Liverpool Civic Place

Council’s proposed mixed-use Liverpool Civic Place development, in partnership with Built 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 the Council Works components of the proposed development, which include:

  • New Council offices and Council Chambers;
  • A new city library and community hub;
  • A childcare facility;
  • A new civic plaza; and
  • Council and public parking.

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An artist's impression of the future Liverpool Civic Place mixed-use precinct.

The Developer Works components of Liverpool Civic Place will include:

  • A 22-level tower to accommodate a combination of commercial, retail and education spaces; and
  • A 7-level hotel or student accommodation building.

Built Development will cover the cost of the Development Works components of Liverpool Civic Place.

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An artist's impression of the public plaza.

Project Status

The Liverpool Civic Place Master Plan was approved in August 2020, with the Demolition and Early Works Development Application approved in June 2020. Demolition and excavation works on the site have commenced, with completion scheduled for mid-2021.

The Development Application for the Council works component was lodged in October 2020. Subject to approval and development consent, construction is expected to commence in mid-2021.

The Council works are estimated to be complete by the end of 2022 or early in 2023.

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Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller (centre) at the official commencement of demolition with Built Managing Director Brett Mason (left) and Liverpool City Council Acting CEO Dr Eddie Jackson (right).

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

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:

  • New Council offices and Council Chambers;
  • A new city library and community hub;
  • A childcare facility;
  • A new civic plaza; and
  • Council and public parking.

Developer Works

  • A 22-level tower to accommodate a combination of commercial, retail and education spaces;
  • A 7-level hotel or student accommodation building; and
  • Parking.

The total project cost is approximately $400 million. Liverpool City Council will commit around $195 million to its components of the development. Building Liverpool Civic Place is expected to generate at least 350 construction jobs.

Council is planning to borrow $177.5 million to be paid off over 20 years.

Market conditions mean we can secure a highly competitive fixed interest rate.

The annual principal loan and interest repayment is estimated at $11.3 million.

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

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

The following funding options are available in this worst-case scenario:

  • From general reserves; and
  • From the sale of surplus and uneconomical assets.

On completion of the project the community of Liverpool will own an asset valued in excess of $230 million.

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

Demolition has commenced at the site. Construction works are forecast to commence in mid 2021 and take two to three years to complete. Council will provide regular updates on the status of the project’s construction.

Ratepayers of the Liverpool LGA were presented with information about Liverpool Civic Place in a May/June 2020 survey via mailout and online.

The results are as follows:

Line graph showing survey results


Line graph showing survey results