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In case there are any other Canberrans on here who are able to take some pics, I saw yesterday that a crane has been erected in the middle of the section 84 redevelopment in Civic. Looks like construction will start on the massive project sooner rather than later (I thought we were going to be stuck with those holes in the ground for a while...).

If anyone can take some snaps and post them, that'd be great.
 

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It's section 84. A pretty huge development - by QIC, the owners of the Canberra Centre. It will incorporate new shops, cinemas, a new Griffin Centre and Youth Centre, and some residential developments. Unfortunately QIC doesn't have any information on its website, otherwise I'd post it.
 

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Is that the one thats nearby the Canberra Centre on the same Street there. Infact talking about Civic.
What is that Crane on the same street as Glebe Park and Canberra Centre building, like talking about the street inbetween each other and you keep heading down past the SAP Centre I think and in those two blocks.
 

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The white LCR crane in Civic near the Casino is building the Dept of Tourism.... see seperate thread..

The white hammerhead on Northbourne is different to the white one at the metro. but that is similar to the section 84 crane... and the other one on Northbourne is different again..

And two more apparently coming.
 

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Okay, The Yellow one on Northbourne is similar to one here in Townsville.
 

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Sadly there is no website for this development - which is kind of surprising, given its huge impact on the centre of Canberra. But if any news stories pop up in the local press and are availabe online I'll post up some links.
 

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Apparently the Australian Taxation Office is going to be the key tenant of the section 84 development's office complexes. From The Canberra Times today:

Corbell to reveal the future of city's centre
JThistleton
Wednesday, 11 May 2005

A strategy to revitalise Civic, which could generate up to $2billion worth of construction work over 10 years, will be detailed this morning by ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell.

Arresting Civic's decline has been a hot topic after Canberra businessman Terry Snow's Living City plan, launched in April and Mr Corbell's City Hill plan, issued in March. Both propose traffic changes for Northbourne Avenue, and rely on the sale of public land to fund new buildings, including a new Legislative Assembly.

Mr Corbell's plan includes a five-star hotel and Mr Snow's, drawn up by the architect of the Kingston Foreshore, Colin Stewart, includes a new convention centre.

While both plans have led discussions on how best to provide a sense of arrival to the heart of Canberra, and upgrade Civic's buildings, the biggest office tenancy deal in the territory's history has come to light, with the Australian Taxation Office indicating it will move into the new Section 84 precinct in Bunda Street, due for completion in 2007. Taking up more than 60,000sqm of office space, the move will leave huge vacancies in Civic.

Property analysts said this could stall the Government's plans, but the Property Council said the ATO deal should not cause the rejuvenation of Civic to lose momentum.

The Master Builders Association said Civic's revitalisation was already under way, with more than $1billion worth of current or mooted construction activity.
The work includes:
: The Canberra Centre expansion and Section 84 project by Queensland Investment Corporation which will inject new retail, entertainment, office, residential community and parking facilities into the city heart.
: Section 88, a new office building for the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism.
: New residential development on the northern side of the city.
: A new office building in Moore Street.
: Plans for student accommodation and other university-related projects.
Mr Snow's plan proposes a statutory authority comprising of directors who would focus on getting the job done. Consultants have analysed Living City, which proposes to raise $800million from land sales and seven new public buildings, worth $600million.

The MBA's ACT executive director David Dawes said Canberrans had to consider other town centres, including Woden and Belconnen.
"We must understand that for Civic and the town centres to be viable entities, Canberra needs to increase its employment and population base ... it is arguable that the ACT's existing planning and approvals regime, particularly where dual jurisdictions are concerned, is acting as a disincentive to new investment ..."
 

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The ACT Planning Minister has used his call-in powers for parts of this development - meaning that the whole laborious approvals process is avoided.

$350 MILLION DOLLAR DEVELOPMENT GETS THE GO-AHEAD
Planning Minister Simon Corbell has used his call in powers to approve a major development in the City worth $350 million - subject to conditions about interim parking arrangements and the reuse of roof water.

The approvals give the go-ahead for two buildings, one 11 storeys high, the other six storeys, built on block three of section 84 as a part of the major redevelopment of section 84 by Canberra Centre Investments Pty Ltd and QIC Westpoint Pty Ltd.

"It is appropriate that I use my powers because these two buildings will make a significant contribution to maintaining and promoting Civic as Canberra's main commercial centre," Mr Corbell said.

Mr Corbell said the 11 storey development included:
* 22,200 sq m of office accommodation,
* 10,370 sq m of shopping, and,
* 4,460 sq m of cinemas.

The six-storey building would include four levels of car parking above
17,909 sq m of shopping space - in addition to a previously approved double level car park in the basement.

"The two buildings will be linked by a bridge and a further bridge over Petrie Street will link them to the City Markets development," Mr Corbell said.


What I want to know is, how many cinemas can you fit into 4460 sq m?!
 

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a fair few, I have a feeling Fountain Gate's 10 cinemas equate to about 3000sqm 16? 20 small ones? :shrug:
 

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thanks abc, ive added it to ss.com. hey any renders yet?
its the 21st bldg ive added to canberras count
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Canberra
High-rise Buildings (all)
# Building Images Height Flrs Year
1. Lovett Tower 93 m 25 1973
2. Scarborough House 61 m 15 1975
3. SkyPlaza 60 m 20 2005
4. Pacific International Apar.. 60 m 20 1996
5. Rydges Canberra 55 m 18 1972
6. The Metropolitan (Tower 1) 55 m 17 2005
7. 18 Marcus Clarke Street 52 m 12
8. Canberra Hospital 50 m 11 1973
9. CFM Building 50 m 14 1996
10. Canberra House 50 m 13 1974
11. National Capital Centre 48 m 13 1992
12. The Metropolitan (Tower 2) 1 46 m 15 2005
13. Julianna Building 45 m 12 1973
14. Section 84 45 m 11 2006
15. High Court of Australia 40 m 1980
16. MLC Building 40 m 9 1963
17. Hobart Place Office Tower 35 m 9 1962
18. SAP House 15
19. 15 London Circuit 14 1971
20. St. George Centre 13 1988
21. Canberra Capital Tower
 

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From today's CBR Times.. the first crane for this job is sitting in Fyshwick near Jim Murphy'sat B&D's on semi's ready to move into Civic.

 

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Update on this job.... the two MFM Cranes are building more shops and parking... about the same height as the current City Markets car parks.

This will apparently have a MOLDI( thats ALDI) supermarket... the current Supermarket will also move over as will City Markets..

Where the City Markets are now will become a Hardware Store..

Borders books also moving into new building... the new 11 storey tax office has been approved after the Minister used his call in powers to approve.

It'll be built where the old Griffin Centre currently stands...
 
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