Liverpool Civic Place

Artist impression of the future Liverpool City Library, part of the Liverpool Civic Place development proposal.
Artist impression of the future Liverpool City Library, part of the Liverpool Civic Place development proposal.

Council’s proposed mixed-use Liverpool Civic Place development will anchor and activate the southern end of Liverpool CBD, providing new public spaces, community facilities and job opportunities for our growing city.

Located at 52 Scott Street, Liverpool, Council will commit around $195 million to its components of the proposed development, which include:

  • New Council offices and Chambers;
  • A new central Liverpool City Library and community hub;
  • A child care centre;
  • University of Wollongong South Western Sydney campus space;
  • A new Civic Plaza; and
  • Council and public parking.

Other components of Liverpool Civic Place will include:

  • Commercial office space;
  • Retail space;
  • A hotel (approximately 126 rooms); and
  • Hotel parking.

Liverpool Civic Place will be developed by Built Holdings Pty Ltd, who will cover the cost of the commercial elements of the proposal.

Project Status

Following initial community consultation, Council is now seeking feedback on the revised development proposal, which was endorsed by Council in October 2018.

Click here to have your say on the proposed Liverpool Civic Place development.

Subject to approval processes and obtaining development consent, construction is expected to commence in early 2020 and take two to three years to complete.

Why is this project happening?

Liverpool City Council has identified 52 Scott Street, Liverpool, as a key site to anchor and activate the southern end of the Liverpool CBD. Council’s objectives for Liverpool Civic Place are to:

1. Provide a mixed use development incorporating a combination of Council services, commercial, retail, cultural, educational, hotel and dining functions;
2. Provide a civic identity, focus and anchor to activate the southern end of the Liverpool City Centre;
3. Contribute to environmental, social and economic sustainability by capitalising on the site's location;
4. Create a generous public space which is active, responsive, high quality, connected, engaging and sustainable; and
5. Achieve the highest quality design outcomes having regard to environmental sustainability and appropriateness for the land.

Who will build the Liverpool Civic Centre and how were they chosen?

The procurement of the Liverpool Civic Place project has been a two-stage process, including an initiation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) and a Request for Detailed Proposal (RFDP). On 29 June 2016, Council resolved to award the delivery of Liverpool Civic Place to Built Holdings Pty Ltd (Built). Liverpool Civic Place, to be delivered by Built, is separated into two components, as outlined below:

Council works:

  • A new Liverpool City Centre Library;
  • New Council offices and Chambers;
  • University of Wollongong South Western Sydney campus space / Commercial space;
  • A childcare centre;
  • Council and public parking; and
  • A new Civic Plaza.

Developer works

  • Commercial office space;
  • A 3.5 to 4 star hotel – providing approximately 126 rooms;
  • Retail; and
  • Hotel parking.

What is the cost of the project and how will the project be funded?

The total project cost is approximately $400 million. Liverpool City Council will commit around $195 million to its components of the development.

What will happen to the old library building when the new library has been built?

The old library building will remain in Council ownership and will initially be used for community facilities and programs. There is a potential to redevelop the site in future depending on emerging community needs.

What will happen to the old Council offices and Chambers when the new Council offices are built?

The Council offices at 33 Moore St, Liverpool, will continue to be leased and occupied by the University of Wollongong.

Will the School of Arts building be impacted?

The School of Arts building will not be impacted by the development and will remain as an integral part of Augusta Cullen Plaza.

When will the Liverpool Civic Place development be finished?

Subject to approval processes and obtaining development consent, construction is expected to commence in early 2020 and take two to three years to complete.