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Red Hill Public Housing Precinct Redevelopment

As part of the Asset Recycling Initiative agreement with the Commonwealth Government, the ACT Government is redeveloping the public housing site adjacent to the Red Hill Shops.

The Site

The Red Hill Public Housing Precinct is located opposite the Red Hill shops and is bounded by La Perouse Street, Discovery Street, and Monaro Crescent. The site is approximately 1.5 per cent of the total area of Red Hill.

The site is one of 13 multi-unit public housing developments identified for redevelopment as part of the ACT Government’s public housing renewal program. For information about the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce click here.

In March 2016, a variation to the Territory Plan was tabled which changed the site to RZ5 – High Density Residential Zone with a four-storey height limit. A technical amendment (2016-08) was approved on 7 September 2016 which clarifies maximum building heights in each area of the development of two, three or four storeys above ground level and inserts character statements into the Red Hill Precinct Map and Code. Read the notifiable instrument here. 

Estate Development Plan 

The Estate Development Plan development application was conditionally approved on 29 June 2017.

The Estate Development Plan outlines the sub-divisions and the block sizes of the development site.
The combination of zoning, the technical amendment and the EDP can help influence the type and height of buildings,
the character of the area and the design of the public realm. 

A community engagement process was undertaken in 2016 with community members to design the Estate
Development Plan. For more information on this process, please see Community Engagement Process. 

Demolition of existing buildings

A Development Application (DA) for demolition of the existing buildings on the Red Hill site was approved in October 2016. Brema Group have been appointed as demolition contractor for the site. Demolition will start in late July 2017 and is expected to finish by March 2018. The buildings will be demolished by first removing hazardous materials including asbestos and then demolished using equipment positioned at ground level.

Work hours

Normal working hours will be from Monday to Friday from 7am-5pm.

Parking

All parking for demolition contractors will be accommodated within the site. Demolition contractors are not permitted to park at the shops or along the streets.

Traffic

A temporary traffic management plan will be in place during demolition. Trucks will exit the site onto Monaro Crescent or
La Perouse Street to access Hindmarsh Drive. To mitigate the impact during peak hours, there will be no truck movements from 8-9am and 3-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Cygnet Crescent from La Perouse Street to Endeavour Street will be closed for the duration of the demolition.
Detour signage will be in place. Pedestrian access from Beagle Street through to the Red Hill shops will be maintained during demolition.

Removal of hazardous material

There is asbestos in the buildings onsite. Asbestos is classified as a hazardous material, so there are strict guidelines about how it should be packaged, transported and where it can be disposed of.

Asbestos removal will be managed by approved asbestos assessors and asbestos removal contractors. The asbestos assessor will confirm all hazardous material has been removed before any structural demolition starts. Information about disposal of asbestos material can be found at www.asbestos.act.gov.au

Recycling of materials

A minimum of 85% of materials from the demolition will be recycled including steel, concrete and bricks.

Reporting concerns or feedback

Thank you for your patience during this work. If you have any concerns during demolition or would like to report an issue please contact EPSDDcomms@act.gov.au or call 13 22 81 and ask to speak to a member of the EPSDD community engagement team.

Sale Process

The site is listed in the ACT Government Indicative Land Release Program for sale in 2017-18. A sales method will be determined by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in mid-2017.

Community Engagement Process

The ACT Government engaged urban planners RobertsDay to develop an Estate Development Plan (EDP) in 2016, which outlined the sub-divisions and the block sizes of the development site. The combination of zoning, the technical amendment and the EDP can help influence the type and height of buildings, the character of the area and the design of the public realm.

RobertsDay conducted three workshops for community representatives to influence the design of the EDP.  Representatives from Inner South Community Council, Red Hill Residents Group, Red Hill Action Group, Pedal Power and Red Hill Primary School attended the workshops. 

Download the Workshop Outcomes Report here (please note, there are four files due to file size):
Part 1 (425KB)
Part 2 (6.9MB)
Part 3 (6.8MB)
Part 4 (6.9MB)

Workshop one, held on 22 June 2016: Participants identified the values, character and elements that make Red Hill unique and contribute ideas on the character, design and use of the public realm.

Workshop two, held on 6 July 2016: RobertsDay presented three early EDP concepts based on the information from the first workshop.

  • Shared Amenity (1.6MB) 
    Shared Amenity is designed so that there are views of parks and greenery looking into the development from outside streets, rather than buildings. It retains significant views and trees by locating greenspaces along view corridors. This option provides multiple green spaces for community use and contains a mixture of block sizes throughout the site. Multi-unit sites are located at the bottom of the hill along Discovery Street and Lady Nelson Place.
  • Savannah Model (1.9MB)
    The Savannah Model aims to provide permeability throughout the site through laneways, small plazas and green spaces, with streets running through the laneways to encourage activation of the spaces. This option extends Endeavour Street and Norfolk Street to Discovery Street, improving pedestrian access. Houses face onto small green spaces along these streets and a rear laneway provides access to multi-unit sites at the bottom of the hill, along Lady Nelson Place.
  • Hillside Village (1.2MB)
    The Hillside Village aims to mimic the natural landscape and maximise views for residents by stepping down housing along the slope so that no dwelling blocks the view of another. This option mainly includes blocks for terraces and townhouses, with multi-unit sites along Lady Nelson Place. Additional rear lanes are created across the site which allow for more permeability in and around the site.

Community members were invited to review and provide feedback on each of the above EDP options through an online survey from 12 to 26 July 2016.

Drop-in consultation session, held 7 July, 12-1.30pm outside Manuka Coles: Members of the public were invited to view and provide feedback on the three draft Estate Development Plan options.

Workshop three, held on 21 July 2016: RobertsDay presented a preferred EDP concept to community representatives who asked questions and provided feedback, Overall feedback was that this concept delivered good outcomes for local residents and was reflective of the values and visions identified in Workshop 1.

Drop-in consultation session, held 30 July, 10-11.30am outside Manuka Coles: Members of the public were invited to view and provide feedback on the draft Estate Development Plan.

Community information Session, held on 9 November 2016: The project team presented the final Estate Development Plan and outlined how design issues had been resolved since the last community workshop. A proposed landscape design for Lady Nelson Park was also presented. 

Contact Us

For further information or to join an email list for project updates please email EDcommunity@act.gov.au

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