The new Maitland Administration Centre, set to be built on High Street next to the Town Hall, will shortly begin construction following the decision at Tuesday night’s Council meeting to enter into a $38 million contract with Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd. for construction of the Centre. The project includes the new administration centre, as well as significant upgrades to Town Hall, parking and site improvements.
Completion is expected by the end of 2022. Approximately 360 Council staff will initially occupy the Centre with capacity for future growth, highlighting Council’s role as a major employer for the City and its commitment to the revitalisation of Central Maitland.
The development will contribute to the local economy both directly, and indirectly through the flow on effects on supply chain and consumption. Economic modelling indicates that an estimated $101.4m will be generated from the demand for local goods and services, in addition to creating 51 jobs during construction and a further 148 jobs as funds cycle through the local economy.
Following an extensive archaeological investigation at the site over recent months, items of heritage interpretation will be installed throughout the Centre as part of construction to outline the history of specific areas, while salvaged artefacts will also be displayed in the new public lobby.
Council’s General Manager David Evans says, ‘Council has been working toward the development of the Centre for a number of years now. We are excited that construction of the project is about to commence and to see the works take shape as they develop over the next eighteen months.’