Urbis has been engaged by Maitland City Council to prepare a Precinct Concept Plan and to work with BVN Architects on the new Administration Building Development Application.
Maitland City Council has operated on the same site since the 1890s, originally from the Maitland Town Hall building and then from various buildings attached to, or added adjacent to the Town Hall Building as the organisation grew.
Council are now planning the addition of a large new admin building, approx. 6,000m2, located on the eastern side of the Town Hall.
The proposed building connects to the eastern side of the Town Hall and incorporates an existing two storey 1860’s shop at 273 High Street. The buildings effectively combine to becomes one large public building with a shared entry to the Town Hall and new admin building. The Town Hall contains one large and one small auditorium used for various public events, public meeting rooms and the Council chamber which has been in continuous use since the 1880’s.
The project provides an opportunity to progress the establishment of a civic precinct with a focus on:
- Celebrating the heritage buildings and mature heritage (Jacaranda) trees;
- Unify the public domain with consistent paving, furniture and lighting;
- Create a hierarchy of paths across the site with integrated WSUD strategies.
- Publicly accessible rooftops and terraces with interior planting. bringing the outside in.
The project provides an opportunity to progress the establishment of a civic precinct arrival experience.