The future Civic Precinct is a planned development project for 137 Mercer Street. The plan includes a central administrative office for the council, instead of having staff spread across seven offices in the CBD. It also incorporates a separate tower construction at 16 Gheringhap Street.
You can read more about it at the Geelong Australia website
I was able to get photos prior to the development starting.
- These photos show the former Mercer Street car park while it was still active.
- These photos show the car park after the signs had gone up and markings had been made on the ground.
- These photos show the buildings at 6-10 Bayley Street
It took a while for work to official start on the precinct. This was partially due to the Covid-19 restrictions in 2020.
In June, 2020, 4 Bayley Street was demolished. There was more signs of getting ready during the rest of winter. In September, a fence went up around the site of the council building.
In early November, I noticed work being done along the road at Bayley Street. By the end of November, the building at 151 Mercer Street had been partially demolished.
16 Gheringhap Street
The buildings started being demolished on November 22. The buildings are mostly intact in this set of photos; work has been done to remove the roofs.
Significantly more work had been done by December 4. Some of the buildings had been demolished and there was visible rubble. The building had been completely knocked down just two days later. I got photos of machinery cleaning up the site on December 15.
By February, 2020, the site had been leveled.