Ballarat Tech School at Fed Uni - on track to open
Ballarat Tech School is on track to open for the start of the new school year in 2018.
A glowing atrium will change the facade of the Albert St building and welcome up to 200 students at a time through its doors.
Exterior of Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute
Passers-by might be forgiven for thinking the walls of the Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute have changed colour when restoration works are completed late next year.
Tommy Tung has been bricklaying Ballarat for fifty
Starting as a 15-year-old apprentice with A.W. Nicholson in January 1966, Mr Tung learned all the aspects of building in his training while specialising in the difficult bricklaying craft.
Eureka Stadium grandstand skeleton starts to show
Construction work on stands at both ends of the ground are on schedule, but it is the larger western stand, along White Avenue, that Ballarat firm Nicholson Construction and City of Ballarat were confident to have a full skeleton
Local firm wins Eureka Stadium contract
Construction of Eureka Stadium’s grandstand is expected to start as early as next week under local firm Nicholson Construction. The new stadium will have 5000 undercover seats...
The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute
The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute is currently shrouded in sheeting and scaffold, but the institution’s life continues inside as it has for 160 years, says Max Harris Collection curator Amy Tsilemanis.
Freshen-up for an iconic old-time face
A restoration team will breathe new life into Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute. Construction will use methods and like-materials in line from when the iconic Sturt Street façade was built for a face-lift.
First sod turned on $1.8-million Terang nursing...
The first sod has been turned on a $1.8-million revamp at Terang’s Mount View Nursing Home.
Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan visited the Terang & Mortlake Health Service Friday morning.
New-look Sebastopol clinic is taking shape
FACE-LIFT works are moving fast at Ballarat Community Health’s Sebastopol location.
Warracknabeal hospital redevelopment
A FIRST stage of the new Warracknabeal hospital will officially open on Monday.
Works on the redevelopment started in July last year.
Rural Northwest Health chief executive Catherine Morley said the new community health wing
Renovations begin at Sebastopol site
Renovations at the Ballarat Community Health Sebastopol facility have commenced following the appointment of Ballarat building firm Nicholson Construction.
Nicholson Construction, New Select Homes and Greg
Three companies – Nicholson Construction, New Select Homes and Greg Smith Homes – have cleaned up at this year’s Master Builders Association 2015 Regional Building Awards.
Ballarat Community Health Primary Care Centre
Funded jointly with the Commonwealth Government of Australia, through the Health and Hospitals Fund, the Ballarat Community Health Primary Care Centre creates a new approach to delivering quality and affordable healthcare to the b
On time, under budget
CONSTRUCTION of the City of Ballarat’s new 50-metre indoor pool has been completed under budget and on time. Ballarat’s Nicholson Construction officially handed over the project to the council on Monday.
Ballarat's 50-metre pool project going swimmingly
BALLARAT’s new 50-metre pool is set to be unveiled by April.
Large portions of the equipment used to run the pool have now been installed.
Nicholson Construction director Richard Nicholson said the project was entering the
Ballarat secures major swimming event
BALLARAT Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre will host the city's biggest ever swimming event next year.
In a major coup for the city, Swimming Victoria announced on Friday that Ballarat would host the 2015 Victorian Country Short Cou
Canterbury Park to be jewel in Greater Bendigo...
The redevelopment of Canterbury Park is nearing completion and the state-of-the-art sports hub will open to the public early next year.
Works have reached fit-off stage for many of the new buildings, carpet has been installed i
Regional Builder of the Year
Regional Builder of the Year Nicholson Construction
Project: Federation College and Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Centre, Federation University, Grant Street, Ballarat
Canterbury Park Precinct redevelopment underway
Cr Peter Cox and the Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum have turned the first sod for the Canterbury Park Precinct redevelopment.
The Precinct will be transformed in the coming months into a state-of-the-art multi-pu
The 5,000-seat undercover grandstand is almost complete at Ballarat's redeveloped Eureka Stadium, in readiness for the historic first AFL match for premiership points in Ballarat. Ballarat firm Nicholson Construction in a joint venture with Atelier Projects was awarded the $14 million State Government contract to build Eureka Stadium. Read the full article by clicking here.
The Freedom to Grow
Growing up in Alfredton, the Arch of Victory was always a part of Caitlin Perry's daily routine - passing through it numerous times a day on her way to and from Loreto. Fourteen years after graduating, Caitlin found herself returning to familiar territory, co-designing and developing 'The Garden of the Grieving Mother', a $500,000 memorial project that now completes Ballarat's historical Arch of Victory precinct. Read the full article by clicking here.
Garden of the Grieving Mother - Official Opening
His Excellency, General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd), Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia was in Ballarat yesterday to officially open the Garden of the Grieving Mother, a place of national significance in the Arch of Victory, Avenue of Honour precinct. The Garden of the Grieving Mother is designed to be a space for contemplation and reflection, honouring and acknowledging the grief and anxiety experienced by those 'at home'; the mothers, fathers, families and friends left behind, waiting for news of loved ones serving in foreign lands in times of war. Read the full article by clicking here.
Multi-million dollar tech school to open for secondary students
Ballarat secondary students will be able togrow their trade skills, at a new multi-million dollar tech school at Federation University in 2018. There are 15 schools partnered with the new tech school at the university's SMB campus, with students to be given free access to the courses offered. Read the full article by clicking here .
Ballarat honours wartime sacrifice
Two separate yet inextricably entwined services took place in Ballarat yesterday as the Garden of the Grieving Mother opened alongside the memorial service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the catastrophic fall of Fortress Singapore. The Governor-General of Australia General Sir Peter Cosgrove was present at both services and spoke movingly of the sacrifices made by Australians of previous generations - both those who served and those who were left behind. Read the full article by clicking here.
Dogs keen to call Mars home
The state government is already in discussions with the Western Bulldogs to bring additional events to Ballarat as the club prepares for its near sell-out clash with Port Adelaide on Saturday. Premier Daniel Andrews inspected the new-look Mars Stadium on Thursday morning ahead of the fixture, which will eb the city's first AFL home-and-away match. Read the full article by clicking here.
Eureka shows seating colour
You can start to get a better idea of what might be the best seats in the house at Eureka Stadium. A randomised colour scheme of blues and greys - technically dark grey, sapphire and Notre Dame - is unfolding as seats are installed in the new western grandstand, four months out from the city's first AFL premiership season match. Read the full article by clicking here.
Sneak peek behind scenes before play
What is the view like from the new coaches' boxes? How will media teams line up? Who really does have the best seat in the grandstand? City of Ballarat is opening Mars Stadium up for free to the community on Saturday in a special chance to explore behind the scenes before the first AFL premiership season takes to the ground next month. Read the full article by clicking here.
Switched on for takeover
Eureka Stadium redevelopment works will be complete in about three weeks' time. Victorian Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Western Bulldogs chief executive officer, Gary Kent, with Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh, officially called for the new 50-square-metre video scoreboard to power up early Monday morning, beaming the countdown to the first AFL game for premiership points in Ballarat. Read the full article by clicking here.
Secure Eureka ticket in sign-up
Western Bulldogs are advising fans across western Victoria the only way to guarantee a seat at its historic Eureka Stadium match is to join the pack. On-sale ticket dates are yet to be finalised for the first AFL premiership season match in Ballarat on August 19. The Bulldogs have assured the only way in, for now, is with a Ballarat three-game membership or club membership add-on. Read the full article by clicking here.
School building boon
Portland is in the midst of an educational construction boon, with more than $13 million worth of work taking place in six local schools this year. From the nearly-completed Narrawong District Primary School to the recently announced All Saints Parish School refurbishment, the six projects are not only a boon for schools and students, but also several local businesses. It's the biggest educational investment in the region since Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution in 2011. Overseeing more than $9 million in capital works is the Ballarat based Nicholson Construction, which is managing the construction of Narrawong District Primary School and Portland Bay School. Read the full article by clicking here .
Night game confusion causes fixture change
The North Ballarat Football Club says it gave the City of Ballarat five months' notice of its intention to stage a night Victorian Football League fixture this weekend, which has since been re-scheduled. The Roosters were originally set to take on Williamstown under lights at Eureka Stadium on Friday night, however, the fixture was shifted to Saturday afternoon after the council told the club last week the facility, which is still under construction, was not fit for night match. Read the full article by clicking here .
City council takes control
The City of Ballarat will fork out more than $5.5 million in order to take control of the Eureka Stadium precinct after the state government gazetted the acquisition on Thursday. The council first issued the intention to compulsorily acquire the precinct in February while the then board was in the midst of a spate of resignations. Read the full article by clicking here .
Preparations in the new Dogs' house
This will be the biggest football season in Ballarat's history. This is the season AFL comes to our town for pemiership points. The 2017 AFL premierships season starts tonight with Western Bulldogs to launch their title defence tomorrow night against Collingwood at the MCG - a title defence that will feature Eureka Stadium in round 22. While the Bulldogs get their play underway, Nicholson Construction director Richard Nicholson has confirmed Eureka Stadium grand stand construction is on schedule for a late June completion. Read the full article by clicking here.
The New Lucas Community Hub
In December 2016, Ballarat City Council awarded the construction tender for the new Lucas Community Hub and Early Learning Centre to local construction company, AW Nicholson Pty Ltd. The Lucas Community Hub and Early Learning Centre, will include: two kindergarten rooms with 66 places, three maternal and child health consulting rooms... Read the full article by clicking here.
Local Firm Wins Eureka Stadium Contract
Construction of Eureka Stadium’s grandstand is expected to start as early as next week under local firm Nicholson Construction. The new stadium will have 5000 undercover seats, giving the grounds a total capacity for more than 11,000 spectators. Nicholson Construction was announced as the project’s contractor at a sod turning on Friday, three days after the contract was presented to Ballarat Council. Read the full article by clicking here.
RNH Prepares for Big Move
Health services in the Warracknabeal region are set to transform with the opening of Rural Northwest Health's $10.8 million stage two redevelopment at the Warracknabeal campus. The final chapter in the building saga, the acute and urgent care wing, is expected to provide services from its convenient new location from 1pm on February 10. Read the full article by clicking here.
Big move for health service
Health services across the Wimmera and southern Mallee are set to transform with the opening of Rural Northwest Health's $10.8 million stage two redevelopment at Warracknabeal. The final chapter in the building project, an acute and urgent care wing, is earmarked to provide services from its new location from 1pm, today. Read the full article by clicking here
Construction starts on western hub
The construction of Ballarat's newest police station is on track for completion by June 2016. A contract was awarded to local Ballarat Builder Nicholson Construction in July with works already commencing on the site located on Ballarat-Carnham Road. The $8 million project is one of the city's most important and while the project has been mooted as complete emergency services hub, it so far only has funding for the construction of a police station. Read the full article by clicking here
Builders of Health Care Facility and Season-Smart Family Home Named Sout West Master Builders of the Year
Devcon Properties and Nicholson Construction were given top honours on tonight at the South West Master Builders Regional Building Awards, held at The Pier, Geelong. Nicholson Construction was named Commercial Builder of the Year (South West) for their work on Ballarat Community Health, a purpose-built, multi-service primary care facility in Lucas. This timberand steel-framed multi-storey structure provides general practitioner consulting rooms and ancillary suites including podiatry, dental, physiotherapy, eye and ear services. It also holds offices, a board room, training areas and staff rooms. Read the full article by clicking here
Ballarat 50 metre pool moves closer to completion
THE new 50 metre pool at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre is taking shape. The roof and external walls were completed prior to the Christmas break, with work now focusing on the final sections of the building shell. Read the full article by clicking here
New pool a step closer - October 2014
The 50-metre indoor pool at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre is a step closer to the completion, after a state-of-the-art pool boom was installed. The boom, which is the largest single component of the project and the biggest single piece of fiberglass in Ballarat, was installed at the pool last week. Read the full article by clicking here
A new chapter begins in Eaglehawk
Work is well underway at the Canterbury Park Sports Precinct redevelopment, triggering a 21st Century revitalisation of the Eaglehawk sporting hub. The $4.59M project includes new netball/tennis courts, a mixed-use pavilion, cricket nets and training area, synthetic bowling green, event space, roadway, car parking, footpaths and landscaping. Read the full article by clicking here
Reaching New Heights
It is pleasing to report that construction works are on schedule with the slab for the multipurpose pavilion poured. The wall frames are complete and roof trusses are expected to be installed this week. (Picture right shows frames going up). At ground level all components of the project have been cut to level providing an outline of the bowling green, netball/tennis courts, event oval and cricket nets. To read the full newsletter article click here
Stage two starts
Nicholson Construction started work this week on the $10.6 million Rural Northwest Health stage two redevelopment, clearing land for the new Community Health wing site and pouring concrete for a new Aged Care wing. Up to 35 staff will work on the redevelopment which includes the two wings in tandem, with the project expected to be completed by December 2015. To read the Warracknabeal Herald Article click here.
Ballarat builder receives honour
Ballarat firm Nicholson Constructions has been named Master Builders Regional Builder of the Year. The award was presented on Friday night at the Excellence in Construction Awards at Crown Palladium. Nicholson Constructions was recognised for its work on the Federation College and Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Centre. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Works in fast lane
Work is well under way on the construction of Ballarat's first 50m indoor swimming pool at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lilfestyle Centre. It is on schedule to be completed on time in March 2015 barring any more stretches of terrible weather. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Work starts on new unit
Work will start next month on a $3 million mother-baby unit at the Ballarat Base Hospital. Minister of Mental Health Mary Wooldridge is expected to visit Ballarat on Wednesday to announce the start of construction for the project, which will give mothers experiencing mental health issues access to top quality mental health care in Ballarat. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Hub Open in Lucas
ALMOST four years in the making, Ballarat Community Health's (BCH) new Lucas centre has been officially opened. In operation for several weeks now, the state-of-the-art hub provides GP services, counselling, sexual health services, podiatry and general wellbeing support. Ballarat MP Catherine King, who oversaw the project while in government, said it was a great facility for Lucas and Ballarat. "Community health hubs like this are needed to bring staff together, and really allow people to collaborate on things like prevention programs," Ms King said at the opening on Wednesday. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Community health site completed
BALLARAT Community Health will build a new $13.6 million head office at Lucas. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility will begin next May and will be completed by May 2014. BCH focuses on health promotion and illness prevention, with programs aimed at dealing with alcohol issues, chronic illness, diabetes, mental health, podiatry, family violence, refugee health services and smoking cessation. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Work on new $17m pool 'ahead of schedule'
The $17 million Olympic-sized swimming pool under construction at Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre is ahead of schedule, according to facility's project manager. The pool is the Ballarat firm's first 50-metre pool, after building half sized pools. Speaking at the pouring of the first section of the pool's concrete base, Dean Stevens, from Nicholsons, said everything was schedule for an opening next March. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Federation College MESC now open!
The new Federation College Manufacturing Engineering Skills Centre was declared open this month by the Minister for Higher Education Peter Hall, marking the end of a job well done for Nicholson Construction. The new facility will house trades including metal fabrication and panel beating as well as a new specialist VCE program. This building has been significant for many reasons not least for its green nature with extensive measures taken to ensure its energy efficiency and sustainability for many years to come. To read the Ballarat Courier Article click here.
Paving for Ballarat Health
The "Purchase a Paver" Scheme was recently opened at the new Lucus Health centre by the federal member for Ballarat Catherine King MP, to raise funds to support the new centres operation. Work on the new Ballarat Community Health Centre is on track for completion later this year and will provide a range of services including a GP clinic, counselling services and community nursing along with making space available for public use. To read the full Ballarat Courier article click here.
Ballarat Aquatic Centre
In news this month Nicholson construction has just won the contract to build a new 50 meter pool for the Ballarat Aquatic Centre. Triumphing over three other major companies Nicolson Construction will begin work on the $9m project next month. To watch the WIN new bulletin click here.
OFSC 1000 Projects
The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner has just announced that the Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme has now been applied to a 1,000 projects across Australia. Nicholson Construction was named as completing the milestone project with the Ballarat Community Health Primary Care Facility at Lucas estate in Ballarat. This scheme has been instrumental in improving safety standards across the industry through the rigours process that all accredited companies must go through in order to gain certification under the scheme. To read the article click here.
Castlemaine Secondary College Redevelopment- Stage One
The first stage of redevelopment at Castlemaine Secondary College is progressing well and is on track for completion in early 2014. This stage of redevelopment includes a gymnasium, change rooms, two science labs, a science classroom, four general classrooms, a lecture theatrette and staff amenities. There is also a large amount of external redevelopment being undertaken including a new oval, bus turnaround point and general landscaping. With several section of this project already completed and operational it is well underway and is on track for its delivery. This redevelopment will allow Castlemaine Secondary College to consolidate its operation to one site and is the first of several the school hopes to undertake. To read the Castlemaine Mail article click here.
Kerang District Health- Redevelopment Stage Two
Kerang District Health's $36.3 million redevelopment project will start within weeks and Nicholson Construction is proud to announce its involvement in the major construction phase. This project is vitally important for Kerang Health, delivering a new aged care unit, emergency department, radiology unit and ambulance station along with upgrades to other areas. To read the full Northern Times article click here
Lucas Health Centre
Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $13.6 million contract for the new Lucas Health Centre located in the Lucas estate in Alfredton. This facility will be the newest arm of Ballarat Community Health and will provide a wide range of health services to the community including a GP clinic, counselling services and community nursing. It will also provide public space for community events and groups. To read the full Courier article click here
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
This month we have an update on the progress of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE). Nicholson Construction is handling the construction component of this project and with everything running smoothly we are on track to meet the September completion date. When completed MADE will boast a wide range of facilities including; a new café, outdoor dining areas, theatre space, a dedicated education space, a stage, retail space and a new purpose built gallery to house the eureka flag. To read the MyBallarat article click here
Western District Health Services (or Hamilton Hospital) Sub Acute Ward Redevelopment.
Nicholson Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction component of this 4.3 million dollar project. The project will consist of a major electrical upgrade and a complete redevelopment of the rehabilitation centre at the Hamilton Base Hospital. These works are part of the 35 million dollar capital works program that is being undertaken in the Hamilton area and will see a great improvement in the facilities that both staff and patient will have access to. To read the Hamilton Spectator click here
Ballarat Art Gallery to feature in Architechture Australia magazine
across Australia with a circulation at around 15,000 copies. This month the Ballarat Art Gallery Annex has been a featured article in Architecture Australia magazine. This is the premier magazine for the Architectural industry and has great coverage With photographs of the project taken by John Gollings and feature article by Anna Johnson provides a good synopsis of the project. This project a credit to all involved and this coverage in such an important publication is something to be proud of.
Nicholson Construction wins $18m UB Tech contract
Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $18m contract to construct the Manufacturing Technology Training Centre for the University of Ballarat. This project will create around 20 new jobs in Ballarat and be one of the largest we've undertaken. This amazing new facility will allow the University of Ballarat to provide training at the highest possible standard by utilising the latest manufacturing technology. Using this facility year 11-12 students will be able to obtain VCAL qualifications with the manufacturing centre providing training in engineering.
Mast removed from the Australian Centre of Democracy.
Works are continuing on the $6m redevelopment of the Australian Centre of Democracy (formerly known as the "Eureka Centre") where an extension to the facility will provide enhanced exhibition and interpretation space. Nicholson Construction recently removed the 54m mast from the existing building. The demanding task required the use of a 300 Tonne crane with a pair separate support cranes assisting the process. This event marks a new stage of works on the centre with the mast set to be replaced so the Eureka flag can once again be viewed across the city.
Wannon Shire Offices Demolished to make way for newhospital development
The former Wannon shire offices in Coleraine were demolished this month to make way for the new Coleraine hospital development. The shire offices were successfully dismantled in only one day to prepare the site for the new construction to take place. The Wannon shire vacated the offices after shire amalgamation in 1994 and the site will be developedinto Western District Health Centres Coleraine campus. Click here to read the Hamilton Spectator
Demolition proceeding smoothly at the Australian Centre for Democracy.
The internal demolition process is running smoothly at the Australian Centre for Democracy with what was the rear wall removed to make way for the extensive redevelopment of the structure. A 300 tonne crane is being installed in preperation for the removal of the centres iconic mast and replace it with a new structure. Click here to read the Ballarat Courier
Congratulations to Billy Bell for his appearance in the September edition of Westvic staffing solutions newsletter.
It's great to see one of our apprentices doing so well and we are proud to have such a committed individual as part of our team. He is a role model not just for the indigenous community but for all young people, showing that if you are prepared to make the commitment to an apprenticeship the opportunities are out there. Click here to read the Westvic Newsletter
Nicholson Construction awarded Eureka redevelopment contract.
Nicholson Construction has been awarded the 5.6 million dollar redevlopment contract for the Australin Centre for Democracy. The prject will generate 12 new local jobs and is set to begin at the end of this month. Nicholson Construction is very proud to be working on such an important community project and is passionate about helping to preserve a key part of Ballarats heratige. Click here to read the Ballarat Courier
Nicholson Construction Frontrunner for Australian centre for Democracy contract.
Nicholson Construction has been recomennded for the 5.6 million dollar contract for the redevelopement of the Eureka centre in Ballarat. The project is part of 11.1 Million dollar revitaliasation of the Eureka site and is a key project for ballarats economy bringing new jobsand more business for local suppliers. Director Richard Nicholson says to be recommended for such a historical project makes the whole team proud to be Ballarat locals. Click here to read the Ballarat Courier
Grange Residential Care Centre upgrade underway!
On the 27th of June Nicholson Construction began the Grange Residential care unit's upgrade. Western District Health Services CEO Jim Fletcher says that the Grange is one of the very few aged care facilities of its type in western victoria allowing residents to remain in the same place as their care needs change. This important upgrade to the Grange will allow more people to take advantage of this type of care. Click here to read the Hamilton Spectator
Nicholson Construction awarded the $ 2.8m Grange residential care contract
The contract for the renovation and expansion of The Grange residential care facility was awarded to Nicholson Construction. The $2.8m contract will see an extensive redevelopment program which will involve the building of a new 7 bed wing, a new Kitchen and renovation of existing areas to provide more space for activities. Works are expected to commence late this month. Click here to read the Hamilton Spectator
Nicholson construction awarded contract for Ballarat Art Gallery annex.
The $630,000 contract to build the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery's new annex has been awarded to us this month. The new space at the rear of the building will be part of the revitalisation of the camp street precinct. The space will be available for exhibitions, functions and performances. With one of its walls designed to open out onto Camp Street so it will also be available as a stage for public events. We are proud to be working on a project so vital to our cities culture. Click here to read the Ballarat Courier