28 January 2020

Canberra Centre plans new bar and restaurant on Bunda Street

| Ian Bushnell
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New streetscape

An artist’s impression of what the new streetscape will look like. Images: Maher Architecture.

The owner of the Canberra Centre is continuing to upgrade the city retail hub, with plans to create a new restaurant and outdoor dining space along the southern end of Bunda Street.

Queensland Investment Corporation is seeking to amalgamate two small tenancies and a store room into one larger bar and restaurant, including a new mezzanine level.

It says the $650,000 project aims to improve the quality of the streetscape and offering in this part of the Canberra Centre (Block 3 Section 53), and complement other works undertaken recently.

This includes new shopfronts and awnings nearby on Bunda Street and the external façade upgrades of Monaro Mall at Block 1 Section 51. At the northern end of Bunda Street, new shops and external escalators are being constructed.

Bunda Street

The existing site on Bunda Street.

This DA also proposes new shopfront façades and a new colonnade awning, extending the existing one of the adjacent tenancy along the southern end of Bunda Street to the Ainslie Mall bridge.

“The facade treatment and new awning will create a point of interest and improved urban amenity along Bunda Street and integrate this facade with more recent Canberra Centre developments,” the DA says.

It says the work will create a new retail mix and make it easier for pedestrians to access the shops from the street.

“The resultant activation of Bunda Street will have a positive impact on the quality of the public realm in the vicinity of the site,” the DA says. “The new facade and awning will add character to the building and provide a more integrated design to correspond with other Canberra Centre developments along Bunda Street.”

Will this new city centre upgrade draw you to Bunda Street?

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