24 July 2020
Construction is set to start next month on Maroochydore CBD's landmark Sunshine Coast City Hall.
Located in the new Maroochydore City Centre, Sunshine Coast Council are due to develop a leading edge, visionary commercial tower as their new central administration facility.
This new building will consist of 9,400m2 of commercial, retail and civic spaces principally developed to house 600 administration staff along with new council chambers.
The presence in the new city centre will play a significant role in the development of a broader civic experience across the development and in particular with the adjacent public parkland.
Due to be completed in July 2022, it is expected SCCH will establish a new benchmark in commercial developments not only across the Sunshine Coast, but throughout Queensland.
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Local firm wins $59.9m City Hall design and construction tender
13 December 2019 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council
Local construction company McNab has been named the preferred supplier to design and construct the $59.9 million Sunshine Coast City Hall at Maroochydore city centre.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said council officers had undertaken a robust procurement process overseen by a probity advisor to achieve the best quality build outcome and value-for-money for ratepayers.
“McNab — which has an office in Maroochydore employing more than 50 local staff — has a number of significant projects underway across the Sunshine Coast, many of which are of comparable size to the City Hall building,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council could not have asked for a better outcome – a firm with a strong history of engaging with local suppliers and offering a very competitive price that is well within council’s budget.”
Designs for Council's 9-storey building unveiled 5 June 2019 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council
The beauty of the Sunshine Coast, our deep connection to the hinterland, our mountain ranges and our coastal plains have been the inspiration behind the proposed Sunshine Coast City Hall design concept which was unveiled by Mayor Mark Jamieson.
Mayor Jamieson said the administrative centre, to be located in the new Maroochydore city centre, would be a landmark building, one which invoked pride in our community and our city and represented our region’s natural assets.
“Our City Hall will represent our people, our culture, our natural elements and our success as one of the fastest growing and most progressive regions in Australia and reflect our healthy, smart, creative vision,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“So our Council has been keen to see its design reflect this beautiful region we are fortunate enough to call home.
Mayor Jamieson said a key aspect of the architectural brief was to design a building which would allow residents and visitors to observe governance in action – including a view into the council chambers.
“Architects Cottee Parker have used the magnificent mountain formations located across our region along with the diversity of landscape and our climate as the foundations of the proposed building design.
“The building will be a signature civic building in the Maroochydore city centre, encouraging residents and visitors to visit and enjoy all it has to offer.“It will also be a major catalyst for the development of the city centre’s commercial core and will play a significant role in activating the area.”
“Our new City Hall will be bound by a network of laneways which offer dining and other retail opportunities as well as landscaped avenues linking the major boulevard of First Avenue through to the already developed Urban Square,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This will all help make our new city centre a vibrant space.
The initial building guidelines endorsed by council for the City Hall are:
- Approximately 9,400m² Gross Floor Area of building
- 10 levels and rooftop
- Approximately 156 car parking spaces
- 5 star National Australian Built Environment Rating System rating target
- 5 star Green Star rating target
- Regional A grade commercial building
- Complementary commercial/retail uses
“Achieving highly sustainable outcomes is a key element of the proposed design concept and our brief to the architects was to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating considered by the Green Building Council as ‘Australian Best Practice’.
“Council wants this to be an energy and water efficient building to reflect our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region.
“Shading elements would protect the building from direct sun, reducing overall running costs while enhancing the textural nature of the façade.
“We also aim to deliver a healthy workplace, one where there is a focus on fresh air and flexible indoor and external workspaces.”
The current development timeline is:
- May 2019 – Concept design endorsement by council
- June 2019 – Development application submitted to EDQ
- July 2019 – Detailed design commence
- September 2019 – EDQ approval
- October to December 2019 – Construction tender process
- Mid 2020 – Construction to commence
- July 2022 – Council to occupy City Hall
Cottee Parker Director Martin Timms said the proposed design would deliver a building unlike any others on the Sunshine Coast.
“We believe we have achieved a balance between economic, social and environmental considerations to deliver a sustainable building, using emerging innovations, technology, trends and applications,” Mr Timms said
“Landscaping is also a key feature of the building reflecting the region’s native flora and geology.
“Natural hues give the building an enduring and grounded appearance, with landscaping rising up the building, from ground level, through the urban plaza, the façade treatments, balconies and rooftop.
“Plant covered arbours from the street level will reach towards the building offering footpath dining under dappled light, reflecting the flora found at the base of mountains.
“Finally, the ground floor design and level one council chambers are intended to integrate with the community. These areas will include public art and tell the Sunshine Coast’s cultural heritage story.”
Council CEO Michael Whittaker said Sunshine Coast City Hall would be centrally located within the first stage of the core commercial precinct of the new city centre, comprising one full block.
“It will be home to about 600 council employees and is part of a region-wide workplace strategy to service the community by providing the right people, delivering the right services at the right location,” Mr Whittaker said.
“In addition to delivering an administration function, City Hall will also provide broader community activation opportunities through commercial spaces.”
Construction is expected to start in mid-2020, subject to approvals, and be occupied by 1 July 2022.
Council is in discussions with Economic Development Queensland now on the proposed design, and aspects may change as it works its way through the approval process.