Three developers shortlisted for new civic precinct

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Council has agreed on a shortlist of three potential developers for its new administration building at 137 Mercer Street, Geelong.

The shortlist follows a detailed evaluation of all 11 tenderers by an expert Design Review Panel, an expert Finance Review Panel, and a committee of City of Greater Geelong officers.

The three shortlisted companies are all highly credentialed and bring some of Australia’s leading architects to their teams.


Featuring Fender Katsalidis, an award winning architectural firm with a strong national presence. 

Fender Katsalidis designed renowned buildings at 2 National Circuit and 4 National Circuit in Canberra. The RM Hope Building at 2 National Circuit won the Best Heritage Development award at the Property Council of Australia’s 2013 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The firm is also behind the prominent office building at 2 Riverside Quay in Southbank.

They bring a strong record in understanding government office requirements, and the opportunities available when combining offices with new public spaces and activity-based precincts.

Quintessential Equity

Featuring internationally renowned Cox Architecture as the lead architect. 

Cox Architecture designed AAMI Park in Melbourne, which won The World’s Most Iconic and Culturally Significant Stadium award at the 2012 World Stadium Awards. They also completed the redevelopment of the Melbourne Park masterplan, and have recently delivered a new premium office building at 567 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Quintessential Equity recently completed the new WorkSafe building in Geelong.

Raffles Chatter Pty Ltd

Featuring an architectural design team led by Grimshaw Architects, who are partnering with Geelong-based Chandler Architecture on this project. 

Grimshaw is an internationally active firm with an impressive portfolio of project achievements. Their current projects include major office buildings at 477 Collins Street and 664 Collins Street, Melbourne. 

Grimshaw also had a lead role in the design of Southern Cross Station, and provided design input to the state government on the Geelong Railway Station precinct masterplan.

In 2007, the Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Southern Cross Station its Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding new building outside of the European Union.

The three shortlisted companies will now finalise their concept designs and financial offers, and explore innovation in how the building can be delivered.

The City will be engaging with the community, staff and stakeholders over the coming months to gather a wide range of ideas for the new precinct, including public open space and connections with other key parts of central Geelong.

While the next stage of the process is underway, the City will also work with the state government to explore opportunities to create a ‘government hub’ within the precinct.

The consolidation of the City’s nine offices into one central building will bring significant benefits to the organisation and the community. These will include increased productivity, lower operational costs, and the creation of a central point of contact for all Council services.

The new building will also save the City around $2 million per year in rent.

Council aims to nominate its preferred supplier by August 2019, with construction planned to begin in April 2020 and City staff to move into the completed building in July 2022.

Mayor Bruce Harwood:

We’re extremely excited to announce these three shortlisted companies, who have all presented outstanding proposals. They each bring leading architects capable of delivering a building befitting Geelong’s status as a clever and creative UNESCO City of Design.

Council is now looking forward to working with the shortlisted teams to present high quality, innovative concepts for the new precinct. The potential for this project is huge, and we are determined to see the precinct become a world class area that the Geelong community is proud of.

We’ve asked our shortlisted tenderers to be creative in how they approach design and funding arrangements, including exploring opportunities to attract local investment.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the three companies come up with during this stage of the process, and ultimately deciding on the best option for the future of Geelong.

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