27 August 2019

Abandoned stairs to make way for new external escalator at Canberra Centre

| Lachlan Roberts
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The flight of stairs that lead to the level one food court in Canberra Centre are set to be replaced with escalators. Photos: Lachlan Roberts.

A flight of stairs is set to be demolished and replaced with new external escalators at the Bunda Street entrance of the Canberra Centre.

The planning report, which was prepared by Mather Architecture Pty Ltd, said the escalators will improve customer access to the centre’s level one food court and entertainment precinct along Bunda Street, which will soon be home to Kingpin.

If the development application is approved, the proposed works will include demolition of the existing stairs, new external escalators, new auto-doors and fixed façade glazing to the level one landing and modifications to the ground floor restaurant tenancy below the new proposed escalators.

The flight of stairs has been closed for some time.

The planning report said the $580,000 proposed works will enhance street activation to the centre as well as improving the overall amenity.

“The proposed works are an integral part of the Canberra Centre repositioning and will enhance business viability in the existing centre by better access to a high-quality shopping, dining and entertainment environment,” the report read.

“Once completed, the proposed works will have a positive impact on pedestrian movement and amenity as access to shops from the street will be improved and the general aesthetic of Bunda Street will be enhanced.

“The new external grade escalators will create a point of interest and improved urban amenity along Bunda Street and better integrate the first floor to the public realm at ground level.”

The proposed upgrades at the Canberra Centre follow recent internal refurbishment and external façade upgrades of Monaro Mall and the ongoing construction of external façade and awning upgrade further along Bunda Street.

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