A connected waterfront precinct

Belconnen Lakeshore will connect the town centre to the lake, showcase a sustainable and people-friendly urban environment, and define Canberra's newest lakeshore destination for contemporary town centre living. 

More local experiences. More green places. More opportunity for play and walkable connections. This will be a benchmark mixed-use precinct for one of Canberra's fastest-growing region

Belconnen Lakeshore land release update

The Suburban Land Agency (SLA) has released land for sale and development in Belconnen Town Centre through a two-stage request for proposal and tender process. This land release is known as Belconnen Lakeshore. Belconnen Lakeshore is made up of The Circus Sites Precinct (Site 1) together with the Former Belconnen Water Police site (Block 29, Section 149 Belconnen) at Emu Inlet Waterfront (Site 2).

Sale process update

While SLA has completed the second stage of the land release process and evaluated submitted tenders, this is an on-going sales process and SLA will be able to announce the successful tenderer after performance negotiations are concluded.

SLA is looking forward to introducing the successful tenderer to the Belconnen Community, who will continue to engage on the development design for these sites reflecting the Place Design Brief prepared with the community in 2021. 

We expect building work to commence in 2025.

The first stage, a Request for Proposal (RFP), was released to the market on 17 June 2021 and closed on 7 October 2021. Multiple RFP responses were received from local development teams. The RFP Evaluation was completed in late February 2022. The RFP sought design and development proposals in response to the Place Design Brief, and required submissions to include Intended and Required Development Outcomes and achieve minimum 5 star Greenstar Buildings rating.  The design response was a priority in the RFP submission evaluation with a weighting of 50 percent as part of weighted assessment criteria that included financial offer, development team experience and capacity criteria.  

  • The SLA Project Team and Evaluation Team were pleased with the effort and thought put into preparing design responses. The submissions included varied and interesting design proposals in response to the requirements of the RFP. 
  • All proponents responded to the Place Design Brief and included commitments to undertaking public engagement during the design and development process. All submissions proposed improving public spaces around the sites and connection between Lathlain Street and Emu Bank and to the Emu Inlet park and proposed new public spaces within the land release precincts. 
  • The best proposals offered:
    • An activated waterfront location with development sympathetic and integrated with the existing park and its landscape.  
    • Provision of green, connected and activated public spaces within the Circus sites precinct.  

The second stage, Request for Tender (RFT) was released on 30 June 2022 to the selected tenderers invited to participate in the stage 2 RFT. The RFT will close on 30 August 2022. 

For business confidentiality reasons as this is an on-going sales process, we will only be able to identify the successful tenderer after the two-stage tender process has concluded. 

The RFT includes;

  1. More detailed project delivery requirements that tenderers will be required to address in addition to the Place Design Brief. 
  2. More detailed development and design information including on-site and off-site public realm improvements to be included in the sale and development of the land.
  3. A requirement to respond to how the liveability of apartments will be addressed with a view to achieving improved liveability outcomes.  This was a recommendation of the Evaluation Team when as considering Proponents invited to participate in the second stage of the sales process. 

Prior to the release of Belconnen Lakeshore,  a Place Design Brief was prepared with input from the community and stakeholders. The brief describes the community’s aspirations for the land release sites and including Site / Precinct Specific  Objectives (about the sites use/experience), a Community Place Aspirations Plan and identifies criteria for Successful Development Outcomes.

The Place Design Brief and detailed information on the place planning engagement undertaken is available on the ACT Government’s YourSay website at https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/belconnen-place-planning.

The opportunity

With the recent expansion of the Belconnen Arts Centre and increasing development, this part of the town centre continues to grow – as does the opportunity to set a new benchmark urban neighbourhood. With Green Star-certified buildings and the added value of off-site place improvements, it could become a sought-after precinct featuring diverse uses, including residential, retail, office, and restaurant destinations. 

Our vision is to revitalise Belconnen's town centre and reconnect it to the water with a sustainable, active and people-friendly urban environment.

The Location

The Belconnen Lakeshore precinct is close to Westfield Belconnen Shopping Centre and the expanded Belconnen Arts Centre and established schools, restaurants, health facilities, offices, and parklands.

Two prime locations

Site 1 - circus site precinct
Section 151 Block 2
Section 52 Block 38
Section 52 Block 39

Site 2 - Former Belconnen Water Police site
Section 149 Block 29