Council HQ Takes Shape

Filed under Cityscape, Council, News ~ by Press on  4 Mar 2019

Newcastle council’s move to its new administrative headquarters in a new West End building is on track for October this year.

The new five-level building on the corner of Hunter St and Stewart Ave will house around 400 staff relocated from outdated buildings in the Civic precinct.  

Artists impression of new council building on the corner of Stewart Ave and Hunter Street

Council’s administrative staff spread across the 1970s City Administration Centre, City Hall, the old Fredrick Ash warehouse, and another premises several hundred metres away at 473 Hunter St.    

Council entered into an agreement for a 15-year lease on 5,550 sqm of office space at the 12 Stewart Avenue site known as "Gateway 2" for its location at the CBD’s entry point.

CEO Jeremy Bath said increased staff retention, engagement and energy savings were expected to result in bottom-line efficiencies of between 10 and 15 per cent.

We know Council will save up to $14,000 every year per staff member by moving from four buildings into one modern building," Mr Bath said.

Modelling from various agencies show savings through improved sustainability, reduced absenteeism, greater employee retention and increased productivity.

The one-off $7 million cost of the relocation compares favourably to a poor $6 million investment should we choose to stay and update inefficient buildings with a combined age of over 140 years.

After analysing the best way forward, it became clear that we needed to centralise and move to a new facility for the benefit of both ratepayers and staff.

While our administrative staff will be making the move, 150-plus staff will remain in the Civic and Honeysuckle area and continue providing great services across the library, art gallery, museum, Civic Theatre and City Hall."

Fit out of the new building has begun and the move intended for October 2019. 

Newcastle Borough Council first met in the old court house on the site of the old Post Office and later in the Municipal Building in Hunter Street.

The first designated Council chambers was built in Watt Street in 1884 in the building now occupied by the United Services Club before the chambers and council administration moved to City Hall in 1929.

For more information and to stay up to date, visit council’s City Change page

Pictured below ~ Gateway 2 progress in February 2019.

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