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Westfield Belconnen’s massive expansion

By paperboy - 11 July 2008 27

I’ve just been looking through the 62 page development application for Westfield Belconnen, and can’t believe it hasn’t attracted more attention in the mainstream media.

For those unaware of the background, Westfield agreed to construct a new look ACTION bus interchange on it’s land in return for approval to redevelop unused land and parking areas around its massive site.

And what a deal they got.

Included in the whole development, (and granted not all of this is Westfield’s) are 3 x 10 storey high rises, and 2 x 18 storey buildings.

The cost must be enormous.

Specifically, on Westield’s existing western carpark, near the supermarkets, will go 350,000 sq mtrs of retail space, and 500 extra car parking spaces. On the vacant block of land between the Luxton street traffic lights and the entrance to Westfield’s loading docks, will go a 10 storey building, with 3 levels of parking and 7,000 sq mtrs of retail space.

In the area to the West of that block, generally known as the place the circus usually sets up it’s big tops, will be two buildings, both of 10 storeys. One with 18,000 sq mtrs of retail and residential space, and the other with 200 home units and 3,700 sq mtrs of commercial space.

The other developments are on the existing car park opposite Magnet Mart for a 3 storey commercial building with some retail; and 2 18 storey buildings on the southern side of Swanson Court, one for ‘mixed use’ with retail and units, and the other with 13,300 sq mtrs of parking and 246 home units.

The road changes include removing the exclusive bus lane near Lathlain Street (to be replaced by retail and parking), relocating the pedestrian bridge from Lathlain Street to the shopping centre, and an extension to Cohen Street.

As I said, for such a huge development, I’m surprised it hasn’t attracted more attention.

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27 Responses to
Westfield Belconnen’s massive expansion
Pandy 10:59 am 13 Jul 08

The Belco art shown on the plans looks like the stuff on GDE

planeguy 10:37 am 13 Jul 08

Because WBG’s vision of people living and working in their own town centre doesn’t happen. People may live in Woden and work at ABS, or live in Belco and work at Centrelink. We need to understand that people aren’t going to move house every time they move jobs. Also, to create a vibrant town, it needs to interact with residents from outside it – have them eating out Belco’s restaurants, drinking at its pubs etc…

A few more points from me – and one that is unlikely to have much support from the RA crowd – good to see that there is discussion of public art, and that it will form part of the development. Now I agree with many that the art along the GDE is atrocious – it is not engaging at all, however the stuff that has gone up through civic over the last few years has been rather good.

Pandy 7:55 am 13 Jul 08

Why have light rail when no one needs to leave Belconnen as they walk from their high rise apartments 800 meters to their high rise office block?

planeguy 7:24 pm 12 Jul 08

Having just had a skim read, my thoughts are that the development (well its not a DA but a conglomeration of multiple developments) will be a boon for Belco. I hope that Belco development doesn’t stop at 2x 18 story towers, but continues with more high density development in and around the town centre. It will necessitate additional infrastructure considerations (light rail?), and slightly enhanced use of the foreshore as public space – both parkland and social businesses (ie cafe’s, bars, clubs, restaurants).

That being said the only “design drawing” of the 18 storey building was a boring rectangular tower – hopefully a more interesting design – perhaps landmark architecture could be commissioned.

JC 6:11 pm 12 Jul 08

Just one point of order, the western carpark is an ACT government carpark not Westfield. So the new bus interchange and the extension to the mall are being built on ACT Government land. In anycase who cares it is good for Belco I reckon. Pity there are not more carparks allocated though, there are times when parking is a nightmare at Belco and with more of the Government carparks near the mall to go it could get worse.

Weaselburger 10:37 am 12 Jul 08

At least they might Finally get rid of some of the Derelict Buildings around the place and hopefully make something useful of the old Cameron Offices Site. But What about all the construction around the Immigration Building? are they Going to finish that project first, or will Belco end up looking like a half constructed city?

eh_steve 10:06 am 12 Jul 08

School Holiday timing has naught to do with it, this has been out for a long time, as evidenced by the tatty and weatherbeaten development notification outside the mall!

Before things like the ABS building belco looked a lot worse! I for one am all for this. Having been a belconnen resident since 1991, I think it is great that the place is slowly being developed.

I actually had a look at it a few weeks ago, and I was concerned about the road out the back, the one that runs parallel to the bus only road. From the plans it kind of looked like access to Ginninderra Drive, Totterdell Street etc will be restricted? Hopefully a new access for that will be created. I use that road, albeit occassionally.

seekay 9:32 am 12 Jul 08

Was there ever a time when Belconnen didn’t look like East Berlin?

Do town planning students get taken there and told “whatever you do, don’t ever come up with anything like this”?

Pandy 9:20 am 12 Jul 08


Belconnen/Gunagahlin has no views to block-out and so 18 storyes would be great.

Tuggeranong, the back drop of hills will preclude the building of 18 storey building. If however the TC had been built at Erindale, it could have been feasable.

miz 10:31 pm 11 Jul 08

18 storeys?? Does anyone want this? Anywhere in Canberra?

bigred 8:41 pm 11 Jul 08

Entirely predictable. After this, it’ll be the hyperdrone’s turn.

astrojax 8:27 pm 11 Jul 08

surprising lowy isn’t adding a 35000 seat football stadium on the roof for future a-league use…

Pandy 7:33 pm 11 Jul 08


I love sustainable progress.

And look NO provision for light rail.

Jonathon Reynolds 6:32 pm 11 Jul 08

Let me guess… not much coverage… must be school holidays.
The perfect time to put documents out for consultation… when nobody is around to complain.

paperboy 6:20 pm 11 Jul 08

For those who’d like to see the plan (it’s a big download)

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