The Land Development Agency (LDA) has released the Master Plan for Section 49 Kingston, otherwise known as the ‘Kingston Arts Precinct’ or ‘Kingston Cultural Precinct’.
The 5.4 hectare site, bounded by Wentworth Avenue, Eastlake Parade and Giles Street, contains historic buildings such as the Kingston Glassworks, Fitters’ Workshop and the Old Bus Depot Markets.
Retaining the heritage buildings and maintaining the visual prominence of the Powerhouse and Fitters’ Workshop buildings is contained within the plan, according to an article in the Canberra Times.
The master plan paints the area as becoming a high-quality, mixed-use cultural precinct including a visual arts hub, commercial office and retail opportunities, residential space, open public areas and a multi-storey car park.
The proposed arts hub will be made up of both purpose-built buildings and existing heritage sites, forming a focal point for the precinct and increasing activity in the area outside the traditional peak hours.
Up to 30 per cent of the site would be designated as open space.
The Economic Development Directorate is also considering the construction of a multi-storey car park, with requirements for up to 1575 spaces considered.
A $300,000 feasibility study will now be completed by Colin Stewart Architects to investigate planning and construction, according to Arts Minister Joy Burch.
“The Kingston Foreshore is rapidly developing as an exciting precinct with homes, restaurants, cafes and wonderful arts facilities,” Ms Burch said.
“artsACT has been working closely with the Land Development Agency to ensure that development of the arts precinct fits within the wider redevelopment of the Kingston Foreshore.”