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Old December 4th, 2016, 10:35 PM   #1
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BELCONNEN - #Construction: Republic - 32st/113m & 27st/93m / mixed

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Canberra's first glass towers for Geocon's Republic mixed use project

Glass towers – Canberra's first – will grace developer Geocon's $700 million mixed use residential development "Republic" at the 1.6-hectare masterplan of Section 200 in Canberra's Belconnen.




The developer revealed first images of the project at the corner of Cameron Avenue and Eastern Valley Way on Friday, after buying the brownfield site for $22 million last year.

In 10 years, the site will be home to Canberra's largest mixed use development, including the glass towers, 1270 new dwellings, public amenities including an urban park, amphitheatre, sky deck, Melbourne-style laneways, a hotel and more than 500 public car parks as well as a bike hub for 500 bicycles.

Residential properties will include shop houses, terraces, apartments, Manhattan-style "sky homes" and studios.

There will also be an Abode Hotels brand 130-room hotel, and a sky deck function centre and office spaces.

"Belconnen is now 50 years old. Only in the past couple of years has it really been considered a vibrant precinct where people want to visit after the sun goes down," managing director Nick Georgalis said.

"Our almost complete development across the road, Wayfarer, and Republic will provide that link and add the vibrancy that will push Belconnen further along to becoming an entertainment destination. The town centre won't empty at 5pm when the government departments close."

The project will connect Belconnen Town Centre, Lake Ginninderra, the office district and the University of Canberra.

Architects and designer Fender Katsalidis Architects and OCULUS, who created NewActon in Canberra, have been engaged on the project.

Republic will be built in three stages, with the first stage including 430 apartments scheduled to start in the second half of next year.

Canberra-based Geocon is also building Wayfarer Apartments in Canberra with mezzanine funding from real estate investment firm Qualitas.



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Nice - but where is Belco relative to Civic - is it next door and will this cluster add to the general CBD density or will it create another centre some distance away...either way its an impressive development!
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Old December 5th, 2016, 04:54 AM   #3
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Belconnen is about 8km from the CBD.

If you've never been to Canberra before, the city is the victim of 60's car-dominated planning where decentralisation was a main goal. A key part of the decentralisation was planning the city around a number of 'town centres' where offices, shops, schools etc would be located, meaning people would work close to where they lived.

There are four main town centres (plus the CBD) in Canberra, laid out in a rough 'Y' shape. Belconnen in the north west, Gungahlin to the north, Civic (CBD) in the middle, Woden to the south and Tuggeranong to the far south.

Interestingly, because the CBD is close to parliament house there are strict height limits which prevent buildings being taller than about 60m. However, these limits do not apply to the town centres. As a result, Canberra's tallest buildings are not located anywhere near the city centre. The current tallest, Lovett Tower (93m), is in Woden and the second tallest Wayfarer (88m) is in Belconnen (Wayfarer is the building on the left in the above pic).

In fact, all of the town centres now have buildings complete or U/C that are taller than anything in the CBD, and if my maths is right then by the time all the current projects are complete, none of the city's top 15 tallest will be in the CBD.
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^that would some sort of record? 15 Tallest out side of cbd.lol
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^that would some sort of record? 15 Tallest out side of cbd.lol

Similar situation in Washington DC I'd expect.
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^that would some sort of record? 15 Tallest out side of cbd.lol
Not really. The rules dictate that it must be so. How about Paris and La Defense?
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And Madrid, with its "Four Towers" flung to the North. And Once upon a time London's Docklands would have fit that statement too. Worth mentioning Houston too, which has the 'official' tallest building outside a CBD (Williams Tower, 275m all on it's lonesome).

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"Belconnen is now 50 years old. Only in the past couple of years has it really been considered a vibrant precinct where people want to visit after the sun goes down," managing director Nick Georgalis said.

"Our almost complete development across the road, Wayfarer, and Republic will provide that link and add the vibrancy that will push Belconnen further along to becoming an entertainment destination. The town centre won't empty at 5pm when the government departments close."
Yeah... people still ain't "visiting" Belconnen after dark, unless you include us playing gigs at the Boardroom or drinking goon at the skate park in the early 90s.
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some fencing started to go up for the site today
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Timing seems about right. I think construction of stage one was due to kick off around September/October.
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great news 113m? wow
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Geocon gets approval for $1bn mixed-use Republic, Canberra's tallest tower

Construction will start immediately on Canberra's biggest tower after the ACT government approved Geocon's $1 billion Republic mixed use project in Belconnen.




The first stage of the three-stage development on a 1.6-hectare corner of Cameron Avenue, Eastern Valley Way and Emu Bank, in Belconnen in Canberra's north is already 70 per cent sold out and the sales campaign for the second stage will start next month, Geocon managing director Nick Georgalis said on Monday.

The Fender Katsalidis Architects-designed project includes a 113-metre tower, along with terrace houses, an amphitheatre, boutique office space, "Melbourne-style laneway stores", a wellness centre and library. It will ultimately include 1213 apartments, an Abode Hotel, retail centre including supermarket and more than 500 car parking spaces in addition to residents' parking.

"We're delighted the ACT government shares our vision for this project and of the scope for exciting, well-planned development in town centres," Mr Georgalis said.

"No one can accuse Canberra of being boring or stuck in the past with this type of project going ahead."

Canberra is battling its original spread-out and low-density Burley Griffin-designed layout to create liveable precincts that encourage walking and reduce dependence on car transport.

Last year the Fender Katsalidis-designed NewActon Nishi development of 14 storeys of apartments above two storeys of hotel won the ACT's top award for multi-residential architecture, as well as a commercial architecture gong, was won by NewActon Nishi, a Fender Katsalidis-designed development.

Last year Geocon purchased the Garema Centre mall in Canberra's CBD for $13.35 million, with plans to turn it into a $100 million luxury hotel.
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Yup. New tallest for Canberra (in fact new two tallest)

The original proposal was for 119m-ish, but I think the ACT planning authorities probably pushed back a little bit on height to appease any nimby complaints given there's a notional 27 level limit on the site (that Geocon seems to have cheekily addressed by including several levels of apartments that look like they might be double level/mezzanine).

The tall glass towers are stages 2a (tallest) and 2b (around 100m if I recall correctly), and contain around 540 apartments.

There are 400-ish apartments in stage 1 (around 200 in each tower) and site works are already underway. Stage 3 is the third tallest building, partially hidden in the main render. It's supposed to contain around 270-280 apartments.
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This is the best I can do... Canberra's top-7.

#1… Republic Tower 1 Belconnen (under construction). 113m
#2… Republic Tower 2 Belconnen (under construction).. 93m
#2.. Lovett Tower Woden…………… 93m
#4.. Wayfarer Belconnen…………… 88m
#5.. Grand Central Tower 1, Woden (under construction). 81m
#6.. Cirrus… Belconnen (under construction) 79m
#7.. Infinity Tower 1.. Gungahlin… 70m..

Bit out of date.. but..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...gs_in_Canberra

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remember i took months to compile the top 40 for canberra
all buildings over 50m
ive updated the republic towers.
http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/comp...t=Show+Results
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remember i took months to compile the top 40 for canberra
all buildings over 50m
ive updated the republic towers.
http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/comp...t=Show+Results
whats the wombat tower entry? ive never seen or heard anything like that, a 269m casino and serviced apartment tower... in canberra? And its listed as under construction.

seems odd.

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whats the wombat tower entry? ive never seen or heard anything like that, a 269m casino and serviced apartment tower... in canberra? And its listed as under construction.

seems odd.
Culwulla may be put there
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Dont worry ive complained about that, sounds like an editor from os thought it would be funny dickhead, hopefully gone now
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Looks quite good. Shame the town centre is so spread out though as there's still no focal point (or area of particularly large pedestrian traffic) apart from Westfield.

I doubt many people use it for that purpose presently but the system of the multiple separate bus stations makes it quite easy to move around without a car within the town centre itself. If you lived in this development you could hop on a bus to Westfield every two minutes or so basically all day long.

So much better than the one "central" interchange that was inconvenient to most!
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so AMP is oldest skyscraper/ 1964?


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so AMP is oldest skyscraper/ 1964?
Yes, unless you want to count the other Hobart Place buildings as skyscrapers too, but I've always felt they're more highrise than skyscraper.

Find better photos of early Canberra here on trove too, if you're interested
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