Campbell 5: Canberra’s newest precinct building strong community spirit

Sophia Brady 25 July 2018
Building strong community spirit at C5 Greenwich. Brigette Bowes (Building Manager), Helena Sugar (Strata Manager) Jenny Campbell (Executive Chair). Images supplied.

Building strong community spirit at C5 Greenwich. Brigette Bowes (Building Manager), Helena Sugar (Strata Manager) Jenny Campbell (Executive Chair). Photos: Supplied.

As an all-encompassing destination village and park side living quarter, Campbell 5 precinct is one of the most visionary developments in Canberra. Located just minutes from the CBD, and flanked by Lake Burley Griffin, Mount Ainslie and the new purpose-built award-winning Hassett Park, the precinct offers unparalleled amenities and proximity to the city’s most iconic outdoor spaces.

This ambitious project of JWLand, consisting of five sites with a total land area of 22,000 square-metres, to house over 500 apartments when fully finished, is set to reinvigorate the city’s architectural, social and residential landscape. As Canberra grows in population and prosperity so do our expectations, especially when purchasing real estate. Residents are wanting more than just an apartment; they want a holistic modern lifestyle surrounded by conveniences and a community.

Each of the five individual buildings in the development draws inspiration from global cities and precincts renowned for their atmosphere and neighbourhood charm. The first four (of five) stages of release include Parisian-inspired Saint-Germain, New York-themed Greenwich Park, Danish-designed Køben and Italian-inspired Siena. Saint-Germain and Greenwich are now complete and residents are enjoying establishing their homes and building a strong community.

Alan Robertson, a resident of Greenwich

Alan Robertson, a resident of Greenwich.

Alan Robertson, a resident of Greenwich, is at the forefront of ensuring an inclusive sustainable community through his vision of establishing a community edible garden. A seasoned self-described “Guerrilla Gardener”, Alan is used to building something out of nothing, establishing and maintaining two of the three community gardens in New Acton, one at A.Baker and the other at John Avery Gardens.

“I convinced the building Executive Committee to terminate the services of the contract gardener and instead allow me to form a group of resident volunteer gardeners at Greenwich. Currently, there are 26 keen volunteers,” said Alan.

The current plans include establishing the rooftop garden beds, with Alan saying “The eastern side does not get much sun in winter so we are recommending planting citrus trees including kaffir limes and cumquats, plus looking to introduce some hardy herbs, like rosemary, sage, tarragon. While on the western side, we will concentrate on planting more seasonal vegetables, spring onions and lettuces”.

Rooftop garden beds

Rooftop garden beds.

Vantage Strata are the Body Corporate and Strata Managers at St Germain and Greenwich and are at the forefront of fostering a cohesive community based on collaboration and open information through its owners and resident online portal. Chris Miller, Managing Director at Vantage Strata says “It is an important management tool which retains building documents about the owners’ corporation but it is also a community engagement tool. The Executive Committee, as well as Vantage Strata, communicate with residents and owners in real time through the portal. Announcements cover everything from service interruptions to neighbourhood events.”

“Vantage Strata does things differently to contemporaries so we are also talking to local businesses to offer exclusive benefits to residents through the portal and really open up the relationship between commercial tenants and householders.”

Chris Antos, Sales & Leasing Executive at Laing & Simmons Commercial, has been working tirelessly at attracting the right mix of commercial tenants. “So far on the commercial side of C5 we have a café called INTRA, the JWLand residential display suite is about to be ready, and the office for (AHISA) Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia is now operating on level 1. We can also reveal a hair salon and florist will be coming. Both are existing operators in the area and are excited to establish new relationships in C5.” said Chris.

“The ceilings are all 5m or higher, so it’s got a sense of grandeur and potential to be really opulent if the retailers get the fit out done right. It’s one of the few master-planned precincts in Canberra, so to a certain degree as the leasing agents we have a bit of control over the retail mix, and can tailor it to suit the needs of the consumers and avoid too much double-up of the same old offerings.”

The Campbell 5 commercial tenants will be in good company, with nearby Campbell favourites Teddy Picker’s cafe and The Pedlar pub in an adjacent pre-existing development as part of the neighbourhood. Since opening in 2016, the two eateries have become favourites amongst local residents, tradies from the C5 worksite, and Russell offices workforce. When fully finished and realised, the area is set to become an urban oasis offering conveniences and amenities to visitors and residents alike, with Chris Antos saying, “This location has almost got the potential to be a fresh, more modern version of Manuka. Obviously, this will continue to grow and develop as the precinct does as well.”

Further information on Campbell 5 is available online.

Visit the Vantage Strata website for further information on their services.

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