The Geelong Civic Precinct is a $220m partnership between the City of Greater Geelong and developer Quintessential Equity to develop and subdivide the 137 Mercer St site located in the heart of Geelong. The City owned portion of the development will consist of office accommodation for the City’s central Geelong based staff, public meeting and events areas, councillors offices, retail and landscape featuring central plaza and community space.

The development is heavily focused on sustainability with the City’s new office featuring a Cross Laminated Timber building structure as well as targeting 6 Star GreenStar and 5.5 Star NABERS. The Cox designed precinct reinforces Geelong’s UNESCO City of Design designation.

AECOM is working closely with the City in ensuring the success of this project across all engineering disciplines as well as architecture via sub-consultants Geyer. Having supported the City in development of the performance brief for the project and tender review our team is engaged in the ongoing technical advisory and peer review of the developer’s design proposals. The project has allowed us to engage with stakeholder groups and the design team to ensure compliance with the brief and drive best practice outcomes.

The client side peer review role has been central to the success of this procurement strategy for the City and is testament to the ability for developer led projects to drive efficiency in program whilst maintaining a high standard of quality. AECOM brings to this project a wealth of experience in client side technical advisory and peer review of developer led projects and the collaboration required between client and developer to maintain positive relationships and project outcomes.

The project received development approval in June of this year and will soon be progressing to site establishment and construction.