Marrickville Library and Community Hub

Marrickville Library and Community Hub

Archaeological Assessment and Advice
Heritage Brief
Heritage Advice
Heritage Impact Statements
Schedule of Conservation Works
Site Inspections during construction

Inner West Council

Marrickville, NSW

Set on the site of a former hospital, the new Marrickville Library and Community Hub is located within the civic heart of Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West. GML’s strategic advice, from design to build, helped conserve and repurpose the site’s early twentieth century heritage buildings in a striking example of adaptive re-use.

The former Marrickville Hospital buildings have been fully integrated and clearly expressed within the inspiring new Marrickville Library and Pavilion, designed by BVN Architects and selected through a design competition run by the former Marrickville Council (now Inner West Council) in 2011.

GML was involved with the project from inception through to completion. We worked closely with the design and construction teams, and with Council, to help bring the heritage of the place to life within the new community facility.

GML provided strategic heritage and archaeological advice, heritage impact assessments, detailed schedules of conservation work, and followed through with inspections and advice during construction.

The early twentieth-century hospital wards have been adapted as part of the library complex, forming a link between the new central community hub and the local neighbourhood.

Our work helped ensure the conservation and revitalisation of the former hospital buildings, which have revived the historic streetscape of Lilydale Street and provided the backdrop to the new community spaces at the core of the site.

GML understood the needs and constraints of working with local government and provided a professional and highly competent service. Their work contributed to the conservation and refurbishment of the heritage buildings and their successful incorporation into the new library facility. Inner West Council would be pleased to work with GML in the future.

Inner West Council

Marrickville Library Interior

Marrickville Library Outdoors

Marrickville Library Entrance


Winner, NSW Australian Institute of Architects, 2020 Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture

Winner, NSW Australian Institute of Architects, 2020 NSW Premier’s Prize

Winner, NSW Australian Institute of Architects, 2020 Public Architecture Award

Winner, NSW Australian Institute of Architects, 2020 People’s Choice Award

Commended, 2020 Marrickville Medal for Conservation