Published on 11 November 2015

Devonport City Council is pleased to announce it has lodged development applications for the $70 million first stage of LIVING CITY.  The DA plans include the multi-purpose civic building, multi-level car park, Food Pavilion and outdoor Market Square.

Following community consultation on the concept plans in July 2015, LIVING CITY’s architects have focused on further developing the designs to enhance the precinct’s ambiance and social character.  Stage 1 of LIVING CITY will give Devonport a new focal point, with the plans showing how the new spaces and facilities will be a beacon for attracting both locals and visitors into the heart of the city.

The plans have been lodged as two separate applications and will be assessed as discretionary applications under the Devonport Interim Planning Scheme.

The first application is for the multi-purpose building and multi-level car park, with the plans for the four storey multi-purpose building incorporating a LINC facility, Service Tasmania, café, amenities, Council offices, meeting rooms and an 800 seat capacity conference facility.  The multi-level car park will offer 550 parking spaces across three levels, as well as a two-storey retail outlet on the northern boundary, public amenities, council storage space and end of ride facilities.

The second application is for the construction of the Food Pavilion and Market Square, demolition of existing buildings under the footprint of these facilities and further subdivision and lot consolidation.  It is proposed the Food Pavilion will feature four permanent food and beverage retail tenancies; a food education facility and a large undercover space that can be utilised for markets and events.

The Market Square will feature a children’s play space and event area, which can be used as an outdoor extension of the Food Pavilion and adjacent civic buildings for community entertainment, recreation and social activities.  A light beacon is proposed for the middle of the Market Square which is intended to be a focus point for the city, visible from anywhere in Devonport and will be slightly higher than the proposed multi-storey civic building.

LIVING CITY’s Market Square will also make reference to the former Police residence on the site, known as the ‘Pink House’ by utilising brickwork from the building in the construction of a children’s play space, in the configuration of the original building.

Further details of the development applications will be available when Devonport City Council places them on public exhibition on their website.

Construction is earmarked to start early in 2016 once the necessary approvals are secured, the construction contract has been awarded and funding model finalised.  It will take approximately 18 months to complete the construction.