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    Construction begins on $300m mixed-use development in Canberra

    Nicholas Rider

    Construction of a Bates Smart-designed mixed-use development has commenced in Canberra. 

    Named Constitution Place, the design of the $300-million project features a five-storey ACT government offices building, and a 12-storey mixed-use tower incorporating a 132-room hotel, along with commercial and office spaces. In addition, the development accommodates 550 car park spaces, childcare facilities, a gymnasium, and end of trip facilities.

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    “The building forms have been sculptured to create a dynamic backdrop to the new public spaces and enable them to respond to their contexts,” says Bates Smart.

    “The ACT Government Offices is expressed as three volumes with fa├žade strategies that respond to their respective solar orientation and context. The commercial building is articulated as two stacked volumes, reducing its scale while expressing its functions.”

    Located on a 9,000-square-metre site on Constitution Avenue, the project will be the first private sector development to be built on the Vernon Circle side of London Circuit.

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    An activated food and beverage laneway between the two buildings will connect Constitution Avenue with the Canberra Theatre.

    The project is expected to be the first WELL-rated building in Canberra, and has been designed to achieve a 5-star NABERS energy rating. A 200kw roof-mounted solar array will reduce the development’s carbon footprint.

    Construction of Constitution Place is due to be completed by mid-2020.

    Images: Bates Smart 

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