Construction of Geelong City HQ Wurriki Nyal now complete

15 August 2022

Construction of the City of Greater Geelong’s new headquarters, Wurriki Nyal, is now complete.

Quintessential Equity Executive Chairman Shane Quinn said he was thrilled to achieve practical completion on Wurriki Nyal.

Delivered within budget, the $102.5 million project has invested more than $39 million directly into the G21 region, and used 468 local workers.

Meaning “Speak and talk together” in Wadawurrung language, the Wurriki Nyal building will welcome the Geelong City Councils’ first teams later this month, with all employees to be relocated from existing offices by early September.

“The precinct accommodates for the rapid growth of Geelong in recent years, providing local workers with access to a highly designed and sustainable office spaces, as well as café and retail facilities for all to enjoy.

“The project has and will continue to provide strong support to the local economy, with more local jobs created through construction and a commitment to local manufacturing.”

Cox Architecture Director Andrew Tucker said he was proud to have delivered on the City of Greater Geelong’s environmental aspirations.

“The new office features sustainable timber design and natural materials, providing a stunning, light-filled, and healthy workspace.

“The Civic Precinct is set to enrich the natural and built environment of Geelong, further validating Geelong’s UNESCO City of Design designation, while honouring the city’s industrial heritage.”

Greater Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy said bringing teams spread across nine locations into the one building would have a range of benefits for the organisation and the Greater Geelong community.

“Wurriki Nyal will allow the City to best serve the community for decades to come,” Mayor Murrihy said.

“The building is an exciting, long-term commitment to central Geelong, and shows our confidence in the continued growth of the CBD as a commercial and cultural precinct.

“Its sustainable features will deliver compounding savings on energy costs and rental costs year after year, while offering a central location for customer service and support.”

The five-storey development delivers on the aspirations of the community, who said via extensive public consultation in 2019 that Wurriki Nyal should:

• Exemplify our UNESCO City of Design designation
• Be built sustainably, with long-term efficiency in mind
• Encourage active transport options
• Honour Geelong’s heritage and Aboriginal culture; and
• Be inclusive and accessible.