Tenders for the Canberra Brickworks Precinct have closed and the submissions from the two shortlisted proponents will now be assessed against a series of criteria, including the community-influenced precinct objectives, Land Development Agency CEO David Dawes said today.

“Shortlisted proponents - Doma Group and a consortium of Coda Property Group, Lendlease and Canberra Contractors - have submitted tenders to renew an ageing area of Canberra, giving a piece of our heritage back to the wider Canberra community and increasing the overall supply of homes in the ACT,” Mr Dawes said.

“Urban renewal is the key to making Canberra a more compact, liveable and sustainable city and projects like the Canberra Brickworks Precinct are critical in providing a balance in housing options as our city continues to grow.

“The tenders offer new public areas, increased access to heritage sites and a range of residential dwelling types and commercial uses to support ongoing heritage conservation and activation within the precinct.”

The community has played an important role in the Canberra Brickworks sale process.

A community panel, which included community groups such as the Yarralumla Residents Association, the Inner South Canberra Community Council, the National Trust, See Change Inner-South, the Geological Society of Canberra and Pedal Power ACT, helped create precinct objectives that set out community expectations for the new development.  The Community Panel also assisted in the evaluation of all proposals received in June last year.

Shortlisted Proponents have met with the Community Panel during the tender process to discuss their development proposals and options for improving their responses to the precinct objectives. 

Tenders will be evaluated against the precinct objectives, which represent 50 per cent of the weighted criteria.

A decision will be made on a preferred tenderer in the first half of this year.