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Parliament Square
Hobart-parl square illustration.jpg
Artist's impression of the Parliament Square Development
Type Public space
Location Australia Hobart, Australia
Area 7,322 m2 (78,810 sq ft)
Operated by Citta Property Group
Status Under Construction

Parliament Square is a historic city block, located directly behind the Tasmanian Parliament House in Hobart, Tasmania. It is presently under redevelopment, and upon completion will include Marriot International hotel, seven retail spaces, state government office building and plaza.

The block is bound by Davey Street to the north, Murray Street to the east, Salamanca Place to the west and Parliament House to the south. The block has an approximate area of 7,322 m2.


In April 2009 the Tasmanian Government shortlisted three proposals for the redevelopment of the area. The Government announced Citta Property Group as the preferred company to undertake the project. Citta plans to give the area a Federation Square feel with the demolition of the State Offices at 10 Murray Street and the opening up of the Murray Street side. The plan will upgrade and maintain the older Davey Street facing buildings, as well as building a new seven-storey building facing Salamanca Place. There will also be shops, cafes and an amphitheatre with a large screen for public events.

Of the three shortlisted proposals, one design would have retained and retrofitted the modernist building at 10 Murray Street, whilst the two other plans required demolition of the building.

The proposal is subject to a planning appeal lodged by members of the "Save 10 Murray" group on the grounds that 10 Murray Street is a historically and culturally significant building. The group also objects to the demolition of the former Government Printing Office, a heritage-listed art deco building.

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