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12-storey apartment block with ground floor shops planned for Belconnen

Ian Bushnell 25 June 2019 16

An artist’s impression from the DA of the proposed 12-storey tower on Chandler Street in the Belconnen Town Centre.

Another high-rise development is in store for the Belconnen Town Centre, adding to the phalanx of towers that will eventually dominate the area.

A 12-storey, mixed-use building has been proposed for Chandler Street, on a block on the corner with Cameron Avenue opposite Geocon’s landmark High Society development.

Specialist property fund manager and investor RF Corval is behind the $41 million proposal, which aims to split the corner block in two, with the bottom south-west corner the site of the new building and the much larger top portion retaining the existing four-storey office building and the rest being developed into a new car park.

The development application also seeks to vary the lease to allow units, bar and restaurant, change the maximum allowable gross floor area, and allow for the removal of easements for public footpath and public access prior to subdivision.

The site is surrounded by proposed and already built high-rise developments including High Society, the 250-unit Linq development to the south-east, a 12-storey commercial building to the north being developed by the Canberra Labor Club, and to the south-west is the Oracle complex, comprising about 480 apartments. Across Chandler Street is also the UniLodge, housing University of Canberra students, and next door to the east is a Wilson surface car park. Nearby on Aikman Drive is the Wayfarer tower.

The high-rise building would have three levels of basement parking; ground level shops, offices, a podium level; and 11 levels of 121 one to three-bedroom apartments crowned by a communal rooftop garden.

Separate to to the 12-storey building, two levels of basement parking would be constructed on the bigger block

Separate to to the 12-storey building, two levels of basement parking would be constructed on the bigger block.

The DA says the building is characterised by a vertical glass façade element to Chandler Street, complemented by textured and variably coloured concrete elements.

“The presentation of the building will be further enhanced by the retention of significant street trees across the property frontages and a sophisticated landscaping palette at both ground level and above at Level 12,” it says.

The basement car park would have 129 spaces, including six disabled parking spaces and five; the ground floor 30 spaces, including two disabled and three motorcycle spaces, with access via a ramp from Basement Level 1.

The podium level would cater for 16 car parking spaces, including four disabled and nine motorcycle spaces, with access via a ramp from the ground floor level.

Separate to to the 12-storey building, two levels of basement parking would be constructed on the bigger block- 189 parking spaces, including nine disabled parking spaces and nine motorcycle parking spaces – plus 114 spaces at ground level.

Access to the basement would be via a connection to the basement beneath the existing commercial building. The existing basement is accessed via a ramp from a driveway off Cameron Avenue and is secured by a roller door.

Trees on the block would be cleared but replaced, and there would be extensive landscaping using drought-tolerant species suited to an urban environment.


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19 Responses to 12-storey apartment block with ground floor shops planned for Belconnen
Drew Reis Drew Reis 3:09 pm 04 Jul 19

Say NO to a concrete block future for Belconnen, Canberra:

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 12:43 am 27 Jun 19

Yoo woo. Just what Canberra needs. More apartments!!

Marcus Allan Marcus Allan 12:02 pm 26 Jun 19

I can see the cracks forming already.

Sharon Cobcroft - Kirk Sharon Cobcroft - Kirk 11:50 am 26 Jun 19

And Andrew I believe more for Benjamin way..chewing up part of Margaret Timpson Park. Thousands more kids play areas or road infrastructure...not everyone can catch a bus! Frustrating!!

Andrew Wadey Andrew Wadey 11:09 am 26 Jun 19

In what universe will that rendering be accurate? There is no angle from which that building will be that out in the open... There's high rise apartments going up everywhere there at the moment...

Mikey Moore Mikey Moore 8:56 am 26 Jun 19

I'm 100% on the 'build up, not out' bandwagon. But is a little architectural diversity too much to ask?? All these exposed concrete facades 🤮🤮🤮

Chris Bennett Chris Bennett 6:44 am 26 Jun 19

Can we first try tightening up the building regs? Because it seems that a lot of these are just shoddy workmanship made for a quick sale.

Julie Coker-Godson Julie Coker-Godson 12:00 am 26 Jun 19

Looks like the start of more tall buildings with wind tunnels and no sunlight, as in Civic.

Jason Malcolm Jason Malcolm 11:27 pm 25 Jun 19

Looks like the one going up opposite maccas in braddon!

    Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 9:01 am 26 Jun 19

    Jason Malcolm isn’t that an office building, mostly glass and no balconies? 🤔

    Jason Malcolm Jason Malcolm 9:27 am 26 Jun 19

    Daniel Königs as i said, looks like the one mentioned

Veronika Sain Veronika Sain 9:46 pm 25 Jun 19

Maybe they’ll get cheaper now everyone realises how badly these are built.

Libby Oakes-Ash Libby Oakes-Ash 7:30 pm 25 Jun 19

Omg when is this going to stop. Already way too many units in Belconnen please stop

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 11:41 pm 25 Jun 19

    It won't stop while the Australian (and therefore the Canberra) population is allowed to keep increasing. Those extra people need homes, and this is better than more green fields development spreading towards Yass and Cooma, taking farmland and natural woodland.

    Libby Oakes-Ash Libby Oakes-Ash 3:34 am 26 Jun 19

    Julie Macklin that is rubbish. There are so many poorly built apartments in Belconnen already with a range of problems. Investors who years ago got great rent have decreased rental income as there is toooo much on the market. For example one bedrooms in chandler st complex that we’re getting 380-400 are now renting for 310-320. Over supply. There is rampant development allowed to happen in our beautiful city without any thought to who is going to live in them. I know of units in Belconnen where purchasers are promised ridiculous amounts of rent by sales agents and then find that the market doesn’t support what they were told.

Hans Dimpel Hans Dimpel 6:16 pm 25 Jun 19

privatised certifiers?

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