Joynton Avenue Creative Centre

The former Esme Cahill building (nurses' quarters) on the former South Sydney Hospital site on Joynton Avenue in Zetland will be transformed into a creative community hub, with spaces for artist studios, performances and rehearsals and meetings.

This new creative hub will be called the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.

In 2014 we opened the design for these facilities for comment and the designs have now been approved by Council. The DA for the creative centre is was placed on public exhibition during 2014. A Development Application was approved in 2015.

Construction commenced in March 2016 with the centre planned to open in 2017.

The former Esme Cahill building (nurses' quarters) on the former South Sydney Hospital site on Joynton Avenue in Zetland will be transformed into a creative community hub, with spaces for artist studios, performances and rehearsals and meetings.

This new creative hub will be called the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.

In 2014 we opened the design for these facilities for comment and the designs have now been approved by Council. The DA for the creative centre is was placed on public exhibition during 2014. A Development Application was approved in 2015.

Construction commenced in March 2016 with the centre planned to open in 2017.
  • Work on Green Square Creative Community Centre

    12 months ago


    Work will start soon on the new Green Square Creative Community Centre at the former South Sydney Hospital site at 3 Joynton Avenue, Zetland. The City of Sydney expects construction to be finished by mid-2017.

    Works include refurbishing the three-storey former nurses’ quarters known as the Esme Cahill Building to provide a creative hub with artists’ studios, workshops, classrooms, gallery spaces and areas for the community to hire.

    The former pathology building will be transformed into a community shed for craft and woodwork, including an extension with public amenities.

    We will also create new open space – Matron Ruby Grant... Continue reading


    Work will start soon on the new Green Square Creative Community Centre at the former South Sydney Hospital site at 3 Joynton Avenue, Zetland. The City of Sydney expects construction to be finished by mid-2017.

    Works include refurbishing the three-storey former nurses’ quarters known as the Esme Cahill Building to provide a creative hub with artists’ studios, workshops, classrooms, gallery spaces and areas for the community to hire.

    The former pathology building will be transformed into a community shed for craft and woodwork, including an extension with public amenities.

    We will also create new open space – Matron Ruby Grant Park – for the community to enjoy.

    Construction will take place from 7.30am–5.30pm on Monday to Friday and 7.30am–3.30pm on Saturdays. No work is permitted on Sundays and public holidays.

    About the design

    The centre is part of an exciting new community space at Green Square. The design by Peter Stutchbury Architecture includes a new sheltered outdoor area inspired by the existing arched windows. The new Matron Ruby Grant Park will sit between the two buildings and will offer passive open areas and a community garden.

    More information

    For information about on-site construction matters, please contact Jason Gollan, Senior Project Manager, Lahey Constructions, the 24-hour site contact, on 0403 144 541.

    For information about the project, please contact Simon Collins, Senior Project Manager, City of Sydney on 9265 9333 or email scollins@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

    Thank you for your patience during the delivery of this important project for the Green Square area and community.

  • New Design Features

    over 2 years ago
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    The design for the Creative Centre will feature a new sheltered outdoor space. The form of the roof will reference the building’s existing arches on the façade and extend them to the north. 

    This ‘canopy’ creates a public transition zone between the building and park, opening it up from its previous boxed design as a nurses quarters. 

    The space will be used for a range of activities such as tai chi, art classes, musical recitals and community BBQ’s. It provides shaded space for summer gatherings and wet weather shelter for planned events and community meet ups.  These modifications to the... Continue reading

    The design for the Creative Centre will feature a new sheltered outdoor space. The form of the roof will reference the building’s existing arches on the façade and extend them to the north. 

    This ‘canopy’ creates a public transition zone between the building and park, opening it up from its previous boxed design as a nurses quarters. 

    The space will be used for a range of activities such as tai chi, art classes, musical recitals and community BBQ’s. It provides shaded space for summer gatherings and wet weather shelter for planned events and community meet ups.  These modifications to the Esme Cahill building will be sensitive to the existing heritage qualities of the building, with a focus on amplifying the characteristics of the building that make it unique.

    Public amenities will be provided in the Matron Ruby Grant Park, directly adjacent to the Community Shed (Pathology Building). Again the roofs structural design references that of the existing building’s, beginning in line with the gable then gradually fanning out as it extends west.

     A transparent material is proposed for the roof to allow natural light to flood into the public toilets, with brick and timber used for floors and walls, materials which are sympathetic to the sites heritage. A communal sink will slope in height to cater for all ages, providing access for children and adults.  


  • Thank you!

    over 2 years ago
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    Thank you for all your input on the proposed plans for the Green Square Creative Centre.

    We will now collate all your feedback and develop a report on the consultation. 

    We will be in contact soon with more news about the progress on this project. 

    Thank you for all your input on the proposed plans for the Green Square Creative Centre.

    We will now collate all your feedback and develop a report on the consultation. 

    We will be in contact soon with more news about the progress on this project.