Queanbeyan CBD transformation underway with new Council head office

Published on 28 June 2018

Aerial image of Queanbeyan CBD

A vital component of the transformation of Queanbeyan’s CBD was decided last night, with Council choosing the location of Council’s new Queanbeyan head office and proposed new smart hub.

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.

“For a number of years, Council staff have been inefficiently housed in 11 different buildings across the CBD. It is important for the health and efficiency of the organisation that we get staff into a purpose-built office space,” Mayor Tim Overall said.

“Building the new office will also help to drive activity in the CBD, as the buildings that currently house staff can be considered for sale and potentially redeveloped into a mix of residential and commercial spaces.”

The new office will be a five level 7,000-7,500m2 office to accommodate 200 staff while 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.

The old head office at 257 Crawford Street is no longer fit-for-purpose and will be demolished to make way for the new building. Work on the demolition is expected to be complete by December 2018. Designs, development applications and tenders for construction will be undertaken over the next 12 months, with construction expected to be completed in 2020.

Council will also seek expressions of interest for constructing and operating a multilevel smart carpark on the existing Morisset carpark, to centralise parking in the CBD for use by retail patrons and staff. A Carparking Strategy outlining proposed changes to offstreet carparks in the CBD will be released shortly.

The community will be engaged to provide feedback on the head office and smart hub designs and carparking strategy.