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History of Section 49 Kingston

Section 49 Kingston is located within the Kingston Foreshore and is home to some of Canberra's oldest buildings including the Kingston Powerhouse, Fitters' Workshop and Former Transport Depot.

the Arts released Stewart Architecture's Report for Feasibility, Management Models and Design Options on 20 June 2015, during the Canberra Glassworks Winter Glass Market.
The 2013-14 ACT Budget provided $300,000 to progress the development of the Kingston Arts Precinct and allowed the feasibility study to investigate maximising the site for arts and cultural activity.
The feasibility study was commissioned by artsACT in 2014 and is the latest stage in planning the precinct.
You can read the Executive Summary and download the full report here (http://www.arts.act.gov.au/projects/kingston-arts-precinct)

Kingston Section 49 Master Plan

In May 2014, the Kingston Section 49 Master Plan was prepared to identify future opportunities in Section 49 Kingston and illustrate how the area could be developed as a high quality Mixed Use precinct.

Kingston Section 49 Master Plan

Appendices to Kingston Section 49 Master Plan

  • Appendix 1 - Heritage Strategy (PDF 3.5MB)
  • Appendix 2 - Statement of Heritage Impact (PDF 1.1MB)
  • Appendix 3 - Traffic and Parking Investigations (PDF 9.2MB)
  • Appendix 4 - Design Concepts for Parking Structure (PDF 2.6MB)
  • Appendix 5 - Community and Stakeholder Consultation (PDF 1MB)

Kingston Arts Precinct Feasibility Study

In June 2015, the Minister for the Arts released Stewart Architecture's Report for Feasibility, Management Models and Design Options.

The feasibility study built on the work of the Kingston Section 49 Master Plan (released in May 2014) and investigates the potential of the site for arts and cultural activity. The 2013-14 ACT Budget provided $300,000 to progress its development.

You can read the Executive Summary and download the full report here.

Two-Stage Sales Process

The Kingston Arts Precinct was released to the market in October 2015 through a two stage sales process – a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a Request for Tender (RFT).  This process sought a new contemporary design response for the master plan taking into consideration more detailed requirements by arts organisations.

Tender submissions were received in July 2016.   A consortium of Geocon, Fender Katsalidis and Occulus was announced as the preferred tenderer in February 2017.

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