Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct - Community Engagement and Public Realm Activation Framework
Geelong, VIC - Quintessential Equity (2018-2020)
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Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct is the new $200 million City of Greater Geelong offices and Civic Precinct delivered in a partnership between and the City and Quintessential Equity.
Village Well was an integral part of Quintessential Equity’s design team on the original winning RFT submission, and continued to collaborate with the design team and the City to develop an activation plan for the public realm to guide the design team and future operations and programming of the precinct.
Over 420 people were engaged in conversations and surveys around the public experience at the Civic Precinct. Village Well’s placemaking advice guided the design and place experience for the public realm, and ensured the development celebrated Geelong’s local identity, and delivered flexible and culturally relevant spaces and programming for the community.
The project delivered 2,550 square metres of new public space to the heart of Geelong, created nearly 900 local jobs, and an estimated 43 per cent of construction costs were sourced locally. The landscape and publicly accessible areas are home to permanent installations by Wadawurrung artists, temporary works by local artists, a yarning circle, significant cultural features in the landscape, and sensitively scaled landscaping that creates distinct zones for collaboration and relaxation.
Wurriki Nyal, which comes from the Wadawurrung words meaning "speak and talk together", was finalist for three awards at the Urban Developer Awards 2023, taking home the award for Excellence in Commercial Innovation.