NewActon-style development bringing city’s tallest tower to Belconnen

6 December 2016

Belconnen is to be home to a $700 million New Acton-style mixed use development, Republic, featuring 1300 apartments and a hotel as well as Canberra’s first glass towers and tallest building.

Atop the 27-storey, 113.7m-tall highest building will be Canberra’s first public “sky deck”.

The first stage of development starts next year, with off-plan sales likely to commence in March.

GEOCON’s Nick Georgalis and architect David Sutherland of Fender Katsalidis Architects introduced the project this morning at an event on the site, currently a carpark on the corner of Cameron Avenue and Eastern Valley Way.

Republic is being designed by Fender Katsalidis and Oculus Landscape Architects, the same team that conceived NewActon.

Mr Sutherland said that while the main tower would be the tallest building in Belconnen, its design meant it would be a “really comfortable fit” reflecting the region’s topography.

“There’s a series of buildings which are very deliberately composed so that you get great layering and buildings climbing up,” the architect said.

“It’s responding to the hilltops and valleys, both around here and the great characteristics of the Brindabella ranges.”

He said the ground plan had its own character, with a public stair connecting Emu Bank with the development.

“It’s more than a stair, it’s a place to linger, it’s sculptural, it’s green, it becomes part of this whole plaza moving through.”

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