Newcastle - City Change: administration office move

City of Newcastle's administration offices is heading west. Aligning to community feedback, the west end of Newcastle is transforming into the new CBD and we will be part of that transformation by moving our headquarters to 12 Stewart Avenue in 2019.

The current central administration offices are spread across three buildings, and are in dire need of refurbishment. We need a space that is ready for 2020 and beyond. Colliers International will manage the sale or long-term lease of two of our Civic administration buildings ahead of move in 2019. We've also made the decision to move the chamber west together with our administrative move, with the future Council chamber set to double as a highly functional meeting room for Council officers and high-level meetings.

Staff currently based in the library, art gallery, Civic Theatre and museum will remain where they are in line with the Civic and Honeysuckle precincts' evolution as an educational and cultural hub.

Newcastle is an emerging global and smart city and moving Council's administration offices makes sense to ensure we are leading change in our community while continuing to provide essential services for our residents and ratepayers. City of Newcastle is excited to be moving to a location that will provide our customers with better access including on-street parking, off-street visitor parking and close proximity to the Newcastle Transport Interchange.

         Old buildings                                                                 New building

  • Teams spread across four buildings
  • Current fit-out needs replacing
  • Complicated, inefficient floor plans and fit-out
  • Poor natural light
  • Limited room for future growth
  • High maintenance requirements
  • Limited parking for council vehicles
  • Limited staff facilities
  • Limited end of trip facilities
  • High energy costs
  • Lack of space and meeting rooms
  • Staff across five clean green efficient floors
  • Close to public transport
  • Improved communication and collaboration
  • Improved staff retention
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Excellent environmental credentials
  • High tech smart space
  • Improved staff productivity
  • Premises are 'high performance'
  • Aligned with 2030 Community Vision

Artist impression of new building

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we moving?

  • Staff in the city-centre are currently situated across three buildings, which means poor collaboration and inefficient use of staff time spent moving between buildings/floors
  • Significant investment is required to refurbish the current administration buildings. It is not economical to renovate a floor plan that is not suitable for Council's needs
  • The new building will have many sustainable features to reflect our commitment to reducing our environmental impacts
  • The move to a new building is estimated to increase productivity and improve our staff retention
  •  This is an operational issue, not a political decision. We need to ensure we are providing staff with a working environment that enables them to work collaboratively and efficiently for the ratepayers of Newcastle. 
 Why now and why the West End?
  • West End development aligns with Council's Local Planning Strategy, implementing the land use directions from community consultation for the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan
  • Development Newcastle is experiencing a construction boom with more than $1 billion worth of development approved in the last 12 months alone
  • An opportunity presented itself to us. After completing our due diligence, robust decision making was conducted.
  • There are no suitable options for us to consider in the current location.
Will there be staffing cuts?
  • No, the relocation will NOT cause staff cuts.  
What about the impact on services to the community during relocation?
  • Council will have a full transition plan in place to ensure that services are not impacted.  
What about the heritage listing of the Fred Ash Building?
  • This will not change
  • Should the building be purchased; the new owner/s would have to adhere to all Heritage legislation.  
What will happen to the current office space?
  • Colliers International will manage the sale or long-term lease of our two Civic administration buildings City Administration Centre (CAC) and Fred Ash Building via an expression of interest (EOI) process ahead of our move in 2019.
  • The EOI results will be used to make a recommendation to the elected Council in early 2019, ahead of the moves west in the second half of 2019.