Pre-construction demolition works, delivered by local
company Perry Demolitions, began Monday 15 June on the Bayley Street portion of the
site, with construction scheduled to commence at the end of July. Construction
of the project will be complete mid-year 2022.
Quintessential Equity (QE) and project builder Watpac have
set a target of 60 per cent local procurement through the construction of the
precinct, creating around 900 jobs for local businesses and suppliers in the
The Civic Precinct will allow the City to consolidate
seven offices into one new purpose-built energy efficient building, to drive
operational efficiencies and continue to improve alignment of delivery of City
services to maintain high standards of community service. Once complete, the
new offices will save the City $3 million per year in rent and energy costs
The precinct will also feature co-working areas,
end-of-trip facilities, café and retail. Its design includes a new laneway
connection from Mercer Street to Bayley Street.
The City, QE and Watpac are signatories of the G21 Region
Opportunities for Work (GROW) Compact – an initiative focused on maximising
economic and social outcomes in Geelong by creating new jobs and opportunities
for people experiencing disadvantage.
The City’s new office will achieve the highest
environmental standards in design, energy, waste and water usage including a
six-star Green Star design rating as part of the city’s ambitions to position
Geelong as a leader in innovative and sustainable business, in line with our community-led
Clever and Creative 30-year vision for our region.
The $220 million precinct, $102.5 million funded by the
City and the remainder by QE, complements the $40 million in projects allocated
by the state government for the G21 region as part of its $2.7 billion Building
Cr Peter Murrihy,
Chair, Central and Civic Geelong portfolio
The approval of the planning permit is a major milestone in
the creation of our new Civic Precinct in the heart of Geelong.
At a challenging time like this, the project will help speed up the recovery of
our economy by creating around 900 jobs for local businesses and suppliers.
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
We look forward to seeing the precinct begin to take shape over the coming
Quote attributed to Martin
Cutter, CEO, City of Greater Geelong
The approval of a planning permit is a great step forward towards
starting construction of this important project. 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.
The project team’s commitment to local jobs and procurement will
drive investment back into our local community at an important time for our
community and economy.