Grand plans for public commons precinct

We have applied for planning and heritage permits to create an exemplary precinct that incorporates high quality urban design and sustainability standards.

The proposed redevelopment would exceed our achievements in creating Council House 2, Australia’s first six star Green Star building, 12 years ago.

The plans feature solar energy, ground-source heat exchange, an electric vehicle-only basement, and rainwater tanks and water-sensitive urban design to capture and reuse stormwater.

Our urban forest and biodiversity strategies will also be brought to life through a green laneway, rooftop gardens and a garden atrium for the community to enjoy.

Approximately one third of the precinct would accommodate City of Melbourne staff, with the remaining space used for community, commercial and retail spaces.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the redevelopment will create a new city precinct where people can meet and access Council services.

‘Redeveloping this site has opened up an opportunity to create a new civic precinct,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘Under the proposal, the heart of the precinct will contain a public forum – a large, flexible meeting space at ground level designed to encourage community engagement and participation in Council activities.’

Did you know
We delivered Australia’s first six star Green Star office building with Council House 2 and Australia’s first six star Green Star public building with Library at The Dock. The redevelopment aims to exceed these achievements in a number of ways, including a carbon neutral certification target.

To find out more, visit Bourke Street Precinct.