Green Square community and cultural precinct

After breathing new life into the heritage-listed buildings of the former South Sydney Hospital site, we’re getting ready to officially open Green Square’s new community and cultural precinct between Joynton Avenue and Portman Street, Zetland.

The precinct includes a creative centre, community shed, childcare centre, park and public artwork.

Join us for the launch event on Saturday 26 May.

Check out the new precinct

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre

The award-winning Peter Stutchbury Architecture has turned the former Esme Cahill nurses quarters into the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre, an inspiring space where people can express themselves and connect.

107 Projects, one of Sydney’s best loved arts organisations, manages the centre on the City’s behalf. It’s responsible for overseeing daily operations and developing programs and activities to engage the local community and creative sector at the centre.

107 Projects is working with small creative businesses and artists to help them settle into their new subsidised offices and working spaces.

You can hire a number of indoor and outdoor areas by contacting 107 Projects.

Banga Community Shed

Peter Stutchbury Architecture has also reworked the former pathology building which now houses a community shed.

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre has taken over the Banga Community Shed and is fitting it out as an electronics workshop, where people can learn new skills and make or repair electronic items. This is a new service for The Bower, an environmental charity and cooperative committed to reducing waste going to landfill.

To get involved, please contact The Bower.

Banga means ‘make’ or ‘do’ in the Sydney Aboriginal language.

Waranara Early Education Centre

The hospital’s former outpatient building has been reworked by architects Fox Johnston into a colourful and modern 74-place childcare centre.

Heritage features such as roof cowls have been reinterpreted as skylights and offices have become light-filled playrooms.

A wrap-around verandah encourages individual or group play protected by large shade trees.

Passive, active and messy play spaces include an outdoor kitchen and digging patch extending into a lively water and sand play area.

Waranara means ‘to seek’ in the Sydney Aboriginal language.

The City has appointed Australia’s largest early learning provider, Goodstart Early Learning, to run the centre which will open in mid-2018.

For enrolment enquiries, please contact Goodstart Early Learning.

Matron Ruby Grant Park

This park connects the creative centre and the community shed. It is a green space with a playground for friends and family to gather, picnic and play. We worked with Sprout Landscape Architecture in collaboration with CAB Consulting to reinstate native plants from the former Waterloo swamp, including eastern suburbs banksia scrub.

Matron Ruby Grant Park is one of 40 parks that will make Green Square a more liveable and sustainable neighbourhood.

Public art: While I Live I Will Grow

The precinct features an environmental artwork by Sydney-based, Colombian-born artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso, While I Live I Will Grow.

The artwork, composed of bottle trees and a sandstone spiral, welcomes visitors at the entrance of the site. The tapered shapes of bottle trees suggest a parallel growth with people in the community and respond to themes of water and drought.

The artwork is part of our vision of giving Green Square locals and visitors access to art in public spaces.

A green precinct

The Green Infrastructure Centre, a former hospital administration building, houses Green Square Water, a water recycling facility run by Flow Systems on behalf of the City.

Green Square Water supplies treated stormwater in all Green Square town centre buildings for flushing toilets, laundries, green space irrigation and cooling towers. The water is stored in 2 tanks under Matron Ruby Grant Park.

Solar panels in the precinct produce electricity for the City’s local electricity network, which powers the precinct.

We will build a co-generation plant in nearby Gunyama Park and Recreation Centre to supply low carbon energy to the network. We will also retrofit a battery to the network to power the precinct’s street lighting.