New Marrickville library and community spaces

Public art for Patyegarang Place – artist call-out

Mirvac render of Site 3 (Open Space Wall)Inner West Council is seeking inspiring concepts for public art at Patyegarang Place – Inner West Council’s new Marrickville Library and community spaces.

Visit the public art for Patyegarang Place page to read more and download the artist brief and related documents.

Submissions close 5pm, Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Council is partnering with Mirvac to develop the former Marrickville Hospital site, bordering Marrickville Road, Livingstone Road and Lilydale Street. The development consists of a new larger library and much needed new community and cultural facilities, open space and residential apartments.

Latest news

  • Early demolition works have commenced on-site including salvage of heritage items. The works were previously approved by Council and are not part of the DA currently under consideration.
  • Independent planners commissioned by Council are assessing the DA for the site lodged by Mirvac.
  • Mirvac has lodged a Development Application (DA) for the site. Submissions closed on Thursday 24 November 2016.
  • Council permanently closed the car park on the corner of Livingstone and Marrickville Roads in mid-November 2016 due to works commencing on the sewer line.

Community updates

What is the new Marrickville Library and Community Spaces?

It will be a hub of community interactivity where people engage with technology, information, ideas, and each other; a space that includes a larger library, and much needed community and cultural facilities. A place for personal or group study, meetings, and to explore common issues together – where current technology helps people explore the world of learning, culture, information, and history. A multicultural community space that is a focal point in Marrickville, a space for people to gather that acknowledges our Aboriginal history and also represents the diversity of our community. It will be a place where the community can come together for events, in the open space or in one of the venues available to hire.

The vision for the new Marrickville Library is of a building that is eye-catching, iconic, and yet welcoming. Seamlessly integrating contemporary design and heritage elements, the new Library will contain collection space, meeting rooms, youth space, a technology area, a children's zone with its own outdoor play space and a café.

The main hospital building and the old nurse's quarters will be fully conserved and reused as part of the redevelopment, while the old hospital lane will be retained as a central access way through the site.

The new Library will reinvigorate the old Marrickville Hospital site – a neglected location – into a place of civic pride.

What's in the residential development?

Three buildings on the northern side of the site will house 250 apartments, including nine set aside for affordable housing. Mirvac Design is collaborating with respected architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer to design the residential section.

Entry and exit of vehicles is from Livingstone Road.

What happens next?

Mirvac has submitted a Development Application (DA) including the community venues and open space, and detailed designs for the residential part of the site. View the DA here.

The DA will be assessed by independent planners and determined by the Central Sydney Planning Panel.

Mirvac will commence works on the site including demolition from early 2017 that were approved in previous development applications.

Construction is intended to commence mid-2017 subject to approvals.

If you wish to be informed of any updates, please email to be added to the database.

Video tour of the former Marrickville Hospital site

Take a short tour through the former hospital site in Marrickville that will soon become the new Marrickville Library.


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