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Giant building shaped like arrow head pointing north

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Mark Sawa

The project consists of 235 residential units and a 168-unit hotel.

The project consists of 235 residential units and a 168-unit hotel. Photo: Supplied

A development application is expected to be lodged in the next few weeks for Canberra's tallest building.

The 35-storey development is expected to take 20 months to build once approvals are finalised and the required number of apartment sales is reached.

The development, at the corner of Eastern Valley Way and Aikman Drive, consists of two towers, the second a shorter height at 80 metres.

The 112-metre building has been shaped like arrow head pointing north.

The 112-metre building has been shaped like arrow head pointing north. Photo: Supplied

Developer Geocon - who have issued an artist's impression of what building will look like - said the $150 million investment was a vote of confidence in Belconnen’s future.

The 112-metre building - which will be taller than football field is long - has been shaped like arrow head pointing north. Chris Millman, from Cox Architect, said the design allowed every residential apartment to have solar access.

The project consists of 235 residential units and a 168-unit hotel. This would include a restaurant, bar and conference facilities. There would also be retail and commercial shop fronts as part of the project.

More than 100 residents met with developers earlier this month to discuss the proposal on February 19, with heights and shadowing cited as the major concerns.

Concerns were put to representatives of developers Geocon regarding the scale of the plans, but Mr Millman said the height of the development boosted its visual amenity and environmental credentials. "We are not apologising for height in this development," he said. "We are actually celebrating it."

The plans come just months after a slightly shorter tower in Woden - named Woden 9 - was put on the backburner.

The Woden 9 proposal was withdrawn “to be revised” late last year, with ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell stating that the plans were “not of a scale that was suitable or sympathetic for the town centre”.

30 comments

  • "The 112-metre building - which will be taller than football field is long"

    Eh..? what kind of footy are you talking about? Footy fields where i come from are at least 150 metres and commonly up to 200 metres long.

    Commenter
    Paul Coffey
    Location
    Victoria
    Date and time
    February 25, 2013, 11:33AM
    • You're not in Kansas anymore Toto. This is Canberra where Rugby/League are the dominant codes. And yes, a rugby/soccer/league field, discounting the in goal areas, is exactly 100m long.

      Commenter
      Dave
      Location
      Tuggeranong
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 1:11PM
    • Sorry,
      I watched rugby once and i didn't see antyone kicking the ball. Quite the opposite, they were carying it most of the time and throwing it around a bit too. Not sure how you get a name like football out of that.

      Commenter
      Padrino
      Location
      Ellivarray
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 2:11PM
    • @Dave. Not Kansas but the AUSTRALIAN National Capital... we may be a bit too close to that 'wet carpark' to the north east, but doesn't mean we have to live and breath it... the writer should have been a bit a tad more explicit.

      Commenter
      Reality Bites
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 6:41PM
    • Yes a FOOTBALL field is 100m (you know the game played mostly with your feet and a round ball you banana) AFL is not football!

      Commenter
      Denzo
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 7:35PM
  • Future ghetto complex

    Commenter
    TheJoker1214324
    Date and time
    February 25, 2013, 11:49AM
    • yes. What he said. should go well with the already dwindling Unit market in the ACT...

      Commenter
      yoda
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 9:15PM
  • I support urban infill and actually encourage it. But, so long as it's done properly. I don't know what it is about Canberra but we seem to accept mediocre architecture and design. One look at Woden Town Centre and Phillip, just highlights this. Skyplaza in Woden is a visual insult on our daily lives and the new apartments across the road look like they are from communist Russia. Civic too isn't exempt. The Metropolitan buildings near New Acton are horrible to look at. At least The Apartments and Nishi are more pleasing to the eye and manage to engage their surroundings better.
    Now Belconnen, where the old ABS building have been torn down and replaced by multiple white boxes that are replicas of each other. No individuality, no character. Just lazy design clearly meant to maximise profit. Housing near the lake, great idea.. just more bad, bland design.
    We need better protection of our skyline, not so that buildings can't be built, but better looking and better designed buildings are built. Perhaps then developers would get a lot more support. I can't help but predict, that once built, this building will just be another prefabricated concrete block with balconies. Then those who live in Belconnen can suffer the from the scar that Sky Plaza is to Woden, and Metropolitan is to Civic.

    Commenter
    What?
    Date and time
    February 25, 2013, 11:55AM
    • People left Sydney and Melbourne and came to Canberra to get away from these sorts of monstrosities. What are we doing? trying emulate them with this type of deveopment and all the problems they bring?

      Commenter
      Another Grumpyoldfart
      Location
      Tuggeranong
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 12:27PM
      • @Another Grumpyoldfart - people don't leave Sydney and Melbourne to move to Canberra because of the buildings, they move here for work.

        Commenter
        Tom
        Date and time
        February 25, 2013, 1:13PM

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