14 July 2020
The ACT Government (Suburban Land Agency “SLA”) announced Canberra developer, the Doma Group, as the successful tenderer to develop the Canberra Brickworks Precinct in September 2019. The precinct covers an area of about 16 hectares and will included the conservation and adaptive reuse of the historic Canberra brickworks and construction of a maximum of 380 dwellings.
Doma has submitted a concept plan for ACT government agencies to review. It has also completed a revised Conservation Management Plan to be approved by ACT Heritage. The Community Panel, which was established by the ACT Government in late 2015 and includes representatives from the YRA, has continued to have monthly meetings to discuss some of the more detailed elements of the design with Doma and the SLA.
Doma originally planned to present a draft Estate Development Plan (“EDP”) to the community in mid-2020. This draft EDP will be prepared following feedback from government agencies on the concept plan. The draft EDP will provide a basis for further discussion and input, but it is important to note that once the EDP itself is approved by the ACT government there will be very limited scope for community input or amendments to the plans.
For more information see https://suburbanland.act.gov.au/canberrabrickworks/ and DOMA’s community consultation website: http://brickworkscommunity.com.au/
Meanwhile, all approvals concerning the Dudley Street upgrade and the new Brickworks Access Road have been finalised and a contractor has been appointed, so construction of the new Brickworks Access Road is expected to commence in 2020. The new Brickworks Access Road will be the main access point for construction, although there is no denying the prospect of some construction vehicles on Bentham Street and Denman Street due to dwellings that will front these two streets.
The ACT Government has also started surveying for proposed changes to the Kent Street Bridge. The YRA has pushed for improvements to be made at the intersection of Dudley Street and Novar Street prior to any upgrade to Dudley Street and it now seems likely that the changes to the Kent Street Bridge and the Dudley Street upgrade project will take place around the same time.