The Civic Centre provides a central place for the Shellharbour community to gather, learn, communicate, celebrate and interact. As we move toward the future, it will become the heart of Shellharbour City.
The building is based on a 'wave' concept, incorporating a curved roof on the exterior. The interior enjoys maximum natural light and open spaces to deliver comfort and a welcoming space.
The Civic Centre was completed in January 2018 and features:
The Shellharbour Civic Centre has received a number of awards since opening in 2018. These awards were based around design and architecture and have been awarded to the Shellharbour Civic Centre and the Shellharbour City Library. The awards consist of:
- The award for public architecture which was part of the NSW architecture awards in 2019. It was awarded to Design Inc in association with Lacoste + Stevenson for the Shellharbour Civic Centre by the jury nominated to select the most outstanding work of architecture in NSW from those projects meeting the conditions of the Australian Institute of architects in the year 2019.
- The award in the architectural design urban design and public spaces categories of the international Good design awards in 2020. It was awarded to Turf Design Studio in collaboration with Design Inc and Lacoste + Stevenson, with public art by Kim Williams and Uncle Steven Russel for the Civic Square of the Shellharbour Civic Centre. The awards jury ruled this space gave the city centre ”an iconic heart that the community can be proud of – a green, welcoming hub that is soft, informal and offers a place of both activity and respite”. This is an internationally recognised award.
- The Australian Library and Information Association's Library design award that was presented to Shellharbour City Library. The build of the library was managed by Shellharbour City Council's Civic Centre Project Control Group in conjunction with Savills Project Management. The award was presented to joint architects Design Inc, Lacoste + Stevenson and Turf Design studio in the public category in 2019, for the design of the Shellharbour City Library.
The design of the building ensured it met the highest environmental standards, including a 5-star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
The building is designed to reflect the coastal and escarpment setting of the city, including a wave-like roof spanning the majority of the building's form. The design allows for flexibility, with energy-efficient air conditioning for the hottest and coldest times of the year, and natural heating and cooling for the months in between.
The building’s many environmental initiatives decrease running costs, and help reduce Council’s ecological footprint.
The Civic Centre is an accessible building and includes designated accessible parking spaces, elevator access, accessible toilets and hearing loop.
For more information or to discuss specific access requirements, please contact us.
In the late 1970s Council developed a vision to create a commercial centre for the city with the support of the NSW Department of Planning. An Interim Development Order was put in place and Council planned and developed a city centre area almost 70 hectares in size. In 1993 Council adopted its plan for the City Centre.
Extensive community consultation in 2010 identified that the area lacked a "City Heart" - a place for people to meet, socialise, access services, exercise cultural and recreational pursuits and a place that people identify as the centre of Shellharbour City. The civic centre is intended to fulfil those needs.
Shellharbour City Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Dharawal Country and recognises their continued connection to the land.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and the contribution they make to the life of this City.