Warren and Mahoney and urban planners and designers Oxigen have been appointed to deliver a world-class plan for a new Canberra Civic, Arts and Cultural Precinct.
The plan will focus on improving connectivity and increasing the overall cultural offering for the precinct, including public realm improvements, early interventions, pop-up opportunities, and flexible and adaptable spaces that can serve a wide variety of community needs throughout the year.
Over the next 12 months Warren and Mahoney and Oxigen will develop a precinct plan that reflects the needs and aspirations of a young and dynamic community that values community life, social inclusion and financial and environmental sustainability.
City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the successful tender demonstrated a history of using design-led and people focused planning to deliver world-class precincts.
“Warren and Mahoney and Oxigen have all of the technical skills to formulate a comprehensive precinct plan and they also have an approach to city design consistent with the City Renewal Authority’s values,” Mr Snow said.
“The plan will focus on improving connectivity and increasing the overall cultural offering for the precinct, including public realm improvements, early interventions, pop-up opportunities, and flexible and adaptable spaces that can serve a wide variety of community needs throughout the year.
“The team we have selected for this critical project has proven experience in delivering high-profile civic redevelopment in Australia and New Zealand and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement, innovation, sustainability and design excellence.”
Gavin Kain, Managing Principal of Warren and Mahoney said the project was symbolically important.
“Canberra Civic and Arts Precinct is really important in the context of Australia and even potentially beyond,” he said.
“Having been involved in similar projects in other cities, how do you take what are interesting and important buildings, arts facilities, plazas, potentially convention centres which in many of our cities are typically places that can be low on energy and activity, and turn them into places that are vibrant? That's a challenge that I've been involved with previously and was keen to be able to bring some of those experiences to Canberra.”
Gavin is looking forward to working within the capital.
“Some of the most interesting residential and urban areas in Australia are emerging out of Canberra,” he said.
“Change is there and often it's about seizing particular opportunities and momentum. This feels like that sort of opportunity and a privilege.”
The Civic, Arts and Cultural Precinct spans from Constitution Avenue to Northbourne Avenue and is bordered by London Circuit to the east and City Hill to the west. It also includes Ainslie Avenue from London Circuit to City Walk. It is home to the Canberra Theatre, the ACT Legislative Assembly, the Canberra Museum of Gallery and the new ACT Government Office Block currently under construction.
For more information visit cityrenewalCBR.com.au.