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Three developers shortlisted to build new $91m City of Greater Geelong headquarters

GEELONG ADVERTISER
HARRISON TIPPET

3 March 2019

A TRIO of developers in the running to build the City of Greater Geelong’s new $91 million Mercer St headquarters has been revealed.

But, the council and developers are keeping their plans secret for now, declining to publicly release any early designs of the proposed new building at 137 Mercer St.

Councillors this week agreed on three potential developers for the new administrative building, including Geelong-based Raffles Chatter Pty Ltd, WorkSafe building developers Quintessential Equity and epc. Pacific.

The trio was picked after a detailed evaluation of 11 tenderers by an expert Design Review Panel, expert Finance Review Panel and a committee of council officers.

They will now be asked to finalise concept designs, financial offers, value for money offers, development agreements and to explore innovation options for the design, financing and delivery of the project.

Mayor Bruce Harwood welcomed the announcement of the short-listed developers, who have been tasked with creating an “iconic” centrepiece for the city.

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

“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 short-listed tenderers to be creative in how they approach design and funding arrangements, including exploring opportunities to attract local investment.”

Developers are being asked to pitch a building with 10,000sq m floor area, 120 car parks and an “active street level retail” space of 300sq m for the new City HQ.

Councillor Pat Murnane this week said short-listed developers had been directed to put forward an iconic design for a new civic precinct.

“When our forefathers creating the existing civic offices in the 1850s, they created an iconic building, which is still loved and valued by the people of Geelong,” Cr Murnane said. “It is incumbent on the current council to create a similar building for today.”

The new headquarters will be used to consolidate the City’s nine offices into one central building, with council aiming to pick it’s developer by August, see construction begin in April 2020, and move in to the new headquarters in July 2022.

Council will engage with the community, staff and stakeholders to gather ideas for the new precinct, including public open space and connections with key parts of central Geelong.

THE DEVELOPERS

Raffles Chatter Pty Ltd

Featuring an architectural design team led by Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw had a lead role in the design of Southern Cross Station.

epc. Pacific

Featuring architectural firm Fender Katsalidis.

Fender Katsalidis designed the RM Hope Building at 2 National Circuit, Canberra.

Quintessential Equity

Featuring Cox Architecture as the lead architect.

Cox Architecture designed AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Quintessential Equity recently completed the new WorkSafe building in Geelong.

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