9 December 2018

What's on offer in the ANU's new Kambri precinct

| Ian Bushnell
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The ANU’s Kambri Precinct is taking shape and will open in February. Photos: ANU.

The Australian National University has announced the first tenants for its $263 million Kambri redevelopment including local and interstate shops, services and cafes.

Opening next February in time for O Week, the precinct will be home to a new bar, bookshop, several food and beverage outlets, pharmacy, supermarket, gym, health services and a pool.

Live music is set to be a strong feature of the precinct with the new bar Badger & Co hosting acts, and other spaces capable of staging performances.

Kambri will also include a vibrant new laneway with a variety of hawker-style food outlets and other stores.

The ANU says a range of affordable food and beverage offerings will be on offer, while China Plate will provide a higher-end option for special occasion dining.

A view of the construction site from above.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said he was looking forward to welcoming new and returning local businesses to support a vibrant community centre.

“Kambri means ‘meeting place’ and we have partnered with bars, cafes, shops and services that will bring many new people to ANU to participate in the community atmosphere and spirit of the precinct,” he said.

The ANU tradition of supporting live music acts would continue.

“Former students often tell me the story of the time Nirvana played at ANU. With multiple event spaces in Kambri – including Badger & Co, an outdoor amphitheatre, and purpose-built 1000-person capacity events hall – all I can say is watch this space for live music announcements.”

Professor Schmidt said the university had consulted closely with students, staff and the community to ensure the outlets met their needs and preferences.

“The precinct would be open on the weekends so Kambri would also be a place for parents to take their children with family-friendly cafes and facilities throughout.”

The laneway will include:

  • Daily Market Supermarket
  • Hot Star Chicken (food provider)
  • Chatime (bubble tea)
  • Gangnam Lane (food provider)
  • Asian Tiger (returning food provider)
  • What the Pho (returning food provider)
  • The Campus Bakery (returning food provider)
  • Café Milligram (café)
  • ANU Pharmacy (returning)
  • Wow Store (discount variety store)
  • Commonwealth Bank (returning)

New shops and cafes surrounding the lawns of University Avenue will include:

  • Badger & Co (bar)
  • China Plate (restaurant)
  • Harry Hartog (bookstore)
  • STA Travel
  • Coffee Lab (returning café)
  • Kebaba (food provider)
  • Otto’s (café within the student centre)
  • Green with NV (food provider)
  • Nosh (food provider)
  • Sushi Smith (returning food provider)
  • Rex Espresso (cafe/kiosk)
  • Juicy Beans (juice and coffee within the teaching centre)
  • UniSuper
  • Broger Burger (food provider).

Kambri will also include new teaching, student accommodation and parking facilities.

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