Your firm has been invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in respect of a proposed project, Green Square Library and Plaza in the City of Sydney. Green Square is an $8 billion development project near Sydney’s international gateways of Port Botany and Sydney Airport. At the heart of Green Square is 14 hectares of land to be developed as the Green Square Town Centre. The Town Centre is planned around a new public plaza and civic building ‐ the Green Square Library. This important project will be the catalyst for residential and commercial development in the precinct and will establish the character of the future Town Centre. This design competition aims to continue the City’s reputation for design excellence and world leading sustainability practice, while embodying the spirit and aspirations of the local community. This Call has been forwarded to those firms or consortia who have registered their interest with the City of Sydney. The City of Sydney has a clearly articulated vision for a sustainable and connected city as outlined in ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’. This vision includes Strategic Directions and Targets, all focused on a green, global and connected city. This development project is an important part of the City’s program to transform Sydney. This design competition aims to continue the City’s reputation for design excellence and world leading sustainability practice, while embodying the spirit and aspirations of the local community.
The library, as a building type, has been evolving throughout time. Initially a repository of books and documents, and a place to access the information and knowledge contained within, libraries also became community hubs, and places to engage with others. With the recent rapid changes in technology, people’s ability to access information has changed, but the library still exists as a physical place to have access to knowledge and to engage with other people. The library will be contained within one building providing approximately 3,145 square metres of gross floor area (GFA) over three floors (ground, first and second) along with a small basement incorporating staff facilities, services and storage. The library will need to achieve ‘world leading’ performance for energy efficiency and to demonstrate this via a LEED assessment.
In line with its directions this competition seeks to find a library and plaza design that is:
— a demonstration of world‐leading sustainability principles
— designed for longevity and ease of maintenance
— adaptable and able to cope with changing demands over time
— responsive to the site and the wider context, Integrated and harmonious
— accessible to the whole community
— safe for users, visitors and workers
Assignment 1‐ Expression of Interest (Project Description‐Initial strategies)
1. Develop and professionally communicate a business project brief applicable for diverse sustainable building stakeholders
2. Research and critically analyse financial and property methodologies to undertake value assessments and cost benefit analysis for development proposals