Expressions of interest are now open for Council's historical building

Friday 11 February 2022

Image of the building at 12 16 Peel Street Collingwood. A brick building on a corner of Peel Street Park with posters on the walls.

Repurposing and use of 12-16 Peel Street Collingwood (Stage 1)

The City of Yarra is requesting expressions of interest from not-for profit community organisations to participate in a two (2) stage process to occupy Council’s building at 12-16 Peel Street Collingwood (the building) under a long-term tenancy arrangement.

Council is interested in receiving submissions from not-for-profit organisations (with or without the ability to provide a capital contribution) and that can demonstrate a capacity to service the community by:

  • providing educational and skill development programmes or
  • perhaps from community organisations offering affordable creative spaces for low-income industry workers.

The examples of potential community services mentioned are not prescriptive or exhaustive.

Overall, Council is seeking to yield the best social return on investment for its community and the principles that will apply to the assessment and a description of the two (2) stage process are described below.

It is important to note that in 2021, Council received funding support from the State Government under a pilot programme to provide creative workspaces and has entered into a short-term lease for use of the building to 30 June 2023. It is envisaged that the Expression of Interest (EOI) process that includes an opportunity for a preferred candidate to complete due diligence and apply for permits (if required) and Council to satisfy statutory requirements can be finalised prior to the surrender of the interim lease. In this regard, security of tenure can be offered by Council under an agreement for lease once Council’s statutory obligations are satisfied.

The site

The site comprises a two-storey building within a park with a total approximate area of 1140m2.

There are basic amenities, such as toilets, tea points and a small wet area.

The ground level consists of three divided spaces and the upper level consists of a single space accessible by stairs.

Please refer to the guidelines for further details.

How to submit applications

 Applications can be made online by email to

Applicants are encouraged to include supporting documentation that would provide evidence against the selection criteria. This could include previous annual reports, portfolio of works, testimonials and support letters.

Applications must be received by email before 11:00pm Friday 25 February 2022.

Applicants should expect to be notified of the outcome of  stage one (1) by 11 March 2022.

Thank you for your interest.

Download the EOI guidelines (PDF, 319kb)


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