Belconnen’s new Republic

6 December 2016

It’s a brave new world for the north.

Republic, a new urban estate has been unveiled by Fender Katsalidis, OCULUS and GEOCON, and it’s going to change everything.

Since it opened, the NewActon precinct has been the handsome and all-encompassing place to be. But a $700 million development has been announced that will add a new dimension to Canberra, bringing glass towers, sky gardens and rooftop terraces in Canberra’s first urban estate. From the same minds that brought the award winning Nishi Building to the clamouring masses comes Republic – Belconnen’s own breath of fresh air on Section 200.

David Sutherland from Fender Katsalidis Architects says Republic is intended to be both destination and stepping stone.

“It will be a destination for living, working, visiting and enjoying. It will be a stepping stone as a result of the linkages it creates and encourages in this locale: from the southern extremities of the city through to the lake, and from the University to central Belconnen and public transport interchange.”

The development has a gold nugget position smack in the town centre, bordered by Cameron Avenue, Emu Bank, Eastern Valley Way and the Belconnen Labor Club, and the list of proposed features is long and impressive. Really impressive. Change-the-face-and-function-of-Canberra impressive. Too-long-and-detailed-for-this-format impressive. But here are some highlights: it will be home to Canberra’s tallest building. And Canberra’s first public “sky deck.” Public parks, laneways of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, and, amongst many other features (and possibly most exciting – let’s be real) 500+ carparks.

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