The new Hurstville Central Plaza took a step closer to reality with Georges River Council this week naming the successful architectural consultancy to design the project.
The proposed plaza will be located at 296 Forest Road Road, Hurstville, opposite the entrance to Hurstville Railway Station.
Group GSA has been selected by the council’s tender assessment panel from a field of seven submissions.
Projects that Groups GSA has worked on include Sydney Harbour Wharves upgrades, Origin Energy offices, Morriset Library and Community Building, Centrelink national headquarters and the Dominion Residences at Darlinghurst.
The company will work to the details contained in the Hurstville Central Plaza Plan of Management which was adopted by Georges River Council in October.
Key elements of the plan of management include an open plaza with water feature, soft landscaping at Forest Road, shaded seating areas with outdoor dining, stairs from Crofts Avenue into the plaza, and a screen element to conceal the existing ramp from Westfield.
The Central Plaza Construction Budget is $1,180,000.
Construction of the plaza has started with the demolition of the old Bag a Bargain store and is expected to go through to March during which time the council and Groups GSA will finalise the plaza design.
Georges River Council has said the aim of the plaza is to provide a new meeting place that will celebrate the community’s diverse cultural heritage and provide a safe street level connectivity between Hurstville Railway Station and adjacent landowners.