Block 2 Section 4 Parkes – Anzac Park East Redevelopment
23 December 2022
Public consultation has now closed.
The NCA has received two separate Works Approval applications for works at the corner of Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue and facing Parkes Way – a nationally significant site in the planning of Canberra.
The site is within the ‘Parliament House Vista Extension – Portal Buildings’, a place entered in the Commonwealth Heritage List (CHL). The ‘Portal Buildings’, located on the Griffins’ Land Axis, frame the Parliamentary vista at its transition from land to lake. The listing refers to the monumental character of the buildings through strongly modelled structural bays, emphasised by vertical columns and the use of sandstone cladding. The site is adjacent to the ‘Parliament House Vista’, also included on the CHL, and significant as the central designed landscape of Canberra that embraces the Land Axis, with its extensive open sweeping vista that can be experienced in two directions. The site also flanks Anzac Parade, a place that is entered in the National Heritage List, that is one of the major cultural landscapes of Australia and is nationally important for its public and commemorative functions.
The applications are for the construction of a new commercial office (‘portal’) building and mixed-use residential development with basement car parking and associated landscaping at Block 2 Section 4 Parkes (Anzac Park East), as permitted under the National Capital Plan and the Crown Lease for the site.
WA102975 - Construction of a new commercial office building and associated works.
WA102646 – Construction of a mixed-use residential development, including commercial uses on the ground level, and associated works.
The NCA is seeking public comment on the design and quality of the proposal and any issues which the community considers should be considered as part of the NCA’s detailed evaluation of the applications against the National Capital Plan.
This consultation process is not revisiting the Australian Government’s previous decision to sell the site or to permit redevelopment for commercial and residential use. Please note the heights of the buildings are articulated in the National Capital Plan and will not be reviewed at this time.
Anzac Park East (APE) was divested by the Australian Government in 2017 and is now under private ownership. APE was purchased by Amalgamated Property Group and is subject to a Crown Lease with the Commonwealth.
The Crown Lease sets out requirements and timeframes for the demolition and redevelopment of the site (Block 2 Section 4 Parkes). There are also strict ‘Detailed Conditions of Planning, Design and Development’ attached to the Crown Lease that reinforce the provisions of the National Capital Plan.
Have your say
Submissions will be able to be lodged from Wednesday 30 November 2022 to 5.00pm (AEDT) Friday 23 December 2022 when consultation closes. Submissions are to be made through this website only. A link to the online form is below.