Green Square projects

Green Square projects

Building the heart

The Green Square area is one of the fastest growing in Sydney, with nearly 10,000 new apartments due for completion over the next 4 years.

The City has committed $440 million over the next 10 years to build world-class community facilities and infrastructure for Green Square, focussing on high-quality design and creating a welcome, exciting and connected neighbourhood.

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, Mirvac Green Square Pty Ltd.

Image: Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects 



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.

Our expert jury chose 5 finalists and then announced the winner in 2013. Architects Stewart Hollenstein created a bold vision of a library located below the plaza, creating an open community living room with dynamic sunken gardens connecting to the activity at ground level. Their design features geometrical shapes punctuating the plaza surface to offer a café and grand entry.

The City has since been working with Stewart Hollenstein to develop a concept design for the library and plaza and the DA was recently exhibited and is now in the final stages of assessment. 

Image: Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects 


Creativity and community spaces

The former South Sydney Hospital site on Joynton Avenue, Zetland 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, practise 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 childcare 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 and is being developed by City West Housing. 


Health and recreation

A park with a multi-purpose sports field, aquatic centre and a range of recreation activities will be built in the Epsom Park precinct on Joynton Avenue, opposite the South Sydney Hospital site. 

The Gunyama Park and aquatic centre will be a place that caters for people of all backgrounds and abilities, with a joyful and stimulating environment to encourage active lifestyles.

We have recently announced the 5 finalists in our architectural design competition, which invited architects and landscape architects to create the vision for the pools and park. The winner of the competition will be announced in late 2014. 

Parks and open spaces

Along with Gunyama Park, we will also be creating a new 5,500 square metre park in the town centre called the Drying Green.

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.

Some parks are being delivered as part of a planning agreement with a private developer. Mary O'Brien Reserve in Zetland is being delivered as part of the Emerald Park development. The developer is currently completing remediation works so the park can safely open to the public.  



Our first major infrastructure project in Green Square is a new stormwater drainage system to be built in partnership with Sydney Water. The system will mitigate the risk of flooding through the town centre, with a new culvert running 2.5km from Epsom Park through the Green Square Town Centre, before connecting to the Alexandra Canal.

It is envisaged that the construction of the culvert (full length) will be completed by 2017. Sydney Water will be notifying property owners and conducting site and geotechnical investigations throughout 2014.

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.


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.

Art and 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 communities.

Our Green Square curatorial advisor Amanda Sharrad will implement the plan with a range of permanent installations and temporary art projects.

Last updated: Thursday, 30 October 2014