1 March 2017

Adina Apartments Grand Hotel joins bike-friendly CBD development

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A new Adina Apartment Grand Hotel will fill the lower four floors of one of the two buildings that will form the $300 million Constitution Place development in Civic East, with space for for 500 bicycles and 550 cars within three basement levels below the development.

The Capital Property Group (CPG)-developed complex will be built on the site of the carpark currently adjacent to the ACT Legislative Assembly and Canberra Theatre.

Stephen Byron, managing director of CPG and of Canberra Airport, said today that the 9000sqm site would accommodate 20,000sqm of offices for the ACT Government over five stories in one building, and 20,000sqm of 12-storey commercial accommodation in addition to the 132-room hotel in the other.

“This development will be Canberra’s number one corporate address,” Mr Byron said.

“It’ll create a vibrant precinct that will be the new epicentre of work, culture, dining and socialising in our national capital.”

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He noted that the development would be brought to market by the same award-winning combination that delivered the Vibe Canberra Airport Hotel: Capital Property Group, Bates Smart and the Toga Group (the operator of both Vibe and Adina hotels among others).

As the first private sector building to be constructed on the Vernon Circle side of London Circuit east of Northbourne Avenue, it would sit on “a critical location, at a pivotal point in the city”.

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The development is to feature a gym, childcare facility, cafes and restaurants.

“The current outdoor carpark for 225 cars will be replaced by a three-level underground carpark for 550 cars,” Mr Byron said.

“This building in the basement will include over 500 spaces for bicycle parking, over 50 showers for people to use, and together we’ll deliver a towel and support service so that it is effortless and stylish and truly five-star experience.”

The executive said the developer’s focus had been on the needs of those who will eventually use the site and on ensuring the project was based on an environmentally friendly design.

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“The cornerstone of that approach will be that this building will be the first WELL rated building in Canberra,” he said.

“What is WELL? Well, it’s almost what it sounds. It’s about everything about how you feel, living and working in the building. It looks at the impact of everything in that building to provide a truly healthy working environment.”

This would include the sort of food on sale in the cafe, the management of the childcare centre on level one, the gym, and the “end of trip facilities” for cyclists and runners.

The ACT Government building will be 5-star NABERS energy-rated with a 200kw roof-mounted solar array reducing its carbon footprint.

Mr Byron said height restrictions meant the Constitution Place tower was not likely to include the same solar set-up.

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The urban space between the two buildings would consist of a Melbourne CBD-style laneway in which Canberrans would be able to socialise and dine out. A new Legislative Plaza would connect the new development with the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The Airport and CPG boss said the development was close to the hearts of the family-run business.

“As many of you will know, our family started commercial life in the city developing buildings in the ’80s and ’90s for the private sector,” Mr Byron said.

“Before that, my great-grandfather opened Canberra’s first general store, Snows, on the same street, in the Sydney Building, in the 1920s.

We’re clearly passionate about Canberra and making it Australia’s most liveable, vibrant city, and we’re committed to providing the same excellence evident at the Canberra Airport to this project.”

Construction is due to begin mid-year with completion scheduled for August (the hotel and commercial building) and October (the ACT Government HQ) of 2020.

The hotel will include studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments and form part of the TFE Hotels stable. TFE has a portfolio of 100 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe and with 20 in the design or construction phase, to open the next five years. Its six hotel brands include Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and the new TFE Hotels Collection. The Kurrajong Hotel in Barton is among TFE’s Canberra properties.

The company was established in 2013 as a joint venture between Australia’s long-established apartment and hotel development and management company, Toga Group (1963), and Singapore’s Far East Hospitality Holdings.

The project team for the Constitution Place development consists of head contractor Construction Control, architects Bates Smart, services designers NDY, civil engineers Calibre, programmers Think Project Planning and cost planners Property Concept & Management.

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wildturkeycanoe7:51 am 04 Mar 17

“a critical location” – What exactly does that mean, if it isn’t built on that spot something bad will happen to Canberra?
“Australia’s most liveable, vibrant city” There go the CBR catchphrases again. What is it with this word “vibrant” and its attachment to anything the government does? They could build a sewerage treatment plant, call it vibrant and the word would mean no more or less than it does in this article. As for liveable, to give it some emphasis, where in the world can we find a city that isn’t livable except for the few exceptions such as Chernobyl and Fukushima?
“to provide a truly healthy working environment.” How is enclosing everyone in a glass cocoon healthy? Looks to me like the offices are pretty much the same as any office building in Canberra.
“based on an environmentally friendly design”. So, what part of this building is good for the environment? I don’t see a lot of trees growing on the roof or habitats for native animals to dwell in. All I see is another energy consuming behemoth with no natural airflow [relying on electricity to distribute heating and cooling] and plenty of artificial surface area to capture the sun’s rays and create a heat island.
I also can not see why the government needs more office space. Did they not recently move most of the health department to Woden and the Department of Agriculture to Armidale? Do the current offices not provide adequate space or do public servants simply complain too much if they aren’t provided new premises and office furniture every few years?
So pleased to see our taxes going to such worthy causes.

bringontheevidence2:56 pm 03 Mar 17

Masquara said :

Height restrictions make solar impossible? How so?

It’s not ‘impossible’, its just not commercially sensible. If you can only build to a strict 617m AHD (roughly 55m above ground on this site) then adding a metre or two on top to install solar panels means they probably have to lower the number of floors, substantially lowering the value of the building.

Masquara said :

Height restrictions make solar impossible? How so?

My guess is adding solar panels on top would push it over the height limit., and they aren’t going to give up floor space ($$) to reduce the height for a few solar panels

Paul Costigan2:12 pm 02 Mar 17

as I said “a piece of contemporary (ordinary) commercial architecture (Glass and steel) – nothing special but nothing too ugly”

But to say more – the sad thing is that it is so contemporary as is found anywhere in the world where these things are popping up.

Sad that someone in government procurement was not insisting on something original – not that pretend ‘star’ architecture stuff (hang decorative metals things off the front etc) – but something that for such an important site should be a landmark building.

and the more I look at the sketches for the landscape in between – the more it looks totally boring. If so – a real wasted opportunity.

Maryann Mussared1:45 pm 02 Mar 17

Windows that don’t open – my idea of purgatory….

Contemporary? The acute angles make it look just like the Dental Hospital near Central Station in Sydney. And it opened in 1940.

Paul Costigan8:58 am 02 Mar 17

First impressions – looks like a piece of contemporary (ordinary) commercial architecture (Glass and steel) – nothing special but nothing too ugly – not sure what it will do to the long term overall aesthetic of Civic (better than some there now). The facilities sound very good. As for ‘Melbourne’ lane-ways – please stop using that cliche; not all Melbourne lane ways work as places to sit outside – especially on cold windy days. Having outside spaces is very good – but the design of the outside spaces, as shown, looks to be very very basic – boring – definitely not good. Yet again – architects do not do outside spaces very well.

As to that rooftop solar restriction? I agree – what’s that all about? or is it an excuse being offered because they do not want to do it?

Height restrictions make solar impossible? How so?

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