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Gungahlin business park hopes to lure public servants


Breanna Tucker

An artist's impression of the proposed $68 million development in Gungahlin.

An artist's impression of the proposed $68 million development in Gungahlin. Photo: Keisuke Osawa

A Kingston company has submitted a development application for a $68 million business park in Gungahlin which could host up to 500 public servants.

GEOCON Commercial Holdings hopes to construct six buildings on prime land on the corner of Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Gribble Street.

The 17,264 square metre site would feature $25 million of office space in two buildings expected to be up to 12 storeys high.

Four remaining buildings would host a mix of business and retail ventures, including a childcare centre, a gym, cafe, restaurant and outdoor play area.

The plans include two levels of basement parking as well as undercover parking on the ground level.

The ACT government has announced it will move 500 workers from the Treasury Directorate out to Gungahlin and has shortlisted five companies - KDN Group, Capital Property Group, Amalgamated Property Group, Doma Australia Holdings and Landco - to provide that office space.

GEOCON development and design manager Michael Andrew said his company was part of a consortium with one of the five companies listed but would look at lending the office space to private businesses should the application be unsuccessful.

''We have six buildings proposed on the site, one of which has been designed specifically for a government department should they wish to take up that building. This development application has been submitted entirely independent of that process. If the application [to host the public servants] is unsuccessful, we would seek other tenants.''

GEOCON Constructors is a Kingston-based company with $120 million of development already under way across the city.

This includes the Vue apartments in Tuggeranong, the Fringe at Epicentre commercial suites in Fyshwick and Abode Hotel in Gungahlin, which sits directly opposite the proposed business park.

The company has also completed residential buildings in Kingston, Harrison, Bonner and Franklin.

In the development application, the company says its proposed business park is on a premier land parcel in the suburb.

It is a corner block with primary frontage to Gundaroo Street and is close to public transport corridors, the Gungahlin town centre, Yerrabi Ponds and several schools, shops and childcare centres.

Mr Andrew said the company had already received strong interest from several parties looking to rent the space and had received a warm response after a presentation to the Gungahlin Community Council.

''The Gungahlin community has been seeking to a have a business district with a large government department out there for some time now and we are looking to … meet their needs,'' he said.

''We've had strong interest from a number of parties … but obviously we would welcome having a large government department in that space.''

It is understood the ACT government will cut its shortlist of preferred developers down to three at the end of the month.

6 comments so far

  • 5th paragraph goes straight to parking. How about proximity to the closest ACTION bus stop, and expected bus frequency? Traffic is bad enough as it is - any new development should also explain how it is going to encourage as many users as possible to use public transport, or ride their bike... how many bike parks are in the building? There are nearly always too few for demand - would be great to see this change on a new build like this.

    Date and time
    April 02, 2012, 10:37AM
    • Can't we do something more productive than erecting yet more useless office building stuffed full of tax funded bureaucrats and yet more useless retail . Have they seen the story with retail . How in heavens name do these builders ever get a bank to lend money for this nonsense? Something is wrong . I just drove past DYO in Fyshwick . You could fire a cannon down the mall and not hit anyone .

      Date and time
      April 02, 2012, 10:56AM
      • what do you suggest instead? Maybe a mine, or a manufacturing plant (cars look good).

        I'm pretty sure that people wanting to use a childcare centre, a gym, cafe, restaurant and outdoor play area are probably not going to go to DFO to use theirs.

        Date and time
        April 02, 2012, 2:34PM
    • This is great news, finally a local developer who is committing to our community. The traffic flow in and out of Gungahlin on a daily basis is a testament to the importance of a large scale development such as an office park.

      Other than retail jobs there is little or no employment base in Gungahlin Town Centre.

      Gungahlin ACT
      Date and time
      April 02, 2012, 1:13PM
      • I was not going to comment on this article but the concerns of the commentators above strike a chord for me. It does smack of cargo cultism and building for the sake of building. Worth noting this type of development underpins a hollow economic model that marks building projects as an indicator of good economic management - see the Gold Coast and Dubai as examples.

        The only thing missing in the press statement is a monorail terminus.

        Outraged of Palmerston
        Date and time
        April 02, 2012, 2:17PM
        • Past where? If you mean DFO you can't see how many people are inside from driving past. Some of us tax-funded bureaucrats don't have time to go shopping or driving in Fyshwick mid morning. I'm not a G resident but with the right attention given to complete infrastructure, including transport options, I can only imagine this as a good thing for the local business economy.

          Date and time
          April 02, 2012, 3:07PM

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