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Hindmarsh’s twin towers to dominate Woden skyline

Ian Bushnell 2 July 2019 51

An illustration from the DA showing the proposed development.

Hindmarsh has scaled back plans for its massive mixed-use development in Phillip but its twin towers will still rise 25 and 26 storeys to become the tallest residential building south of the lake.

The original proposal on the corner of Easty and Wilbow Streets included four towers of between nine and 27 storeys in height, with 710 apartments, above and below ground parking, internal landscaping, and ground level commercial space.

But after community concern about its scale, overshadowing and changes to the planning laws, Hindmarsh has lodged a development application for a three-building complex sitting on a four-level podium – 25 and 26-storey towers containing 437 apartments, including penthouses, and eight town houses on the south-east of the podium.

Hindmarsh says the new design reduces the bulk and scale of the development by creating two slender towers and minimises the impact of overshadowing on nearby development and public spaces, particularly the nearby three-storey Wilara complex.

It says this also means greater privacy for residents’ living areas and private open space balconies and more sunshine, particularly those facing toward the centre of the development.

An aerial view of the car parking.

An aerial view of the proposed above-ground parking.

But Woden Valley Community Council says the development is still too big and overshadowing remains a concern. It would prefer a single tower and the rest 12 storeys or lower.

“While we welcome development in Woden, the size and scale of this development and the associated overshadowing is overwhelming and unnecessary,” President Fiona Carrick said.

As well as Willara, the site’s neighbours include the low-rise Avoca Apartments, Woden Early Childhood Centre, Canberra HealthPoint and the Woden Police Station.

The proposal also includes the ground level commercial tenancies and residential lobbies, with public car parking. Resident parking would be located in the basement, mezzanine and levels 1 and 2 of the podium, while level 3 of the podium would have communal facilities and landscaped areas.

Hindmarsh says the vision for the site is to create a precinct that focuses on connectivity and face-to-face interaction, where people can meet either intentionally or by chance and build community through common spaces.

It says the Woden Town Centre Master Plan allows for a signature building on the site and the design comprises a precinct developed around a central podium, that draws residents and visitors to a light-filled green space to connect with the residences above.

Earlier in the year, Willara resident Dione Smith launched a Legislative Assembly petition sponsored by Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur against the development.

Ms Smith, who moved into Willara at the end of 2014 and sees herself on the front line, cited overshadowing, ‘retrospective’ rezoning and inadequate traffic management infrastructure.

High-rise development is changing the face of Woden, with Geocon’s Grand Central Towers and WOVA projects, Amalgamated Property’s Ivy and Oaks developments and Doma’s refurbishment of the former office buildings near the library part of the shift to high-density living.

The eventual extension of light rail to Woden is also encouraging development with many proponents using it in their marketing.


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51 Responses to Hindmarsh’s twin towers to dominate Woden skyline
Jane Stubbs Jane Stubbs 5:25 pm 05 Jul 19

Just what we need...

A+ for stupidity.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 6:17 pm 03 Jul 19

In the days since 18 May, the incessant Clive Palmer TV adverts seemed to have been replaced by adverts for high-rise Canberra apartments – so there’s obviously a huge demand for developments like this……

turnitup turnitup 1:39 pm 03 Jul 19

This is a good development. It is right on the main bus route to city and there really isn’t much to be over shadowing. Woden is totally dead at night and weekends. It needs this sort of thing to bring it to life. I have lived in Lyons for 15yrs and totally support high rise Woden. It is one of the most appropriate places in the whole of ACT to build that style. There simply is no view to block out. You can at least create a view with a tall tower.

Kerry Dent Kerry Dent 10:21 am 03 Jul 19

Should be regulation to limit building heights so sunlight on adjoining buildings is not blocked. Otherwise creating dismal places for people to live.

Lyndon Zoukowski Lyndon Zoukowski 10:18 am 03 Jul 19

Great idea

Beau Apps Beau Apps 6:29 am 03 Jul 19

Build them ! Get Canberra booming this city is changing for the good , great construction jobs for the future

    Toby McLenaghan Toby McLenaghan 11:44 am 03 Jul 19

    Beau Apps damn right, Keep this town moving. It will never be a Sydney however it hasn’t been its big old country town for a couple of years now

    Maddison Farrawell Maddison Farrawell 12:38 am 04 Jul 19

    Justin Stark THIS

Jacob Moir Jacob Moir 11:39 pm 02 Jul 19

Kingsley glad I avoided it

Cathie Clayton Cathie Clayton 11:31 pm 02 Jul 19

I'm concerned about the amount of traffic it will bring to the tiny, already clogged, little streets around there.

Peter Ellis Peter Ellis 11:24 pm 02 Jul 19

What do the shadow diagrams look like?

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 10:04 pm 02 Jul 19

Some people will have a lovely view of the cemetery. Hope they're okay living next to the dead.

Also, I think there should be concerns for a residential building being this tall next to a secure complex like a police station.

    Elroy Jones Elroy Jones 10:31 pm 02 Jul 19

    Gwg Heldon why?

    Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 11:19 pm 02 Jul 19

    Some people are anti police. Some people could throw things into the complex.

    They would be the start of my concerns.

    Elroy Jones Elroy Jones 8:13 am 03 Jul 19

    Gwg Heldon that’s ridiculous. Can’t they throw things from the street?

    Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 8:45 am 03 Jul 19

    Elroy Jones it's not ridiculous at all. And throwing something down from 26 floors up will have greater impact and damage than throwing something over a fence at street level.

Dave Lenihan Dave Lenihan 10:00 pm 02 Jul 19

Who is living in all these bloody things?

Steve Winchester Steve Winchester 9:22 pm 02 Jul 19

Yeah, like Canberra needs more units.

    Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 10:00 pm 02 Jul 19

    Steve Winchester well none of them are empty....

    Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 9:14 am 03 Jul 19

    Neenie Baines they're struggling to sell them or Geocon wouldn't have had that offer recently to pay your deposit. 6 week campaign. My Facebook feed was full of the ad.

Scott Humphries Scott Humphries 9:20 pm 02 Jul 19

They look good

Kerri Briggs Kerri Briggs 9:11 pm 02 Jul 19

This is truly awful!! Typical ACT government 🤑

Nicole McGuire Nicole McGuire 9:01 pm 02 Jul 19

Hindmarsh lol doesn’t have the quality of the old days

Susie Deards Susie Deards 8:51 pm 02 Jul 19

I feel sorry for the little daycare centre that is right next to this proposal. 😞

    Peter Ellis Peter Ellis 11:22 pm 02 Jul 19

    Susie Deards for how long?

    Elizabeth Zatschler Elizabeth Zatschler 4:36 am 03 Jul 19

    just like the one in Gungahlin. A childcare that used to be on its own surrounded now by the twin towers and 3 more huge ugly buildings. No sun in the play areas for those kids now. Also issues with residents parking in the childcare carpark. It will likely be the same in Woden.

    Andy Ellis Andy Ellis 1:59 pm 03 Jul 19

    Susie Deards oh no, mild housing density

Tracey Crump Tracey Crump 8:49 pm 02 Jul 19

I thought it would be near impossible to build something uglier, or less suited to the surrounds than Sky Plaza....turns out, I was wrong..

Steve Smith Steve Smith 8:24 pm 02 Jul 19

I really think that anyone who builds this high in the current climate has rocks in their head. They will be hard to sell.

Tracey Farrar Tracey Farrar 8:16 pm 02 Jul 19

It will be as ugly as the twin towers in Gungahlin. Totally ruins the area.

Tim Mak Tim Mak 8:13 pm 02 Jul 19

Canberra is a small city. Alas, it is no longer a big town.

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