Major redevelopment site
The $8 billion Green Square project is transforming the southern precinct of our local area into a vibrant and sustainable urban environment. From its industrial past, Green Square is emerging as a place of innovative housing design, bespoke business and retail, and creative and engaged communities, proud of their area’s past and future.
Green Square is set to become a true exemplar of green living with developments linked to recycled water, people linked to shops, parks, gardens and entertainment with bike and walking routes and public transport.
The Green Square redevelopment area is 278 hectares and includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo. It is just 3.5 kilometres from the city centre and 4 kilometres from the airport.
The City’s role in Green Square is to ensure planning controls allow for growth and development that is sustainable, innovative and respects the character of existing neighbourhoods. Our role is to also ensure the growing Green Square population has access to quality community facilities, parks, and transport links – essentially, building the heart of Green Square.
About 5,700 new homes have been built since 2000, bringing in close to 11,000 more residents. By 2030, Green Square is expected to attract 40,000 new residents and 22,000 new workers.
Green Square town centre is the major focus with the new retail, cultural and commercial hub centring around the Green Square train station.
A 10-year plan has been set out including infrastructure, a health and recreation centre and other community venues.
The town centre
Green Square town centre will be a new commercial, retail and cultural hub for the Green Square area. It will be a vibrant and active place where people will live, work, shop, dine out, and enjoy a range of cultural activities.
When the town centre is complete, it will have the potential to accommodate approximately 6,800 residents and 8,600 workers.
A large part of the town centre is being delivered by Urban Growth NSW and the Green Square Consortium, a joint venture between Mirvac Projects and Leighton Properties.
Green Square Library and Plaza
Over 160 architects from around the world entered a design competition in 2012 to create a new library and plaza for Green Square.
The results were stunning – reflecting a range of visions for the new town centre, and a new way of seeing libraries as ‘urban living rooms’.
Our expert jury chose 5 finalists and the winning design has been announced.
The City has set aside $40 million for the 3000-square metre library and 4200-square metre plaza.
Together, they will provide a flexible range of spaces to fit books, performances, meetings, technology and events.
We are now working with the architects to refine the concept design for the library and plaza.
A creative hub
The former South Sydney Hospital site is set to become the creative heart of Green Square, with historic buildings to be restored into community facilities.
The hub will have places to perform, rehearse, practice and meet, including creative art spaces, studios, exhibition areas and a community shed.
The site will also have new community facilities for the Green Square area including a child care centre with a capacity for 60 children, a community hall, a specialist medical centre and a park. Affordable housing will also be located on the site. The full master plan for the site is available for download below.
Health and recreation
A new aquatic centre and multi-purpose sports field will be built in the Epsom Park Precinct on Joynton Avenue, opposite the South Sydney Hospital site. There will be a 50-metre pool, a 25-metre pool, a hydrotherapy pool and a waterplay area.
The centre will include a rehab gym, underground parking, café and a crèche. The new 1.6-hectare Gunyama Park will include a children’s playground, circuit training and a multi-purpose synthetic playing field.
Parks and open spaces
A new 6,500 square metre park will be built in the town centre, named the ‘Drying Green’. A larger park of 15,500 square metres, 'Gunyama Park', will be in the Epsom Park precinct in Zetland.
A smaller park will be created on the former South Sydney Hospital site, with other parks to be built near McPherson Lane, Joynton Avenue and O’Dea Avenue.
The City has signed an agreement with Green Square Water, part of Flow Systems Pty Ltd, to supply recycled water to thousands of future residents in the Green Square town centre. The system will capture stormwater, purify it on site, and then send the water to households for clothes washing and toilet flushing, and to parks for irrigation.
A DA has been approved for a building on the former hospital site to house a trigeneration plant. A trigeneration engine runs on natural or renewable gases and produces low-carbon electricity, heating and air-conditioning for connected buildings.
Green Square is the fastest growing area in the City's local area – new families are moving in every day, while residents in long-established suburbs like Rosebery have lived there for many generations. The City is working to ensure this diverse community has opportunities to create and build connections and explore their interests.
Our community development coordinator Cara Wood is your key community contact for Green Square. She can proivide you with information on community groups and programs, grants, partnerships and events. Contact Cara via email email@example.com or call 9265 9252.
The City has no authority over bus, light rail or rail planning, but we continue to support the State Government in delivering quality public transport to Green Square. A major part of this work is the creation of the Eastern Transit Corridor, a reliable and efficient public transport service for residents and businesses in the Green Square Train Station catchment area. The City continues to advocate for a light rail connection between the city centre and Green Square – we believe light rail is a more sustainable option and will reduce traffic in the area.
Planning and private development
A major part of the City’s role in Green Square has been to ensure planning controls allow for appropriate growth and development. Our planning controls seek to provide housing and workplaces for a growing population while ensuring development is sustainable, innovative, and respectful of existing neighbourhoods.
The following pages contain key planning documents and information for developers:
- Green Square town centre
- Epsom Park Precinct
- Lachlan Precinct, Waterloo
- North Rosebery Precinct
- Affordable housing
- Employment lands study
You can also view the development applications for Green Square currently on exhibition.
Leading by design
From lively plazas to hidden gardens, public spaces are the key to transforming a place into a neighbourhood. Our design team has worked to ensure the public spaces of Green Square will be welcoming, adaptable, community-focussed and well-designed. Our public domain strategy, available to download below, is a source of reference for developers and provides guidance on street design, public art, sustainable design, plants and trees, lighting, access and recognising heritage.
The City's public art strategy for Green Square looks at similar developments around the world and the important role art plays in creating a sense of place and connecting community to a development. Our Green Square Curatorial Advisor Amanda Sharrad will implement the plan with a range of permanent installations and temporary art projects.
Last updated: Wednesday, 27 November 2013