Construction to start on $154m Geelong civic project in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 2 Jul 2020 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Watpac is set to commence construction on the diversified property group Quintessential Equity’s A$220m ($151.9m) Civic Precinct project in the City of Greater Geelong, the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia.

The office and active space precinct, which will become the city’s new administrative heart, is expected to generate up to 900 jobs and provide office environment for 900 employees.

The City’s Central and Civic Geelong portfolio chair Peter Murrihy said: “Once finished it will be an asset for our community, with a large and welcoming public space, retail outlets and cafes.

“It will also create improved pedestrian links into our CBD and give the community a central access point for council services.”

Located at 137 Mercer St, the new Civic Precinct project recently secured approval from the Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne.

Designed by Cox Architecture, the project will comprise a new centralised head office for the City of Greater Geelong, a separate building owned and managed by Quintessential Equity, and a 2,600m2 public precinct.

Additionally, the project includes co-working areas, end-of-trip facilities, café and retail as well as new laneway connection from Mercer Street to Bayley Street.

The new precinct will be designed to provide clear views across Johnstone Park of City Hall, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, and across to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

Watpac plans to commence construction on the new Council headquarters in August 2020 with completion scheduled in mid-2022.

City of Greater Geelong CEO Martin Cutter said: “We’re creating confidence in central Geelong by investing in revitalising this significant area of our city.

“This new public precinct will be both a new home for the City’s central Geelong employees and a vibrant, active public plaza, accessible and welcoming to our whole community.”

Illustration of the City of Greater Geelong’s new Civic Precinct. (Credit: Watpac Limited)

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