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Contract awarded for West Basin redevelopment design

Ian Bushnell 24 July 2019 29

A future West Basin as depicted in a render from the tender document.

A company that has already delivered or is delivering five planning and design projects to the ACT Government has been selected to realise the City Renewal Authority’s vision for the controversial West Basin area on Lake Burley Griffin.

National architectural and planning firm Hames Sharley has been awarded a $453,000 contract to design the redevelopment of West Basin as a residential, business and recreational precinct.

Hames Sharley has been responsible for the design of major residential, commercial, university and sporting projects across the country including the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.

In Canberra, its work includes the Moncreiff East Estate Development Plan, Greenway Precinct Master Plan, and Molonglo Valley Stage 2, residential and urban development.

The Authority has already flagged the building of 2000 apartments as part of a major reshaping of West Basin into a waterfront community connected to the city, and tender documents describe the area as ‘unique’ in terms of  Government revenue opportunities.

The documents say Hames Sharley will be required to deliver a place plan, spatial master plan and urban design framework, that will contribute to the West Basin Review being led by Indesco Pty Limited, with which it will work in tandem with.

The place plan will identify West Basin as a desirable waterside community with places to live, work and play.

Unoccupied buildings on the site from previous businesses such as boat and bike hire will be demolished, and about 2.86 hectares of lake bed will be reclaimed to create a lake edge and support development of the proposed waterfront promenade.

The project will require an overhaul of road networks, including Parkes Way, and have to take into account plans for light rail Stage 2 to Woden, or at least 2A as the first section from the City to Commonwealth Park is now known after the Government decided to split the project into sections north and south of the lake.

Hames Sharley will have to consider the lowering of Parkes Way, a connecting road with London Circuit, a pedestrian path from Marcus Clarke Street, and any proposed land bridges.

Residential options should include social, affordable and public housing, and the design team will consider building density, sustainability, transport and parking, streetscapes, commercial and retail opportunities, and community facilities.

But the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians remain concerned that the Government is looking to maximise residential development at the expense of open space and that the environment will be destroyed in the process.

They say that the area can be revitalised without high density development.

The National Capital Authority will have to approve any redevelopment.


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29 Responses to Contract awarded for West Basin redevelopment design
andrebluegiant 10:57 pm 29 Jul 19

How do you get from driving on Commonwealth Av to Parkes Way?!

Rob Chalmers Rob Chalmers 9:47 pm 26 Jul 19

Looks like the light rail hasn't even made it to the lake in this future.

Dragica Ivanovic Dragica Ivanovic 8:36 pm 26 Jul 19

Don’t we have anyone in Canberra to do this?

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 2:07 pm 26 Jul 19

Personally, I don't think there's a lot of public space in that drawing.

I think you can put the stadium there, with a multi storey car park and leave the rest as open, public space. If needed, build over Parkes Way to extend the tunnel.

Simon Southwell Simon Southwell 11:33 am 26 Jul 19

Mmmmmm, I notice a stadium in this cartoon

Simon Argall Simon Argall 10:58 am 26 Jul 19

Don't stuff it up like the Kingston Foreshore.

chewy14 12:23 am 26 Jul 19

How dare they look at changing the foreshore of our man made lake with development.

Its outrageous, the car parks should be heritage listed i tells ya.

Ray Polglaze Ray Polglaze 11:11 pm 25 Jul 19

If you live in inner North Canberra, West Basin is the only area of the lake you can walk to that has not been concreted. It seems that for some people, everything has to be improved with a concrete boundary.

approx 8:44 pm 25 Jul 19

Serious questions – what did the ACT government do for revenue before they started selling land? And what do they currently exist for, other than to sell land? Are they an elected government or a real estate agency?

Why has it become so accepted in this territory that we must have open spaces and public housing sold off to private developers? What do we want for this city, now and for the future?

We still need an ACT ICAC. A real one. And a viable alternative to Labor.

    JC 6:42 am 26 Jul 19

    I will give you two hints.

    One this issue is not unique to Canberra, it is an issue all over Australia. Why the population is growing and people need to be accommodated. In the past that mean more and more urban sprawl but finally people have woken up to the fact that that is not sustainable to have 700m2 blocks of land with one or two people living on them.

    As for what the ACT government did for money in the past, simple the feds put more into the place but they have been slowly taking that out.

    Which means the economy in Canberra needs to diversify which in turn means we need more people, go back to first paragraph.

Kerry Dent Kerry Dent 3:51 pm 25 Jul 19

Hope the stadium in place of the Civic pool is not part of the plan. With more residences in Civic a community pool, which can be covered and heated, is a must. Stadium we have doing a good job.

    Mark Valerius Mark Valerius 6:06 pm 25 Jul 19

    An aquatic centre is part of the West Basin plan. There's an excellent video on You Tube called the City to the Lake Project.

    Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 10:15 pm 25 Jul 19

    Kerry Dent pretty sure that’s the building to the left

Mat Barber Mat Barber 2:29 pm 25 Jul 19

Just start it already!

Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 2:17 pm 25 Jul 19

I'm guessing Geocon

Steve Jones Steve Jones 1:44 pm 25 Jul 19

I can see Geocon right now rubbing their hands together.

    Mirjam Herzog Mirjam Herzog 12:44 am 29 Jul 19

    Steve Jones I just noticed tonight that in the current Geocon TV ad, the lady is smashing the window with the word "The Bush Capital" on it... It's not even a secret plan anymore... They simply dressed the ad girls a bit more decently and the world is OK again... :-(

Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 1:38 pm 25 Jul 19

Activating a completely dead and under-utilised section of the lake while connecting it to the nearby city? Sounds like a fantastic idea. Don’t let the people who want to travel an hour to work from the outer suburbs sway inner city design.

    Roderick Saunders Roderick Saunders 7:53 pm 25 Jul 19

    Daniel Königs the NIMBYs in the inner suburbs might be more of a threat? We have our own lakes in the outer suburbs 🙂

    Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 10:12 pm 25 Jul 19

    Roderick Saunders blue green algae doesn’t count as a lake

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 6:47 am 26 Jul 19

    Daniel Königs true, except for lake Gininderra (and Burley Griffin) the other lakes are water quality control ponds. The ones in Gungahlin prevent urban pollutants getting into Gininderra and lake Tuggeranong the Murrumbidgee.

Karen Sloane Karen Sloane 12:53 pm 25 Jul 19

hmmmm. our swimming pool just turned into a stadium?

    Dory Johns Dory Johns 12:54 pm 25 Jul 19

    Karen. They are all bent on getting rid of it. Maybe Andrew Barr needs swimming lessons

    Deb Graham Deb Graham 2:56 pm 25 Jul 19

    Dory Johns at the deep end? Without water wings

John Perkins John Perkins 11:44 am 25 Jul 19

The came they saw, they concreted. They just cannot leave things alone.

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