Queanbeyan Head Office and Smart Hub

  • Project typeCapital Works
  • Project valueTo be confirmed
  • Project scheduleDue for completion late 2022

An essential component of Council’s CBD Transformation Strategy, is the redevelopment of 257 Crawford Street, Council’s old administration building. The former administration building has been unoccupied since 2015, largely due to the significant cost required to replace the heating and cooling system. With 257 Crawford St unoccupied, staff have been housed in 11 buildings in the CBD.

Council agreed at the meeting held on 27 June 2018 meeting to proceed with the redevelopment of Queanbeyan Head Office at 257 Crawford St. The new building will be constructed at 257 Crawford Street and will be designed to adjoin The Q and Bicentennial Hall with an integrated foyer to link the three buildings.

The new office will be a five level 7,000-7,500m2 office to accommodate 200 staff allowing for 10% growth, and will include meeting rooms, a smart hub/co-work space, as well as additional lettable office space for 100 tenancy staff. The smart hub provides space for new business start-ups in an incubator environment, as well as space for agency staff to operate from Queanbeyan rather than the ACT for example, adding more workers into the CBD to activate the cafes and retail strip.

Council will take out a loan for the project, which will be paid for by merger savings, lease income and review of services. Council decided not to consider a special rate variation to service the debt for the head office.

Timeline

2018

  • Internal Demolition - completed October 2018

2019

  • External Demolition - completed in June 2019

2019-2020

  • Concept Designs - Cox Architecture Pty Ltd have been appointed to prepare a concept design
  • Community Consultation
  • Development Approvals

2020-2022

  • Construction

Location

257 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan 2620  View Map

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