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Phillip Block 1, Section 7 is scheduled for release on the Indicative Land Release Program in 2022-23. Engagement is now closed.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the co-design engagement phase. The outcome is a rich, fulsome Place Design Brief for Phillip Block 1 Section 7 which will guide developers who are tendering for the site.
The Place Design Brief describes a Community Narrative:
This precinct is a thriving mixed-use community that delivers the best in urban living by successfully integrating opportunities to work, live and learn through attainable housing for a broad range of household types, access to a convenient public and active transport network, proximity to education facilities, public amenities and shops, a strong focus on culture, creativity and easy access to green open spaces and nature.
From the Narrative, five Place Objectives were defined:
1. Valuing and connecting to the spirit of place
2. Green and Sustainable
3. Bringing people together across different generations
4. Showcasing the best of urban life
5. Getting Around
You can read the full Place Design Brief and the Co-design engagement reports showing what we heard from community at these links here:
The 14,974m2 Phillip Block 1, Section 7 site is centrally sited between Matilda Street, Bowes Street and Callum Street in Woden Town Centre. Adjacent to the current bus interchange and future light rail, some people will know it as the ‘Matilda St Car Park.’
The Suburban Land Agency (SLA) is developing a Place Design Brief with community to define the opportunities particular to this site and to help create unique experiences and a strong sense of place. We want to hear what is important to you, what inspires and attracts you in public places and streets and to understand what you value about Woden town centre life. This will allow us to activate, create and connect public spaces within the site, identify opportunities for local partnerships and create safe environments to play, work and visit.
This Place Design Brief engagement builds on the 2015 Woden Town Centre Master Plan.
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We completed two phases of engagement:
Phase 1 - Discovery
You can read the full report and see at a glance what we heard from community at these links here:
Phase 2 - Co-design
Outcomes from the first phase of engagement were used to inform the draft vision and themes for the second phase of engagement - the co-design of the Place Design Brief for the Phillip Block 1, Section 7 Land Release Site.
Specific engagement with Ngunnawal Traditional Owners and stakeholders was undertaken with the assistance of specialist consultant Bagariin.
SLA is committed to undertaking a meaningful engagement with the Ngunnawal Traditional Owners and stakeholders and will be guided by them to ensure this project captures their knowledge and the unique social, spiritual, and historical connection to place as part of the engagement, land release and development process.
The Place Design Brief is a document generated through consultation process with community to understand what the community values about a site. It looks at the specific site for release, as well as the streets and spaces around it and how people use them and want to use them in the future. It inspires people to collectively re-imagine and reinvent the spaces between buildings - streets, open spaces and parks - as the heart of every community and business.
By engaging with the community from the very start of the design process the project team are better placed to bring together ideas, experiences, and values expressed by the community and stakeholders, enabling the integration of these aspirations within design. This puts people first as we codesign our future public spaces together. Considerations can include things like: open space and landscaping character, street design elements, active building frontages, retail strategy, connection with nature and so on.
The Place Design Brief will form the backbone of the sales documents for the release to market of the site.
Phillip Block 1, Section 7 will be released via a design-based tender. This means that development companies will be required to submit design proposals for the site, taking account of the Place Design Brief as it forms a key evaluation component of the land sale process.
A design-based tender is a process for selling land where developers will provide a concept design for the site that responds to key objectives and criteria. For the release of Section 7 to the market, developers will need to provide a concept that responds directly to the Place Design Brief and the place vision and objectives created by the community. The SLA will review and assess the design-based tender submissions against how they have incorporated the features, objectives, and vision outlined in the Place Design Brief.
The existing public car park with 370 spaces will remain operational until the successful tenderer has completed their Development Application and received all approvals. Once they are ready for construction the car park will be closed. It is anticipated that the approvals will be achieved at the end of 2025, at which time the developer will prepare for construction and close the carpark.
The temporary bus interchange will be in place from early 2023 while the new integrated transport interchange is built as part of the CIT Woden Campus project. The new interchange is expected to be operational in 2025. Allowing for the completion of the new bus interchange and the decommissioning of the temporary interchange will be a condition of our sale. For more information visit www.builtforcbr.act.gov.au
The Woden Town Centre is a major employment base, which requires larger sites such as Phillip Block 1, Section 7 to include new office development as part of the Woden Town Centre Master Plan (2015). It is anticipated the site will include future commercial office space as part of the redevelopment.
As part of the condition of sale, the future developer will be required to provide 200 dwellings, of which 20 are affordable, and 10 are community dwellings as identified in the Indicative Land Release Program (ILRP) 2022-23 to 2026-27.
As per the Phillip Precinct Map and Code (2018) Rule 1.5 Development on nominated car parking areas, ‘the existing number of car parking spaces is retained on the site and made available for public use at all times.’
Upon completion of the Place Design Brief, the site will be offered for sale via a design-based tender towards the end of the 2022-23 Financial Year. The tendering process is expected to take approximately six months, followed by a two year settlement period in which the successful tenderer completes their Development Application.
It is anticipated settlement will occur during the 2025-26 Financial Year, with construction to follow immediately after.
The Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) regularly undertakes planning consultation with the community as part of the planning process across Canberra, and other development projects may be in the planning pipeline, due to commence shortly or are underway. For more information visit www.builtforcbr.act.gov.au and www.yoursayconversations.act.gov.au
Your views have helped us create a Place Design Brief for the Phillip, Block 1, Section 7 site in Woden town centre. The Place Design Brief will establish the non-financial objectives of the site development, provide guidance to future developers of the site and form part of the sales documentation of the site.
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