Geocon reveals details of Belconnen’s NewActon-style precinct, Section 200

22 June 2016

The architectural firm behind Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck and MONA in Hobart will be the creative minds behind a Canberra mixed-use precinct set to overtake NewActon.

Belconnen’s $500-million Section 200 development will overlook Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen, with plans for a hotel, apartments and terraces, Melbourne-style laneway shops and an amphitheatre.

Local developer Geocon will build the residential and commercial precinct on a 16,314-square-metre block of land wedged between Cameron Avenue, Emu Bank, Eastern Valley Way and the Labor Club.

The developer has revealed Fender Katsalidis​ Architects, the creative mind behind NewActon, are designing the new precinct.

Geocon’s developments general manager Peter Micalos said the mega project would take a decade to complete and eventually consist of three towers, the tallest capped at 27 storeys, plus two lower-rise buildings.

“It’s going to be a world-class, multi-use precinct,” Mr Micalos said. “It will be one of the largest mixed-use precincts Canberra has seen.”

Among the projects highlights will be “extensive” retail options, an 130-room hotel and an amphitheatre-style space.

The “broad range” of residential options will include more than 1000 dwellings.

“We we’ve got Melbourne-style laneway stores, we’ve got convenience outlets, we’ve got some boutique office space and, of course, we’ve got a broad range of apartments and soho terraces,” Mr Micalos said.

Geocon was also considering a public viewing platform at the top of one of the towers, similar to the Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne, which could be booked out for weddings or other functions.

“There’s going to be a lot of public facilities,” Mr Micalos said.

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