Lyons Architects has been awarded the design for Stage 1 of LIVING CITY, a $250 million project by the Devonport City Council to revive Tasmania’s North West region.

Joining Launceston-based practice Birrelli Architects, Lyons will deliver the creation of a new multi-purpose building with a convention centre that seats over 800, general community space, the first two levels of a multi-storey car park, and a proposed food market/pavilion.

The building will house Service Tasmania, LINC and council offices, and sit adjacent to the existing Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.

“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 Birrelli Director, Jack Birrell.

The LIVING CITY master plan, which is one of the Tasmania’s North West Coast’s largest development projects, will see three precincts being created, beginning with the Business and Services, and Retail Precincts, and ending with the Waterfront:

  • Business and Service precinct will give purpose to the southern part of the CBD, with opportunities for new medical facilities
  • Retail precinct will facilitate new retail development in the CBD, complementing existing retail and preventing further fragmentation
  • The Waterfront will open up the heart of the city to the Mersey River, and include hotel and residential towers, and a public space with prominent public art.

“LIVING CITY is the transformational change required to bring economic stimulus to Devonport and surrounds and the successful delivery of Stage 1 will be the catalyst for the balance of the LIVING CITY program,” said Devonport Mayor Steve Martin.

Lyon’s appointment follows a two-stage tender process that saw 19 applications submitted. The concept design for Stage 1 is expected to be completed mid-year, and once the design is resolved, construction will be tendered locally.  

View the full master plan HERE.