Civic Square Redevelopment

Thanks to everyone that submitted feedback on the Civic Square Redevelopment. The community engagement period for this project is now closed. We will report back soon with the result of the engagement.


Project background

In 2015-16 the City undertook extensive community and stakeholder engagement that resulted in the development of a Master Plan prepared by a consultant team led by architect and urban designer Leigh Woolley. Balancing community expectations, alongside planning scheme guidelines and design outcomes, the Master Plan considered the history and location of the site, together with understanding the relationship of current and potential users to the civic space.

In late 2016, the City invited expressions of interest (EOI) for the development of the site, encouraging proposals that revitalise the space for the benefit of the community, supporting a range of activities, while respecting the historical character of the existing buildings.

The Council identified a preferred proposal for the site and is now seeking your feedback.

What happens next?

Following the period of community engagement, the outcomes will be reported back to the Council. If the
proposal is approved, the Council will proceed to negotiate a lease with the preferred proponent. Any
future development of the site will be subject to a successful development application.

Further information about the background of this project please view the information sheet and Master Plan documents in the Related Documents section.


The Preferred Proposal: Spirit Place

Spirit Place is a dynamic waterfront development which aligns with Hobart’s vision of connecting nature, history, culture, business to each other in the heart of our city.

Retail, commercial and residential uses are carefully designed to complement each other. They provide a unique opportunity to take in Tasmania’s famous mix of heritage buildings and fine produce, offering glimpses of human interaction on this historic site over the generations.

Incorporating this design would see public open space grow by over 38% on the site. The use of laneways activates the flow of people and activity, increasing connectivity around the site, particularly with ground floor tenancies.

Spirit Place resists mediocrity, finding a place in the heart of our city.


Ask a question

  1. If you have questions about the Spirit Place design proposal contact Fraser Miller
  2. If you have questions about the process the City is undertaking contact Paul Jackson

Thanks to everyone that submitted feedback on the Civic Square Redevelopment. The community engagement period for this project is now closed. We will report back soon with the result of the engagement.


Project background

In 2015-16 the City undertook extensive community and stakeholder engagement that resulted in the development of a Master Plan prepared by a consultant team led by architect and urban designer Leigh Woolley. Balancing community expectations, alongside planning scheme guidelines and design outcomes, the Master Plan considered the history and location of the site, together with understanding the relationship of current and potential users to the civic space.

In late 2016, the City invited expressions of interest (EOI) for the development of the site, encouraging proposals that revitalise the space for the benefit of the community, supporting a range of activities, while respecting the historical character of the existing buildings.

The Council identified a preferred proposal for the site and is now seeking your feedback.

What happens next?

Following the period of community engagement, the outcomes will be reported back to the Council. If the
proposal is approved, the Council will proceed to negotiate a lease with the preferred proponent. Any
future development of the site will be subject to a successful development application.

Further information about the background of this project please view the information sheet and Master Plan documents in the Related Documents section.


The Preferred Proposal: Spirit Place

Spirit Place is a dynamic waterfront development which aligns with Hobart’s vision of connecting nature, history, culture, business to each other in the heart of our city.

Retail, commercial and residential uses are carefully designed to complement each other. They provide a unique opportunity to take in Tasmania’s famous mix of heritage buildings and fine produce, offering glimpses of human interaction on this historic site over the generations.

Incorporating this design would see public open space grow by over 38% on the site. The use of laneways activates the flow of people and activity, increasing connectivity around the site, particularly with ground floor tenancies.

Spirit Place resists mediocrity, finding a place in the heart of our city.


Ask a question

  1. If you have questions about the Spirit Place design proposal contact Fraser Miller
  2. If you have questions about the process the City is undertaking contact Paul Jackson
  • Civic Square Expressions of Interest 2017

    5 months ago

    The Civic Square site is the city block bounded by Morrison, Argyle, Davey and Elizabeth Streets, close to the Hobart waterfront. In late 2016, LJ Hooker Commercial Hobart was instructed by the City of Hobart to invite expressions of interest for development of this unique area.

    The City of Hobart sought proposals that revitalise this space for the benefit of the community. The revitalisation should support a range of activities, while respecting the historical character of the existing buildings.

    Expressions of Interest closed on January 27th, 2017 and the City received three proposals as a result of this process.

    The Civic Square site is the city block bounded by Morrison, Argyle, Davey and Elizabeth Streets, close to the Hobart waterfront. In late 2016, LJ Hooker Commercial Hobart was instructed by the City of Hobart to invite expressions of interest for development of this unique area.

    The City of Hobart sought proposals that revitalise this space for the benefit of the community. The revitalisation should support a range of activities, while respecting the historical character of the existing buildings.

    Expressions of Interest closed on January 27th, 2017 and the City received three proposals as a result of this process.

  • Draft Hobart Civic Masterplan Background

    5 months ago

    The City of Hobart, through a consultant team led by Leigh Woolley Architect + Urban Designer prepared a Draft Hobart Civic Square Master Plan.

    The Draft Master Plan, informed by community and stakeholder engagement undertaken in September 2015, considered the future development of the site known as 'Civic Square', being the urban block between Davey, Elizabeth, Morrison and Argyle Streets, adjacent to Mawson Place.

    The Draft Master Plan was developed by considering the history and location of the site, together with understanding the relationship of current and potential users to the civic space.

    Urban design principles, underpinned by the spatial...

    The City of Hobart, through a consultant team led by Leigh Woolley Architect + Urban Designer prepared a Draft Hobart Civic Square Master Plan.

    The Draft Master Plan, informed by community and stakeholder engagement undertaken in September 2015, considered the future development of the site known as 'Civic Square', being the urban block between Davey, Elizabeth, Morrison and Argyle Streets, adjacent to Mawson Place.

    The Draft Master Plan was developed by considering the history and location of the site, together with understanding the relationship of current and potential users to the civic space.

    Urban design principles, underpinned by the spatial history were developed to inform objectives for the site and its future use. These objectives were used to generate a proposed direction for the site contained within the Master Plan.

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