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)


  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter March 6 2020

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    4 months ago

    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.

    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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    27 days ago

    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.

    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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    5 months ago

    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.

    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.
  • NSW Minister for Local Government response to petition

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    27 days ago

    NSW Minister for Local Government’s response following the tabling of petition:

    NSW Minister for Local Government’s response following the tabling of petition:

  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter January 21 2020

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    6 months ago

    Welcome to the New Year! We hope you all had a safe and merry festive season. Our thoughts are very much with those in our community who were affected by the recent bushfires and those in the areas still under threat or recovering from this alarming fire season.

    The Cultural and Civic Space project team are very much looking forward to 2020 and continuing to share relevant and timely information with you about this community project.


    Welcome to the New Year! We hope you all had a safe and merry festive season. Our thoughts are very much with those in our community who were affected by the recent bushfires and those in the areas still under threat or recovering from this alarming fire season.

    The Cultural and Civic Space project team are very much looking forward to 2020 and continuing to share relevant and timely information with you about this community project.


  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter November 4th 2019

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    6 months ago

    Council offices and chambers and an endorsement from Archibald Prize winning artist

    This week’s project update includes a link to Mayor Denise Knight discussing the council office inclusion in the Cultural and Civic Space on Triple M radio in June 2018, as well the most frequently asked questions from Facebook and an endorsement from one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.


    Council offices and chambers and an endorsement from Archibald Prize winning artist

    This week’s project update includes a link to Mayor Denise Knight discussing the council office inclusion in the Cultural and Civic Space on Triple M radio in June 2018, as well the most frequently asked questions from Facebook and an endorsement from one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.


  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter October 28th 2019

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    6 months ago

    TOP FAQs from Facebook and NSW Minister for Local Government response to petition

    This week’s project update includes the last call for submissions on the development application on the NSW Government’s website, the most frequently asked questions from Facebook and the response from the Minister for Local Government on the tabled petition.


    TOP FAQs from Facebook and NSW Minister for Local Government response to petition

    This week’s project update includes the last call for submissions on the development application on the NSW Government’s website, the most frequently asked questions from Facebook and the response from the Minister for Local Government on the tabled petition.


  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter October 21st 2019

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    6 months ago

    Cultural and Civic Space Update

    Thank you to all of those people within the Coffs Harbour community who have used the new Heart of Coffs website and Facebook page to learn more about the Cultural and Civic Space and participate in constructive discussion.


    Cultural and Civic Space Update

    Thank you to all of those people within the Coffs Harbour community who have used the new Heart of Coffs website and Facebook page to learn more about the Cultural and Civic Space and participate in constructive discussion.


  • Cultural and Civic Space e-newsletter October 16th 2019

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    6 months ago

    Welcome to the first edition of the Coffs Harbour Cultural and Civic Space project e-newsletter.

    This newsletter is designed to provide updates and information to the Coffs community on the Cultural and Civic Space. Each edition will also feature some common FAQs as well as a project update.


    Welcome to the first edition of the Coffs Harbour Cultural and Civic Space project e-newsletter.

    This newsletter is designed to provide updates and information to the Coffs community on the Cultural and Civic Space. Each edition will also feature some common FAQs as well as a project update.


  • Cultural & Civic Space Project – Adjournment of Council Meeting 25th July

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    12 months ago

    At 6.29 pm during the conduct of Council’s meeting on the 25th July, four of the eight Councillors present left the Council Chambers effectively leaving Council without a quorum. In accordance with clause 5.11 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the Mayor announced the lack of a quorum and adjourned the meeting for thirty minutes.

    At 6.59pm the Mayor reconvened the meeting and at that stage four Councillors were present in the Council Chambers. The Mayor in announcing the reconvening of the meeting then made an announcement to ascertain whether any other Councillors were in the vicinity of the Council...

    At 6.29 pm during the conduct of Council’s meeting on the 25th July, four of the eight Councillors present left the Council Chambers effectively leaving Council without a quorum. In accordance with clause 5.11 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the Mayor announced the lack of a quorum and adjourned the meeting for thirty minutes.

    At 6.59pm the Mayor reconvened the meeting and at that stage four Councillors were present in the Council Chambers. The Mayor in announcing the reconvening of the meeting then made an announcement to ascertain whether any other Councillors were in the vicinity of the Council Chambers and wished to re-join the meeting. No other Councillors responded.

    Given the continued lack of quorum for the meeting, the Mayor gave due regard to clause 5.12 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice which states:

    5.12 In either case, the meeting must be adjourned to a time, date and place fixed:

    (a) by the chairperson, or

    (b) in the chairperson’s absence, by the majority of the councillors present, or

    (c) failing that, by the general manager.

    Obviously, clause 5.12(a) of the Code of Meeting Practice provides for the Mayor to adjourn the meeting to a time, date and place of the Mayor’s choosing. The meeting was formally adjourned to 11.00am on the 26th July. At 11.00am only four Councillors were present in the Chambers, the meeting was adjourned for 30 minutes. This meant there was a continued lack of a quorum.

    In this regard, Council’s Ordinary Meeting which commenced at 5.00pm 25 July 2019 has now been formally adjourned to 5.00pm on the 8th August 2019 in the Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers at the corner of Coffs and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour.

    At 6.29 pm during the conduct of Council’s meeting last night, four of the eight Councillors present left the Council Chambers effectively leaving Council without a quorum. In accordance with clause 5.11 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the Mayor announced the lack of a quorum and adjourned the meeting for thirty minutes.

    At 6.59pm the Mayor reconvened the meeting and at that stage four Councillors were present in the Council Chambers. The Mayor in announcing the reconvening of the meeting then made an announcement to ascertain whether any other Councillors were in the vicinity of the Council Chambers and wished to re-join the meeting. No other Councillors responded.

    Given the continued lack of quorum for the meeting, the Mayor gave due regard to clause 5.12 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice which states:

    5.12 In either case, the meeting must be adjourned to a time, date and place fixed:

    (a) by the chairperson, or

    (b) in the chairperson’s absence, by the majority of the councillors present, or

    (c) failing that, by the general manager.

    Obviously, clause 5.12(a) of the Code of Meeting Practice provides for the Mayor to adjourn the meeting to a time, date and place of the Mayor’s choosing. The meeting was formally adjourned to 11.00am today. At 11.00am 26 July 2019, only four Councillors were present in the Chambers, the meeting was adjourned for 30 minutes. This meant there was a continued lack of a quorum.

    In this regard, Council’s Ordinary Meeting which commenced at 5.00pm 25 July 2019 has now been formally adjourned to 5.00pm on the 8th August 2019 in the Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers at the corner of Coffs and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour.