DEVONPORT City Council last week announced the appointment of Melbourne-based Lyons Architects jointly with Launceston-based Birelli Architects to lead the design of the centrepiece buildings for Stage 1 of LIVING CITY.
Stage 1 involves the creation of a new multi-purpose building which will house a multi-purpose 800 plus seat convention centre, LINC, Service Tasmania, council offices and general community space. The first stage also includes the first two levels of a multi-storey car park and the proposed food market/pavilion.
According to the council, the food market/pavilion has a significant role to play in the success of LIVING CITY acting as a centrepiece for the northern civic precinct. Understanding its importance, the Lyons/Birrelli consortium brought in food architectural specialists led by Mr Peter Maddison, who is also the lead presenter on Grand Designs Australia.
Lyons has extensive experience in the design of large multipurpose buildings, delivering projects such as the Dandenong Civic Centre redevelopment in Melbourne and Yagan City Square in Perth. In Tasmania, they have been responsible for design delivery of the Royal Hobart Hospital and various projects at the University of Tasmania.
"LIVING CITY is the transformational change required to bring economic stimulus to Devonport and surrounds and the successful delivery of Stage 1 will be the catalyst for the balance of the LIVING CITY program," said Devonport Mayor Steve Martin.
"The appointment of Lyons is a key milestone for the LIVING CITY project. The Lyons design team has a track record of successfully completing similar projects and Council is looking forward to working with them," Cr Martin said.
"They are considered one of Australia's leading architectural practices and we are confident they can deliver a land mark new facility not only for Devonport, but for the north west."
"Lyons and our partners Birelli and Maddison are very excited to be involved in the LIVING CITY project," said Lyons Director Neil Appleton.
"This is an iconic project for the revitalisation of Devonport and Lyons Architects will work closely with the community, Council and all stakeholders to achieve an outstanding architectural outcome."
The extent of local content was considered as part of council's assessment, with the successful submission involving both local skills and knowledge, as well as national expertise and capacity.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work on a project of this scale, combining our local design knowledge with the expertise of Lyons we believe will achieve a really great outcome," said Birelli Director, Jack Birell.
The concept design for Stage 1 of LIVING CITY is expected to be complete mid-year, with a development application to follow.
Lyons appointment follows a two stage tender process in which nineteen submissions were received. Once the design is resolved, construction will be tendered locally.