The Green Square community and cultural precinct, built on the site of the former South Sydney Hospital, will launch to the public this month.
The $32 million precinct is in the heart of the Green Square town centre on Joynton Avenue in Zetland and was commissioned by the City of Sydney.
Designed by architect Peter Stutchbury, the community precinct includes a creative hub which was previously a three-storey nurses quarters and includes artists’ studios, workshops, galleries and community spaces. There’s also a community shed, childcare centre, park and public artwork.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the facilities would make an important contribution to an area that will soon be home to more than 61,000 people.
“Green Square is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the country, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it develops into a world-class urban neighbourhood with the services and facilities its residents and workers need,” Moore said.
“We have committed $540 million over the next 10 years to the Green Square town centre, including our stunning new community and cultural precinct that will sit at the centre of the development.”
The precinct will be powered by a new green infrastructure system housed in a former administration building. A water treatment facility will supply recycled storm water for flushing toilets, green space irrigation and cooling towers. Two new water storage tanks will also be located on site.
A local distribution network, or private wire, will supply power to nearby community facilities, transferring power from sources including solar to other buildings in the precinct.
Stutchbury was appointed in 2014 for the redevelopment of the site. He was awarded the 2015 Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects – the country's most prestigious architecture award – which acknowledged the work of his firm Peter Stutchbury Architecture as well as his teaching and role as a founding director of the Architecture Foundation Australia.
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Other community development in at the $8 billion Green Square includes the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre which will be the largest aquatic centre to be built in Sydney in nearly 20 years.
A new public park is under construction on a disused block of land in nearby Waterloo. Dyuralya Square will be at the heart of the Lachlan urban renewal precinct, a 15-minute walk from the Green Square town centre.
When fully developed, Green Square will accommodate close to 61,000 people living in 30,500 new homes and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs.