.52 million, 2. Lodging a development application, 3. Disposing of the nominated properties 4. Procuring the build through a two stage design and construct contract.

At the 13 February Council Meeting, the Councillors approved the tenders for Project Manager, Head Design Consultant and Cost Manager. The demolition DA for 23-31 Gordon Street was also approved.

As a result of this decision, and the appointment of these key contracts, the detailed design phase of the Cultural and Civic Space project officially began.

Coming soon: 50% Design Development Report and result of the State Significant Development Application (SSDA)


  • Project e-newsletter May 2020

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    09 June, 2020
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    Detailed Design

    For the last month, the Cultural and Civic Space project's architect, BVN, and their design team, have been deep in the detailed design phase working towards a 50% design brief.

    This process involves a number of internal working groups with representatives and expertise across the council administration and cultural footprint including customer service, administration, library, museum, gallery, IT and maintenance.

    Consulting with the people who will work in the new building is a vital part of the process, enabling the design team to iron out inconsistencies and re-visit concepts and spaces from schematic design.

    50% design is an important stage in a project of this size, a mid-point in the design process which provides a solid base for the project to develop on. It’s also a key milestone for keeping project costs on track and in budget.

    To read more: http://createsend.com/t/r-026C49E9284CFA672540EF23F30FEDED

  • Detailed Design

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    09 June, 2020
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    For the last month, BVN’s design team have been deep in the detailed design phase, working towards a 50% design brief. This process involves a number of internal working groups with representatives and expertise across the council administration and cultural footprint including customer service, administration, library, museum, gallery, IT and maintenance.

    Consulting with the people who will work in the new building is a vital part of the process, enabling the design team to iron out inconsistencies and re-visit concepts and spaces from schematic design.

    50% design is an important stage in a project of this size, a mid-point in the design process which provides a solid base for the project to develop on. It’s also a key milestone for keeping project costs on track and in budget.
  • Project e-newsletter April 2020

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    09 June, 2020
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    How we are working

    The Cultural and Civic Space Project team, along with Coffs Harbour City Council and indeed much of the world, has adapted to the changes enforced by the dangers of a global pandemic, switching to social distancing and remote work to keep the ball rolling on what is now an even more important project for Coffs Harbour, particularly in terms of economic renewal.

    To read more: http://createsend.com/t/r-5220929DA8C3ACA72540EF23F30FEDED

  • Fig Tree Arborist Report

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    09 June, 2020
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    In January 2019 an assessment of The Hill's Weeping Fig on Riding Lane took place.

    As the Cultural and Civic Space project progresses past the schematic design, and embraces the detailed design of the development – we wanted to revisit and reiterate the protection of the large and established fig tree on Riding Lane.

    The schematic design developed by BVN Architecture includes the tree as a key design element for the building, and the Project Team will be working closely with a number of development stakeholders to ensure the sound treatment of the tree and its roots throughout the site clearing and development stages.

    The tree has been examined by an arborist, is in good health, estimated to be between 70-140 years old, with a predicted lifespan for these kinds of trees exceeding 1000 years.

    The arborist believes that managed well, the proposed development has the potential to result in an improvement in the tree’s health and longevity. You can see the complete report on the downloads page.

    As more information about the site clearing proves becomes available, we will share this with you across all project communication channels.


  • Sale of Coffs Harbour City Council Buildings

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    09 June, 2020
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    The process for approving the sale of the buildings began on the 14 June 2018, when Council approved the Business Case for the Cultural and Civic Space – a key part of which was to sell the buildings as part of the funding model for the project.

    In July 2019 Council authorised the sale of four Council properties as part of the motion to progress the Cultural and Civic Space Project.

    The buildings will not be needed once the Cultural and Civic Space is built and the proceeds from the sale of the buildings form an important component of the funding strategy of the new building.
    Over the next week, you will see the For Sale signs appearing in front of the four council-owned buildings earmarked for sale:

    • Rigby House located at 27-29 Duke Street
    • Coffs Harbour City Council Administration Building located at 2 Castle Street
    • The building housing the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum located at 251A Harbour Drive
    • Office buildings at 169-171 Rose Avenue

    UPDATE: At the 14 May meeting, Council requested that a temporary pause be placed on the sale of Rigby House and the Council Administration building, and that a report detailing alternative funding options for the project be brought back to Council. This report is anticipated to be presented in July 2020

  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter March 17 2020

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    17 March, 2020
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    Appointment of ECI Builder:

    At the Thursday March 12 Council meeting, the tender recommendation to appoint an Early Contract Involvement (ECI) builder for the Cultural and Civic Space project was put forward to Council. The decision was made to approve the ECI builder tender and engage Lipman Pty Ltd for this phase of the project.

    The involvement of an ECI builder is a method of construction contracting which allows the builder to become substantially involved in the design of a project.

    Want to know more about what an Early Involvement Contract is and how it works to benefit the Cultural and Civic Space? Read on here.


  • Early Contract Involvement or ECI Builder

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    09 June, 2020
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    At last week’s Council meeting the motion to appoint an Early Contract Involvement builder (also known as an ECI builder) was passed.


    The involvement of an ECI builder is a method of construction contracting which allows a builder to become substantially involved in the design of a project.


    The benefits of bringing a builder on at this early stage means:


    • Construction smarts are designed into the building

    • The design can be built for a lower cost


    This contract is staged. This means that the builder who is awarded the ECI contract may not necessarily be the one who is awarded the major construction contract later in the year. For the ECI contractor to be appointed as the builder they would need to satisfy Council from a range of perspectives including acceptability of their construction offer and price.



  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter March 6 2020

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    17 March, 2020
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    The Cultural and Civic Space project team has been busy working on five new project videos focusing on the benefits of the project. The video topics include the flexible design of spaces, accessibility of the development, upgrading of cultural spaces, meeting the needs of Coffs Harbour as a growing city, and the benefits of including council offices and chambers in the building.

  • Cultural and Civic Space project tenders

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    09 June, 2020
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    At the Thursday 13th February 2020 Coffs Harbour City Council meeting, the tenders for the appointment of Project Managers Turner and Townsend, Cost Management Consultant Altus Group, Head Design Consultant BVN Architecture were approved.

    What does this mean?

    The positions of Head Design Consultant and the design team, external Project Manager and Cost Manager are an essential part of the detailed design process which develops the precise detail of the building structure, design, layout and fit out.The approval of the demolition Development Application for 23-31 Gordon Street allows the existing buildings to be removed, preparing the site for construction.

    The Project Manager’s role is to manage the key project consultants (including the architect and their design team, the cost manager and the builder). The PM aims to deliver the project within Council’s approved budget and time frames.

    The Head Design Consultant’s role has two main parts:

    As the project’s architect, create and implement architectural and interior design for the new building, keeping to Council approved budget and time-frames; and

    Manage their design team (including engineers, sustainability consultant, landscape architect and others) and incorporate the builder’s input in their role as design consultant.

    The Cost Manager’s role is to continuously monitor and manage the project’s finances and provide feedback to Council so that decisions can be made regarding project costs.The Cultural and Civic Space project team are excited to have this team on board, and are looking forward to working with them to deliver the building.

  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter February 17 2020

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    18 February, 2020
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    PROJECT UPDATE:

    At the 13 February 2020 Council Meeting four motions passed to progress the Coffs Harbour Cultural and Civic Space project.

    The appointment of the Project Manager, Cost Manager and the Head Design Consultant will see the project progress in the detailed design phase. The approval of the demolition Development Application for 23-31 Gordon Street means the existing buildings will be removed to prepare the site for construction.