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.


“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.


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