Blocks 5 and 12 Section 32 Belconnen (110 Benjamin Way)

Blocks 5 and 12 Section 32 Belconnen (110 Benjamin Way)

The Site

Block 12 Section 32 is located within the Belconnen Town Centre and is bounded by  Benjamin Way, Market Street and Ibbott Lane. The proposal also incorporates Block 5 Section 32 Belconnen (the gross pollutant trap), which will be subject to a direct sale application.

Site (ACTmapi 2022)

The Proposal

The proponent, Roundhouse Hotel Group, is an ACT company that owns several commercial assets across Canberra.

The proposal explores a residential development that intends to leverage the unique position adjacent to the Belconnen Freshfood Markets (which are about to begin a redevelopment of their own). The Project includes the demolition of the existing hotel and construction of four new ten-storey buildings and three levels of basement car parking that has been fully integrated into the topography of the block.

The four buildings will yield approximately 370 dwellings with a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and SOHO-style townhouses. The buildings provide a strong address to the adjoining streets whilst also encouraging movement through the site from north/south and east/west.

The design responds to the existing distinctive tree canopy along Benjamin Way. The lower four levels (within the street tree canopy) form a ‘podium’ at a comfortable human scale and are loosely arranged for variety and interest throughout the public domain.

The upper levels are angled to the north to maximise views and enhance solar access while allowing cross ventilation to all apartments. This provides visual appeal to the design above the tree canopy with a high level of articulation.

In seeking to retain all the mature trees along Benjamin Way, the landscape concept has become a key driver of the overall building design, along with the central gardens and the deep-rooted planting zones in the centre of the site.

The proposed development will include a high level of amenity for future residents such as urban agriculture, a kitchen garden, a business lounge, and fitness and wellness facilities on the different rooftops. The basement carpark will also include electrical vehicle charging points, while the broader project will incorporate neutralised drainage into the landscape, canopy cover and solar panels.

We are also proposing to relocate the gross pollutant trap at the northern end of the block, which will significantly improve the amenity of the surrounding area and access to and through the site.

Roundhouse has assembled a high-quality design team for the project, which includes Stewart Architecture, Place Logic, Salt3 and Purdon Planning.

Statutory Planning

The subject site is located within CZ2 – Business Zone, which permits the proposed residential use.

While the details of the design are still being finalised, the overall concept is considered to be consistent with the various applicable Territory Plan Codes. The relevant Codes include the Belconnen Precinct Code, Residential Multi-Unit Housing Development Code, the Commercial Zone Development Code, and the general codes where applicable.

As detailed below the proposal responds well to the overall objectives of the CZ2 Business Zone, which are to

a) Provide for office and business sites that are accessible to public transport and convenience retailing and services

b) Provide a diverse range of accommodation sizes and locations for offices close to the retail core

c) Encourage provision of convenient outlets for goods, services and facilities to meet the needs of the workforce

d) Create vibrant lively pedestrian routes and public spaces

e) Ensure a high quality urban environment through use of sustainable design and materials and maintain a high level of amenity for employees and the public

f) Promote active living and active travel

g) Provide a high quality public realm by facilitating active uses on ground floor level that connects with the wider open space, pedestrian and cycle networks to promote active travel and active living.

h) Encourage an attractive, safe, well-lit, and connected pedestrian environment with convenient access to public transport

Architectural Plans

Plans are available for download via the below link. Please note that these plans are a work in progress and may be subject to minor changes following this consultation process and through the detailed design development stage.

Project Timeframe

Purdon Planning is aiming to lodge a DA for this proposal by the end of June 2022. The timeframe for issue of development approval is unknown at this point, however, we will endeavour to regularly update this webpage.

Opportunities for Community Input/Feedback

Purdon Planning will be undertaking community consultation on behalf of the Proponent, commencing Monday 16 May until Monday 30 May 2022.

We will hold an online information session as follows.

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 commencing at 5:30 pm via Zoom. To attend please register your interest at A Zoom meeting link to the session will be emailed to you the day prior to the session.

The project team will also be contacting various community groups to ensure their members and other interested persons have the opportunity to provide comments prior to the lodgment of a Development Application.

Further Information

If you’d like further information or would like to discuss the Proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact Purdon Planning on: (02) 6257 1511

Or use the ‘have your say’ form below to provide comments.

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