"Ryrie HQ" officially opened

Barwon Water’s refurbished Geelong head office has opened its doors.

Minister for Water and Member for Bellarine the Hon Lisa Neville today officially opened the new headquarters in Ryrie Street, which now houses all of our Geelong-based employees under one roof.

Left to right: Barwon Water Chair Jo Plummer, Water Minister Lisa Neville, Barwon Water Managing Director Tracey Slatter

Wadawurrung Elder ‘Uncle’ Bryon Powell performed the Welcome to Country ceremony, including a traditional indigenous smoking ceremony, as part of the official proceedings. 

The $32 million project saw the former building, last updated in 1977, gutted and refurbished. About 100 jobs, many of them local, were created during construction.

The building, internally referred to as “Ryrie HQ”, has a 5-star Green Star rating, making it one of Geelong’s greenest businesses. Much of the building’s original concrete and steel building structure was retained, saving more than a million kilograms of CO2 emissions by minimising the use of new materials. Additionally, 80% of material removed from the site was recycled.

The modern design features a glass-walled infill connecting the north and south sections, innovative sun-shading façade, stormwater-irrigated rain garden, roof-top terrace, community café and open-plan layout accommodating up to 350 staff.

The project has helped revitalise Ryrie Street, and provides a new connection to Little Malop Street, linking with the arts and culture hotspot.

The refurbishment will nearly halve maintenance, operational and energy costs. The project is price-neutral, with these savings and consolidation of surplus buildings funding the work. Barwon Water customer bills have not been affected.

Barwon Water acknowledges the Wadawurrung people as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land on which the new building stands. We pay respect to Elders, past and present.

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