13 October 2017
WOVA – WOden reVAmped – will consist of four buildings, including a sleek 24 storey tower, on the one hectare site of the Woden Tradies Club, bounded by Melrose Drive, Launceston Street and Furzer Street.
“This landmark mixed-use development will energise the town centre, creating new jobs and lifestyle opportunities while supporting existing businesses and community groups,” said Geocon Managing Director Nick Georgalis.
“In the 1970s, Woden was booming. It was a thriving hub of public service and retail activity. Since then, Woden has lagged seriously behind other town centres like Belconnen and Gungahlin. To the south, Tuggeranong’s resurgence has also outstripped Woden. People think the area is tired, run-down and lacking vibrancy.
“The game changer for our interest in this town centre was the ACT Government’s announcement that Stage 2 of the Light Rail would extend from the City to Woden, and our development will undoubtedly drive other activity across the centre.
“The WOVA precinct will deliver 800 apartments, contemporary workspaces, and public and private amenities that will breathe new life into Woden and create important connections between nearby businesses, government offices, recreational and shopping facilities, and local neighbourhoods.”
WOVA will be designed by world-leading Fender Katsalidis Architects and Oculus Urban Design, the team behind the NewActon precinct.
“One of the unique features of this development is the focus on public spaces for the community including extensive landscaping, public art, and planned links to other parts of the Town Centre. There will be space for pop-up activities like street markets and family entertainment,” Mr Georgalis said.
“Geocon is committed to good engagement with our neighbours and the Canberra community about our projects and as part of this commitment we have an extensive program of community engagement which will roll out during the coming weeks.”
Geocon has 1500 apartments under development across Canberra this year, with another 3000 in the pipeline, all in the major town centres or on the light rail route. Its Abode Group is the ACT’s largest hotel brand with 400 hotel rooms under management, another 600 in the pipeline, and expansion plans across regional NSW.
For more information: geocon.com.au
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