epc.Pacific shortlisted for Geelong Civic Precinct Project
30 May 2019
Geelong City Council has announced that, epc.Pacific is one of three companies who have been shortlisted for the Civic Precinct at 137 Mercer Street in Geelong, following a highly competitive EOI process.
epc.Pacific was selected due to their strong track record in understanding government office and urban regeneration requirements, and the opportunities available when combining offices with new public spaces and activity-based precincts. epc.Pacific has engaged Fender Katsalidis, an award winning architectural firm with a strong national presence, as the lead design consultant and architect for the project.
Geelong Mayor, Bruce Harwood said that Council is now looking forward to working with the shortlisted groups 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.”
Managing Director of epc.Pacific, Mr Patrick Smith, said “The potential of Geelong and of this civic precinct is genuinely exciting and we are delighted to continue efforts to create a precinct that is reflective of the aspirations of Geelong and its community.
“The alignment of our values fits in very neatly with a city that is Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design.”
epc.Pacific will now finalise our concept designs and financial offer, 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.
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