In a boost to Civic, the Centrepoint building in the city will soon be home to a new Commonwealth Bank branch, with plans and an application to change the lease lodged.
The bank plans to take up the 676 square metre ground floor tenancy in the two-storey premises on the corner of City Walk and Petrie Plaza, and the landlord has applied to vary the lease to allow for a financial establishment on the site.
Nearly $200,000 worth of works are proposed to re-brand the site with new signage, as well as installing new doors on Petrie Plaza, providing new shopfront glazing and facade tiling.
Seven signs will be illuminated, including two wall signs and a 24/7 banking sign for the after-hours lobby where ATMs will be sited.
There will also be a non-lit Commonwealth Bank sign outside.
The proposal says the entrance to the after-hours lobby will be appropriately lit and highly visible so that people cannot loiter or enter without being seen.
It says the lobby has been designed to be secure from potential thieves, including ram-raiders, or those wanting to use it for other purposes.
Customers will be able to enter from both City Walk and Petrie Plaza. Two internal LCD screens will show still advertisements.
“The proposed Commonwealth Bank operation has been designed to encourage pedestrian use and activate the street frontage at ground floor level,” the proposal says.
The new bank branch will be a welcome addition to the area which has suffered in recent years, losing custom and businesses as the nearby Canberra Centre dominates the city’s retail sector.