Six-building residential development proposed for Coombs

Ian Bushnell 15 November 2021
Apartment block fronting John Gorton Drive

An artists impression of a section of the development, including the six-storey apartment block fronting John Gorton Drive. Image: Kasparek Architects.

Plans have been unveiled for a six-building development in Coombs that will deliver 25 terraces and 68 apartments on one of the Molonglo suburb’s few remaining blocks.

Di Iulio Constructions is proposing the development for Block 3 Section 53, at the intersection of John Gorton Drive and Southcott View, which is zoned RZ5 for high-density residential.

Designed by Kasparek Architects, the proposal is at pre-development application stage and has been released for public consultation.

The project website says the six buildings will range from three to six storeys and provide a mix of two, three and four-bedroom dwellings on the 7432-square-metre wedge-shaped site.

Landscape plan

The landscape plan showing the site layout and the inner green communal space. Image: Kasparek Architects.

The biggest sits on the corner of John Gorton Drive and Southcott View, and will also have two basement levels for underground parking.


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The other buildings are all three storeys with one on John Gorton Drive, two lining Southcott View and two more in between.

Access to the site’s internal road system is from John Gorton Drive and Southcott View, with a total of 166 parking spaces provided including 24 for visitors – 19 on-site and 5 off-site.

The landscape design shows a green communal space with shade trees spreading from the centre of the site to the western border between the two buildings not fronting roads.

The site will also include a network of connected lit paths.

The website says apartments will enjoy good solar access, with the floor or internal wall of a daytime living area of at least 70 per cent of apartments on a site receiving at least three hours of direct sunlight between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm on the winter solstice (21 June).

An internal view of the proposed development. Image: Kasparek Architects.

Balconies are screened for privacy, restricting the direct line of sight to adjacent dwellings.

The proponent is exploring energy efficiency options and a water sensitive urban design strategy is being developed to promote sustainable water use, with deep root planting being considered to accommodate on-site infiltration of stormwater run-off.

The site is close to open space nature reserves, cycle networks and pedestrian paths, and served by public transport along John Gorton Drive.

“The proposed development has been architecturally designed to deliver a high standard of residential amenity and provide a cohesive relationship with the neighbourhood and the John Gorton Drive streetscape,” the website states.

To learn more and register visit the project website.


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