Social Infrastructure
Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise
2019 - 2019

Services Delivered:

  • Strategic assessment
  • Project evaluation
  • Peer review

Key Outcomes

ConnellGriffin delivered a concise peer review report with recommendations for alternative approaches to achieve the project outcomes. Our report researched the context and drew on insights from similar projects to recommend ways to deliver the economic development, adaptive reuse and community activation outcomes in Civic Centre.

The Project

In 2017, Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) released a call for expressions of interest (EOI) seeking proposals to run, manage and operate a co-working space at Civic Centre in Katoomba. The site was a former library and BMEE wanted to find a viable and productive use for the building to support economic, urban design and street activation objectives. Response to the EOI was low, and BMEE asked ConnellGriffin for an independent strategic review of the process and outcomes.


Blue Mountain Economic Enterprise asked ConnellGriffin for an independent and strategic assessment of the Katoomba co-working space to highlight alternative ways to achieve the project’s outcomes.


In 2017/18, a call for EOI to establish a co-working space in Katoomba received just one unsuccessful response and BMEE required a strategic assessment of the EOI process, the project’s objectives and to identify the reasons for low interest in the project.

Our Services

ConnellGriffin provided independent peer review and strategic evaluation of the project objectives and approach.

Our Advisors visited the site and also researched flexible working projects in the Blue Mountains and across NSW. By drawing on these insights, our Advisors recommended new approaches to deliver the project’s economic development, adaptive reuse and community activation objectives.

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