Quintessential to Develop Geelong’s Civic Precinct


Plans for Geelong’s new civic precinct have been unveiled, as the city’s central project takes its next step appointing developer and fund manager Quintessential Equity on the city's new HQ.

The Cox Architecture-designed cross laminated timber building will be Geelong’s new central administrative office at 137 Mercer Street.

The new headquarters will consolidate the city’s nine offices into one central building, with construction expected to begin next year on the civic precinct.

City of Geelong said it is partnering with Quintessential in a $200 million investment on the project, with completion planned for mid-2022.

▲ Cox Architecture's plans for 137 Mercer Street Geelong.
▲ Cox Architecture's plans for 137 Mercer Street Geelong.

Quintessential were selected for the project from a shortlist of developers which included Geelong-based Raffles Chatter and Epc. Pacific.

Melbourne-based fund manager Quintessential has been busy in Geelong’s commercial market, with projects including the $120 million headquarters for WorkSafe at 1 Malop Street, completed in 2017. It’s currently completing health insurer GMHBAs new head office, an $85 million project at 60 Moorabool Street.

The precinct will comprise the council-occupied building and a second commercial building.

The second building will be developed and funded by Quintessential.

The new office precinct plans to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Design as well as a 6 Star NABERS Energy Rating with around 48 per cent of the site to have public space access as well as co-working spaces, retail, food tenancies.

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