High-quality design required for key Northbourne Avenue sites

Two key Northbourne Avenue land-release sites have hit the market and the ACT Government is asking potential buyers to come up with a quality design befitting their high-profile location.

A tender process opened today for Braddon and Turner on Northbourne, a combined 39,000 square metres of prime mixed-use land linking the city centre with the inner north.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said releasing the two sites together by tender allowed for design quality to play an important role in the sales process.

“Braddon and Turner on Northbourne are very important sites in the renewal of our city precinct and we want to see designs that reflect their importance to Canberra,” Mr Snow said.

“The two sites are being released as a package because they need an integrated design that unites the two sites as a cohesive precinct that welcomes people to the heart of the city.

“Using a tender process allows us to judge proposals based on design and build quality as well as price. This method also makes it easier for national and multinational companies to prepare bids, ensuring we give ourselves every opportunity to receive the best proposals.”

The Government Architect has been engaged to provide technical services to the tender evaluation team to ensure a high quality of design in the proposals.

The successful proponent will also be required to work with the City Renewal Authority and the National Capital Design Review Panel prior to submitting development applications.

Proposals will include a masterplan for the two sites that considers the previous Weave Design for the site, which was selected as the winner of a design competition in 2011, as well as existing site constraints, the interface with Haig Park, the City and Gateway Draft Urban Design Framework, light rail and other site opportunities.

Proposals will also need to demonstrate how they will adopt a people focused approach to the redevelopment and include a place proposition plan and community consultation plan.

“Canberra, and in particular the Northbourne Corridor, has undergone significant changes since the Weave design was first conceived but we still want new proposals to reflect its principals and ambitions for a coordinated precinct,” Mr Snow said.

“The development of Braddon and Turner on Northbourne presents a fantastic opportunity to build a precinct that impresses and inspires Canberrans and visitors to our city.”

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