Drone delivery areas for 152-unit urban village of the future

Ian Bushnell 7 December 2020 17
Gungahlin Town Centre

An artist’s impression of the proposed development. Images: JUDD Studio.

A 152-unit, mixed-use development in the Gungahlin Town Centre aims to be a precinct of the future, even allowing for drone delivery areas for each of its three buildings.

The 3196 square metre site at Block 3 Section 227 Gungahlin is located on the corner of Kate Crace Street and Efkarpidis Street, where developer Glav Corp had originally planned to build the Defence Housing Australia’s head office and then an office block after buying the land from the Eastlake Football Club next door.

It now wants to build a mixed commercial and residential development called East Garden Apartments or East Village that the DA says is designed to evolve into a shared community and for future lifestyles.


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This includes the drone delivery areas, parcel lockers, community noticeboard areas, apiary and private rooftop community garden areas for each building, as well as access to a shared commercial/residential lifestyle podium which encourages residents from different buildings to access and enjoy the entire development.

Designed by JUDD Studio, the proposal is for three buildings of up to eight levels connected by a publicly accessible podium.

The residential component will be a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments (92 x 1 bedroom, 56 x 2 and 11 x 3) to suit a broad demographic of people, with 20 per cent of apartments being adaptable.

The DA calls the lifestyle podium the beating heart of the development. It will house both residential and commercial tennants, provide a combined cafe and end of trip facility for cyclists, and building entries as well as parking.

The end of trip facility will provide, for a nominal fee, commuters with a bike storage area as well as shower and locker facilities, something Gungahlin Community Council had sought in talks with the developer, particularly in relation to the nearby light rail terminus.

Three main foyers are proposed – a main entry mid-development off Efkarpidis Street which is combined with the café, end of trip facility and a ‘Spanish steps’ connection; a corner foyer entry between two commercial tenancies that offers a prominent entry off Kate Crace Street; and a double-height entry off an internal lane where the parcel locker and post boxes will be located.

The live/work units in the podium are designed to offer a use not currently available in the town centre, and foster boutique businesses that will contribute to the sense of community.

Two levels of basement parking will provide 157 spaces, including spaces for a person with disabilities, with access from a driveway on Efkarpidis Street and the internal service lane.

Feedback from the Community Council early in the year had highlighted the importance of plantings and green space, and a design that creates opportunities for social encounters.

The DA says landscaping includes four zones for deep-root plantings, terraces and tree canopy cover, as well as communal areas with community vegetable or herb gardens.

Glav Corp also wants to change the lease to allow a range of retail, commercial and community uses, such as a shop, gym, health facility, restaurant, cultural centre, adult education facility and place of worship.


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17 Responses to Drone delivery areas for 152-unit urban village of the future
Tristan Crawford Tristan Crawford 5:29 pm 09 Dec 20

Except drones are required to be flown by direct line of sight in Australia. What's the point of drone delivery if the pilot needs to basically be at your doorstep.

Unless im missing something, drone delivery is not lawfull in Australia including the deliveries already in operation but im happy to be wrong and think the laws should be changed.

Lori J Tas Lori J Tas 8:51 pm 07 Dec 20

Seems sensible to me, these buildings will be round for at least 30 years, and who knows what 2050 will be like? Though I'm guessing drones will be a feature!

Here is my 9 mth old son with me during a drone delivery in Palmerston, I guess they will be normal for him :)

deidrie hall deidrie hall 5:39 pm 07 Dec 20

159 bedrooms altogether. With 157 parking spaces. Who did this??? ???

Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 8:13 am 07 Dec 20

They look like some Star Wars’ AT-AT Walkers settled in to stay.

Robert Hawes Robert Hawes 9:28 pm 06 Dec 20

What Gungahlin really needs are a few office blocks. Otherwise, the residents will all want to go to the city to work. You need some people to go the other way to work.

    Vander Leal Vander Leal 12:24 am 07 Dec 20

    Robert Hawes said that on a postabout a $300mi building in Civic saying more APS would be relocated there. I got bashed. People don't get why Canberra decentralised plan is studied around the world and prefer to push it to become a mini-metropolis so they can feel like they don't live in a major city (not realising they live in the best half million city in the whole world).

    Stuart Diener Stuart Diener 7:17 am 07 Dec 20

    It absolutely makes sense now to have a government hub in Gunghalin. Not everyone will work for whatever departments there, and not everyone that works there will live there, and you mayas well have full Trams going back from Civic to Gunghalin as well.

Brad Fraser Brad Fraser 7:52 pm 06 Dec 20

Good idea. Hopefully the landing and take-off of drones will not generate any noise, privacy, or security issues.

    Susan Guelman Susan Guelman 10:52 am 08 Dec 20

    Sorry Brad, our experience down south is that they generate all three. So very glad we drove them out. You have to hope you are not living beside someone who uses their services or under the flight path. Nightmare 😢

    Brad Fraser Brad Fraser 10:53 am 08 Dec 20

    Susan Guelman my point exactly

Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 7:27 pm 06 Dec 20

Drone delivery to the town center, because it’s so far to the town center to shop or get coffee. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤣😂

    Deidrie Elizeabeth Myers Deidrie Elizeabeth Myers 5:40 pm 07 Dec 20

    Soooooo far....... 😂😂😂

Ken Owers Ken Owers 6:03 pm 06 Dec 20

Great idea, it will be a quicker way to get shopping home rather than sit in gridlock traffic caused by a lack of road infrastructure :-)

    Vander Leal Vander Leal 12:21 am 07 Dec 20

    Ken Owers I'm with you here... It's just a matter of time...

    Brian McKenzie Brian McKenzie 9:26 am 07 Dec 20

    Randy Goldberg so because you haven’t experienced it, it doesn’t exist?

    Elroy Jones Elroy Jones 1:50 am 08 Dec 20

    Vander Leal then how on earth can you keen banging on about LR being a bad idea?

    Randy Goldberg Randy Goldberg 10:26 am 08 Dec 20

    Brian McKenzie traffic in canberra does exist but not on the same relative scale as sydney or Melbourne. That's all I'm saying.

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