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New retail floor and pedestrian airbridge planned for Marketplace Gungahlin

Ian Bushnell 22 August 2019 21
More shops are on the way for Marketplace Gungahlin.

More shops are on the way for Marketplace Gungahlin. Photo: Facebook.

A new retail floor and a pedestrian airbridge across Hibberson Street are proposed for the next stage of the Gungahlin Marketplace shopping centre in the Town Centre.

A development application has been lodged for the nearly $17 million Stage 4 project, which plans a new retail level above Kmart in the North Mall, a pedestrian airbridge link between the North and South Malls, signage and minor works to the South Mall as well as a variation to the Crown lease.

The new retail level will contain one major store, three ‘mini majors’ and about 19 speciality stores, as well as children’s play area, male, female, and disabled toilets and a parents’ room.

Also planned are new escalators within the central North mall area, a new set of travelators to the eastern side of the mall, a passenger lift, two new goods lifts and a goods hoist, and extensions to the existing fire stairs.

In the South Mall, escalators will be moved to the middle of the mall to align with the new pedestrian air bridge and the entry to the roof top car park will be relocated to align with the escalators and airbridge.

The proposed airbridge.

The proposed airbridge.

The existing shopfront on Level 1 will be demolished to form new corridor and walkway from the car park to the airbridge.

The steel air bridge will have a metal roof and glazed panelling between the North and South Malls with columns installed within the footpath on both sides of Hibberson Street.

The proposed supporting columns will align with the existing columns on the northern side of Hibberson Street, with new columns on the southern side of Hibberson Street.

The existing footpath is to be demolished for installation of new column footings but most of the existing posts on the footpath are to be retained on the north side of Hibberson Street.

The DA proposes the consolidation of the Crown lease for Block 1 Section 247 with that for Blocks 1 & 2 Section 9.

It also seeks to vary the Crown leases for Blocks 1 & 2 Section 9 and Blocks 2-5 Section 14 to allow an easement so the public can pass and repass over the boundaries in conjunction with the proposed pedestrian airbridge.

A lease variation is also sought to allow an increase in the maximum allowable GFA, adding 172 square metres for a new maximum GFA of 19,122 square metres.

Stage 3 of Marketplace Gungahlin included demolition of the existing car park and retail space; construction of a new retail development including a two-level basement car park and a new pedestrian entry to the shopping centre; and an underground car park link between the North and South Mall.


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12:22 pm 28 Aug 19

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carolyns 4:36 pm 25 Aug 19

Gungahlin CinemaOriginal Parking Proposal was 310 car parks which has been reduced to 130 (see below). This will cause traffic chaos.

Original Proposal has 20,00 square metres of commercial and office space which is mising in this new proposal.

This new proposal must never be accepted as it reduces parking and commercial and retail opportunities.

4:14 pm 25 Aug 19

Georgia Opie Chelsea Lunt let's move to gunners??

10:12 am 23 Aug 19

Aaron bye bye "small town" feel 😞

9:06 am 23 Aug 19

Should fix the very poorly designed car park entrance/exit before wasting money on a pointless bridge and other shops. 🤦‍♂️

    1:49 pm 24 Aug 19

    Gaz Wiggan how dare you sir, question the very genious of the amazingly tallented civil engineers of the ACT Planning and Land autority, who, on a daily basis, have to make countless decisions, that will affect the future practical operation of the proletariat, while enduring endless morning tea birthday celebrations, and meetings that could habe been an email. You disgust me with you lack of respect for these, our betters, who care so for our safety and livelihood. Good day to you sir!

    2:00 pm 24 Aug 19

    Tim Brien 😂😂😂 I’m sorry about the endless morning teas and birthday celebrations I had no idea what these guys go through to deliver such impractical construction projects.

    My bad 🤦‍♂️

7:28 am 23 Aug 19

Excellent, we need more shops

Felix the Cat 8:52 pm 22 Aug 19

Aldi being a tenant makes sense. I recall them saying a while back that their current shop is too small and they didn’t have anywhere to expand too.

A covered bridge between the two malls is also a brilliant move, not only for being out of the weather but to keep pedestrians away from the traffic (though traffic is quite light now Hibberson St has been reconfigured for one-way traffic ). Hope it doesn’t negatively impact on the various cafes that trade on both sides of Hibberson St near the entrances to both malls.

7:41 pm 22 Aug 19

Only $17million? Doesn't seem right, I would have two for that price!

    3:01 pm 23 Aug 19

    Alex Troy Elsworth Adkins bear in mind that the extension is going smack bang above the last extension 2-3 years ago. If you look at recent satellite pictures you will see the roof was built as a flat concrete slab with the cutouts for the lifts and escalators in place already (covered with sheds) ready for another floor to be added. So really a matter of putting up a steel frame, sheeting and fitting out.

7:16 pm 22 Aug 19

They have trouble filling all the shops now

    7:27 pm 22 Aug 19

    Marc Edwards what all that space 🚀☄️👨‍🚀🔭🌛

    7:32 pm 22 Aug 19

    Marc Edwards not so sure about that. Most shops are occupied.

    Oh and Aldi is confirmed as being the tenant taking up 1/4 of the new space.

    9:07 am 26 Aug 19

    Ashley Wright so only Another 15 or so shops to fill, and with limited daytime employment (as in office employment)it will just be the usual churn and burn of small business in Gunners.

    11:25 am 26 Aug 19

    Marc Edwards so you think a business would build something like this if they couldn’t fill the space?

    11:45 am 26 Aug 19

    Ashley Wright empty shops still act as a tax deduction for the owners, so no biggie for them

noid 4:25 pm 22 Aug 19

I’m moving to Gungahlin, new playgrounds, new shops improved roads and a train :). All the Tuggeranong town centre got was some widened footpaths….

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