The City of Greater Geelong has unveiled the design of its proposed $200 million civic precinct, selecting Cox Architecture’s proposal from a shortlist of three.
The council has appointed Quintessential Equity as developer for the multi-building project.
The design and developer team was chosen over rival tenderers from EPC Pacific with Fender Katsalidis, and Raffles Chatter with Grimshaw and Geelong-based Chandler Architecture, which were shortlisted from 11 tender submissions in March 2019.
The precinct will be home to the council’s new centralized administrative offices, to be located at 137 Mercer Street, which will bring together staff of seven central Geelong offices.
The building will be made from cross-laminated timber (CLT), and will include 2,600 square metres of active public space with direct connections to nearby Johnstone Park and pedestrian access through to Bayley Street.
“This project will serve as a catalyst and a benchmark, which will guide the development of Geelong for decades to come,” said Patrick Ness, design director of Cox Architecture. “It has the potential to create local jobs, support sustainable development and bring significant potential to grow an advanced Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturing industry in Geelong.”
The project team will partner with local company Cross Laminated Offsite Solutions.
Sohpie Patitsas, chair of the Office of Victorian Government Architect’s Design Advisory Committee said, “Out of a field of three strong shortlisted candidates, Quintessential Equity’s proposal represented the best outcome for the City and the greater Geelong community.
“The project team brings to the table a wealth of design expertise, a collaborative approach and a deep understanding of the opportunities presented by this significant project.
“The proposal provides an exemplary design that befits a new civic accommodation precinct for Geelong as UNESCO City of Design – one that creates value for the City and region now and into the future.”
Construction on the precinct is expected to begin in mid-2020, and completion is expected in mid-2022.