12 October 2020

Doma lays out timetable for Canberra Brickworks development

| Ian Bushnell
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An artist’s vision of how the redeveloped Brickworks site might look. Images: Supplied.

Doma Group expects to begin construction on its Canberra Brickworks development by August next year as it continues to work on the draft Estate Development Plan.

The spotlight has been cast on the 380-home inner south development in Yarralumla with the start of construction on the new access road from Dudley Street, which is also being upgraded to take more traffic.

Doma won the right to redevelop the 16-hectare historic site in 2017 and last year signed an agreement with the ACT Government paving the way for the development to go ahead.

Managing director Jurie Domazet said the draft Estate Development Plan contained the master plan, the quarry park, all of the commercial areas as well as the first residential stages, which include 115 apartments, 20 terraces, 22 townhouses and some house blocks.

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He said one of these stages included the public car park that will service the quarry park and the heritage core, which will contain the commercial and retail businesses in the development.

Doma plans to submit the development application in January.

Mr Domazet said the first residential release would be in the second quarter of 2021, and the first residential building completed in early 2023.

“We will be providing direct updates to people who have registered their interest to purchase,” he said.

Doma is also starting to plan an extensive health and wellness centre along with a spa and clinic that will extend its offering at Hale Gym and Spa at the Brassey Hotel in Barton.

”This will form a cornerstone of the retail offering, along with a bakery, cafes, restaurants and a bar, underpinning our theme of this being a development that will encourage its residents and visitors to keep or start feeling active, young and healthy,” Mr Domazet said.

Territory agencies and the ACT Heritage Council have commented on Doma’s concept Estate Development Plan, Conservation Management Plan and approach to the adaptation and reuse of the heritage assets on the site.

Some of the brickwork kilns will be retained for commercial and retail use and there are plans to restore others. Early in the process, the developers said that an arts and crafts precinct was being considered and a museum telling the site’s story has also been flagged.

Mr Domazet said the development application would also require an Environmental Impact Statement and Statements of Heritage Effects from the ACT Heritage Council.

Doma continues to have monthly consultations with the Community Panel constituted by the Suburban Land Agency, and will present the agency and Heritage Council feedback at Hotel Realm on Tuesday, 27 October from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The event will also be available online and people need to register at Brickworks.

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