Published on 24 March 2015

Devonport City Council is excited to announce it has appointed Lyons Architects to lead the design of the centre piece buildings for Stage One of LIVING CITY.

Stage One 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.

The Melbourne based architectural and urban design practice has extensive experience in the design of large multipurpose buildings, delivering projects like the Dandenong Civic Centre redevelopment in Melbourne and Yagan City Square in Perth.

To deliver the architectural and design services, Lyons Architects will work collaboratively with award-winning Launceston based Birelli and Maddison architects.

“The appointment of Lyons is a key milestone for the LIVING CITY project”, said Devonport Mayor Steve Martin.

“The Lyons design team has a track record of successfully completing similar projects and Council is looking forward to working with them”.

“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 Birelli.

The concept design for Stage One 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.

For more information about the LIVING CITY project visit