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Northbourne Avenue design competition

By johnboy 30 May 2011 26

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Minister for Housing Joy Burch has kicked off a design competition to revamp the slums that greet new arrivals to Canberra down Northbourne Avenue.

Ms Burch said the competition would seek an architectural firm to redesign the public housing, which was built in 1958 as government housing to accommodate the influx of public servants. The completed redevelopment would include a mixture of public housing, affordable housing and housing for the Civic workforce.

“The Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct in Braddon and Turner is a gateway to the capital and this competition gives us the opportunity to ensure the buildings reflect this significant status,” Ms Burch said.

“Entrants in the competition will be asked to work within parameters that will yield about 1000 properties in total for the precinct, more than triple the current number of units of 245, by utilising the existing height restrictions.”

They’re planning to announce the winners in October this year.

[Image: The height limits for the architecture competition, with the buildings directly facing Northbourne Ave at 8 storeys, which is the existing height limit.]

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triffid 3:29 pm 12 Jul 11

Anybody heard anything further on this? Do we know things like how the winners will be decided? Is there a ‘competition secretary’ or something for it? I had heard there was, but I sure do hope that whoever is at the helm isn’t the individual it was suggseted to me to be.

Watson 10:35 am 01 Jun 11

Calamity said :

Yes, have to agree that the buildings and surrounds themselves are a huge eyesore and probably beyond saving. Do over!!

+1

Calamity 2:19 pm 31 May 11

Keijidosha said :

My comment regarding use of a bulldozer was meant in no way to disrespect the occupants. I’m sure the majority of these people are in unfortunate circumstances and are upstanding, law abiding citizens who should have decent public housing. However, the combination of poor maintanence by the Govt and a minority of occupants who are less than respectful of their accomodation have created an environment that only a bulldozer and more strictly enforced tenancy agreements will fix.

Yes, have to agree that the buildings and surrounds themselves are a huge eyesore and probably beyond saving. Do over!!

The Frots 2:17 pm 31 May 11

Keijidosha said :

My comment regarding use of a bulldozer was meant in no way to disrespect the occupants. I’m sure the majority of these people are in unfortunate circumstances and are upstanding, law abiding citizens who should have decent public housing. However, the combination of poor maintanence by the Govt and a minority of occupants who are less than respectful of their accomodation have created an environment that only a bulldozer and more strictly enforced tenancy agreements will fix.

I agreed with you – and still do for the reasons you stated. I think that some people may misinterprete occassionally.

Keijidosha 2:06 pm 31 May 11

My comment regarding use of a bulldozer was meant in no way to disrespect the occupants. I’m sure the majority of these people are in unfortunate circumstances and are upstanding, law abiding citizens who should have decent public housing. However, the combination of poor maintanence by the Govt and a minority of occupants who are less than respectful of their accomodation have created an environment that only a bulldozer and more strictly enforced tenancy agreements will fix.

The Frots 1:46 pm 31 May 11

Calamity said :

Spot on, Watson. AMAZING how superior people can decide they are and how frankly they will tell you so!

+1 for that!

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