Great news for Orange this week with Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair announcing that the Department Primary Industries head office will be relocating to a purpose built office on the site of the old Orange Base Hospital, which has been sitting dormant for quite some time.
Since the hospital relocated to its new site in 2011 there has been a lot of speculation about what will happen at the old site. This week’s announcement strengthens the future of Orange as a regional hub and shows that the Government is committed to Regional New South Wales and its growth.
Here’s what we know so far:
- A brand new three storey office block will be built on the site.
- Parking accommodation will include a three level car park with 390 spaces on site, to be built behind the new offices.
- Work will start in early 2019 with completion expected in about November 2020 at which time the DPI will relocate their 700 staff.
- The construction phase is expected to result in about 220 full-time jobs and a $30 million boost to the local economy.
- The new building will be constructed on the Anson Street end of the site with the entrance fronting Prince Street.
- The portion of land to be built on will be sold to a private developer who will construct the building.
- The owner will then privately lease the building to DPI for 12 years with further options of 8 years then 5 years
Orange City Council have indicated that the other end of the block is likely to be used for a housing and retail precinct. There have been no decisions made yet in relation to the current building that DPI leases, but it’s expected that the owners of the building will find new tenants or a new use for the building as of 2020, when the DPI vacates.
“This is great news for Orange. Being a government department, they will be able to build a building that is purpose built for the DPI with the latest communication facilities, that is energy efficient and has room to grow in the future. This will continue to cement Orange as a regional centre. More jobs will be created not only in the construction of the DPI but in the possible refurbishment of the old building. Having such a great industry close to town will be beneficial for the existing properties in the area as well as positively impacting the existing market as the new jobs bring people to Orange.”
“As a resident of the area surrounding the new site, I would think that there will be a positive impact on the house prices of the area as it would be a very attractive proposition to DPI employees to live close enough to walk to work each day”.
We will be watching closely as this development gets underway and it will be interesting to watch the community reactions and any issues that may arise as things get going and, of course, we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening.
Artist impression of what the new offices of the DPI will look like when construction is completed.