Civic Hall, Ballarat (Spring 2013)

A major preservation battle is underway in the Victorian regional city of Ballarat. The Civic Hall, constructed in 1953 to a design by prominent local architect Les Coburn and Melbourne architect Gordon Murphy, is significant as the first steel-framed and reinforced concrete building constructed in Victoria, outside of Melbourne.

Now it is under threat from its owners, the City council, who recently resolved to demolish the large structure. ┬áThe proposal has aroused massive local opposition and ADMS is working with preservation groups in Ballarat to overturn council’s decision and have the hall upgraded to meet today’s requirements.

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