Expression of Interest former TAFE Precinct

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Council has invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Redevelopment of the former TAFE Precinct.

The Precinct will be a once in a generation opportunity for the Bathurst Region. The precinct will include a new public ‘plaza’ and new buildings, adaptive reuse of the former TAFE & Headmasters buildings. It is informed by previous Community Consultation and Conservation Management Plans.

Council is seeking development interest in the precinct with private (not Council) funding. Private funding allows for the full precinct to be developed, it also allows money from the development of new private buildings to fund the new ‘plaza’ and the adaptive reuse of the Heritage Buildings.

The preferred development for the precinct will be selected over two stages. The current EOI is stage one and open to all. The EOI will be used to select a small number of financially sustainable proposals that can guarantee good outcomes for the Bathurst Community. The proponents of these will be invited to a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) process. This will ultimately decide who and how the site will be redeveloped.

Council (Councillors) will vote on each stage of the process, the structure of the RFP, the short list selection and ultimately the contract between the developers and Council. You have the opportunity to be involved though feedback throughout the process.

The evaluation criteria for the EOI are available as a document on this site. The EOI supports proposals incorporating community uses and the EOI allows for these proposals to be part funded by Council. Council can choose to offer (or not to offer) part funding as part of the RFP process.

To take a virtual tour of the building click here.


Previous Consultation

Several Council and consultant led consultation activities have been undertaken to date in relation to the future use of the TAFE site. In 2013 Council undertook an Expression of Interest Process where community members, organizations, developers, and commercial industries were invited to suggest uses for the site. A mix of community and commercial uses were proposed.

Council ran a ‘Wish Upon a Square’ campaign following adoption of the Conservation Management Plan by Council in 2015. The idea of a pedestrian friendly outdoor entertainment and dining area with cafes, restaurants and retail was a strong theme throughout the submissions. Many wanted the Square to be a focal point and tourist draw card for the Bathurst Region.

Bathurst Town Centre Masterplan consultation. The Masterplan put forward a number of proposals around the Bathurst Town Square. The creation of pedestrian links and shared zones though the Town Square was supported by 70% of respondents. The provision of a ‘plaza’ or town square in the Town Square by 76%.

Consultation for this process

Community engagement is proposed in three key phases to match the phases of the tender process.

Phase 1 (Community Understanding) takes place during the EOI timeframe and will ensure the community has an understanding of the tender (EOI and RFP process) phases and the timetable proposed to seek delivery of the project. It also aims to improve the community’s knowledge of the former TAFE precinct, its opportunities and constraints.

A feedback survey is provided to enable the community to provide feedback on the process, proposal and precinct.

Phase 2 during the Request for Proposal (RFP), Council will engage with the Community to establish ‘Key Community Messages’. The process will require respondents to respond to these messages directly in the formulation of their detailed project proposal and outline how their project responds to those messages.

Phase 3 will be after the preferred respondent is selected. They will be expected to engage with the community as the project design is further refined and finalised. The final development proposal will be exhibited as part of the development assessment process and the community will be able to provide formal feedback on the proposal prior to consideration of its approval by the consent authority.


Guided Tours

To provide the Bathurst community with a greater understanding of what the site offers, Council is holding free one-hour public tours of the former TAFE site at William Street, Bathurst on Friday 10 December 2021.

Tours are strictly via registration only. A registration form for the tours is available in Documents.


Council has invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Redevelopment of the former TAFE Precinct.

The Precinct will be a once in a generation opportunity for the Bathurst Region. The precinct will include a new public ‘plaza’ and new buildings, adaptive reuse of the former TAFE & Headmasters buildings. It is informed by previous Community Consultation and Conservation Management Plans.

Council is seeking development interest in the precinct with private (not Council) funding. Private funding allows for the full precinct to be developed, it also allows money from the development of new private buildings to fund the new ‘plaza’ and the adaptive reuse of the Heritage Buildings.

The preferred development for the precinct will be selected over two stages. The current EOI is stage one and open to all. The EOI will be used to select a small number of financially sustainable proposals that can guarantee good outcomes for the Bathurst Community. The proponents of these will be invited to a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) process. This will ultimately decide who and how the site will be redeveloped.

Council (Councillors) will vote on each stage of the process, the structure of the RFP, the short list selection and ultimately the contract between the developers and Council. You have the opportunity to be involved though feedback throughout the process.

The evaluation criteria for the EOI are available as a document on this site. The EOI supports proposals incorporating community uses and the EOI allows for these proposals to be part funded by Council. Council can choose to offer (or not to offer) part funding as part of the RFP process.

To take a virtual tour of the building click here.


Previous Consultation

Several Council and consultant led consultation activities have been undertaken to date in relation to the future use of the TAFE site. In 2013 Council undertook an Expression of Interest Process where community members, organizations, developers, and commercial industries were invited to suggest uses for the site. A mix of community and commercial uses were proposed.

Council ran a ‘Wish Upon a Square’ campaign following adoption of the Conservation Management Plan by Council in 2015. The idea of a pedestrian friendly outdoor entertainment and dining area with cafes, restaurants and retail was a strong theme throughout the submissions. Many wanted the Square to be a focal point and tourist draw card for the Bathurst Region.

Bathurst Town Centre Masterplan consultation. The Masterplan put forward a number of proposals around the Bathurst Town Square. The creation of pedestrian links and shared zones though the Town Square was supported by 70% of respondents. The provision of a ‘plaza’ or town square in the Town Square by 76%.

Consultation for this process

Community engagement is proposed in three key phases to match the phases of the tender process.

Phase 1 (Community Understanding) takes place during the EOI timeframe and will ensure the community has an understanding of the tender (EOI and RFP process) phases and the timetable proposed to seek delivery of the project. It also aims to improve the community’s knowledge of the former TAFE precinct, its opportunities and constraints.

A feedback survey is provided to enable the community to provide feedback on the process, proposal and precinct.

Phase 2 during the Request for Proposal (RFP), Council will engage with the Community to establish ‘Key Community Messages’. The process will require respondents to respond to these messages directly in the formulation of their detailed project proposal and outline how their project responds to those messages.

Phase 3 will be after the preferred respondent is selected. They will be expected to engage with the community as the project design is further refined and finalised. The final development proposal will be exhibited as part of the development assessment process and the community will be able to provide formal feedback on the proposal prior to consideration of its approval by the consent authority.


Guided Tours

To provide the Bathurst community with a greater understanding of what the site offers, Council is holding free one-hour public tours of the former TAFE site at William Street, Bathurst on Friday 10 December 2021.

Tours are strictly via registration only. A registration form for the tours is available in Documents.

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