25 September 2020

Strathgordon Court coming down to make way for 500 units

| Ian Bushnell
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Strathgordon Court buildings in Lyons

Excavators have started tearing down the Strathgordon Court buildings in Lyons to make way for a major new residential precinct. Photos: Ian Bushnell.

Demolition of the old Strathgordon Court public housing complex in Lyons has begun, with the heavy machinery moving in on Thursday (24 September) to begin clearing the key site for a major new residential precinct.

Developer Phillip Domazet plans to build nearly 500 units across six buildings on the 23,290 square metre site on the corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose Drive, across from the Woden Town Centre.

Mr Domazet’s AJP Projects paid the Suburban Land Agency $16.4 million for the prime site near the intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose in an over-the-counter sale last May.

Canberra Town Planning is conducting a second round of public consultation for the project, which offers 492 one and two-bedroom units, including 70 set aside for affordable housing as required.

The Strathgordon site

The large site commands a key intersection and is adjacent to the Woden Town Centre.

The apartment buildings range in size from four to 10 storeys: Building A, eight storeys and 54 units; Building B, 10 and 152; Building C, six and 70; Building D, eight and 72; Building E, 10 and 120; and Building F, four and 24.

”The project seeks to establish a high quality and sustainable housing development that stands the test of time,” the website set up for the consultation says.

The plans show connected open space throughout the precinct to allow for a pedestrian realm in and around the development.

The site plan

The site plan for the proposed development. Image: Canberra Town Planning.

Block 1 Section 70 is bordered to the east by Melrose Drive, to the south by Hindmarsh Drive, to the west by Swan Place and Block 51 Section 52 Lyons that forms part of a public open space network, and to the north by Block 2 Section 53 Lyons that contains a medium-density residential development.

Zoned RZ5 High Density residential, the site was marketed as a coveted position next to the Woden Town Centre, which is being transformed by high-rise residential development.

The ACT Government’s commitment to extend light rail to Woden is also feeding development, and the government has announced that a new multi-storey CIT campus and a new public transport interchange will be built as a joint project.

The western side of the Town Centre will also be the focus of more mixed-use residential development, with proposals in the works from Zapari and Doma Group.

Consultation will continue until 1 October, ahead of a development application.

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