6 June 2024

JW Land revises Braddon Place development, restores hotel

| Ian Bushnell
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Braddon Place proposal

JW Land’s Braddon Place proposal ran in to trouble over several design issues and insufficient green space. Images: Cox Architecture.

A massive inner city mixed-use development that included rooms without windows has been revised in a bid to get it approved by the ACT Planning Authority.

In March, the planning authority rejected the development application from JW Land for the six-building Braddon Place development proposed on Northbourne Avenue between the Rex Hotel and Haig Park because of key design issues and the number of trees that would have been bulldozed.

It said the proposal did not encourage a standard of urban design consistent with the site’s location on a major avenue and approach route.

The original $158 million Braddon Place proposal would have added 602 units and 239 hotel rooms across six buildings to the inner north, as well as restaurants and commercial tenancies. But the hotel component was dropped in March 2023 in favour of 128 build-to-rent units.

The proposal’s third iteration restores the hotel, reduces the number of units, changes the dwelling mix, ensures all rooms have windows, increases the number of parking spaces, and retains a number of trees.

Braddon Place development view on Henty Street.

A view of the six-storey Braddon Place apartment buildings on Henty Street.

Three buildings will front Northbourne Avenue and rise to nine storeys, with three smaller buildings behind on Henty Street.

The complex will now have 582 dwellings, including new studios and a 100-room hotel, set above three basement parking levels instead of two.

The revised application says there will also be a greater diversity of unit types.

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The new dwelling mix includes 36 studios, 264 one-bedroom units, 221 two-bedroom units, some with two bathrooms, and 61 three-bedroom apartments.

There will no longer be any borrowed light or snorkel windows.

The hotel, across nine levels on the south-east corner of the central building on Northbourne Avenue, will have a distinctive curtain glass finish across levels one to eight. At ground, three of the four openings will be glazed.

It will include 79 one-bedroom/studio rooms and 21 two-bedroom hotel rooms, including 10 accessible rooms, as well as a wellness centre, co-working space, cinema, sauna, and dining facilities.

Braddon Place development from Northbourne Avenue.

Another view of the Braddon Place development from Northbourne Avenue. There will be 20 fewer units, a different dwelling mix and more green space.

Parking has been increased by nearly 200 spaces to 1083, with 924 for residents, 84 for hotel guests and 75 for visitors, up from 12.

Cyclists are catered for with 582 storage lockers for residents and 37 bicycle parking hoops on the ground level will provide 74 spaces.

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The new proposal also increases the amount of green space with 20.8 per cent of the site comprising deep root planting, and more than half to be public realm including a playground, barbecue facilities, seating, landscaped gardens, pedestrian connections, a laneway, drop off/pick up area, visitor bike parking, and communal courtyards.

Complex amenities will include private, resident-only spaces for gatherings, media room, communal dining area and facilities, bike workshops, cafe, lobby/concierge, co-working space, lounge, and rooftop garden on building five with outdoor dining and kitchen facilities.

The public can comment on the reconsideration proposal until 24 June.

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