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A Bridge To Nowhere - Canberra Centre Owners Delay Pedestrian Bridge

A Bridge To Nowhere - Canberra Centre Owners Delay Pedestrian Bridge

30 September 2014


The final pieces of a controversial development in Civic are beginning to reveal themselves.

An application to amend a pedestrian bridge for a building that doesn't exist yet shows an artist impression of what's coming for Queensland Investment Corporation's section 96 development.

QIC, which owns the Canberra Centre, has delayed constructing the section 96 development, which encompasses Cooyong car park, for years. It recently applied for another holding lease to put off construction until July 2015 with its latest extension set to expire this month.

Despite delays plans for the site continue. The proposed amendment, submitted to the ACT Planning and Land Authority, focuses on a vehicle and pedestrian bridge to straddle Scotts Crossing between Cooyong and Narellan Streets in Civic.

The amendment creates a two-deck bridge, up from one, enclosed in glass. The upper deck would be a road bridge while the sloping lower deck would provide pedestrian access between the buildings and include a travelator.

"The pedestrian link has been designed as a ramp due to the differing floor heights between the two adjacent developments," a report by Purdon and Associates states. "The amendment enhances the safety of pedestrians by providing a non-vehicular alternative directly to the retail level of section 96."

In December 2011, ACTPLA approved a major mixed-use development for section 96 for QIC. Since then the development has undergone a series of amendments.

The most recent plan includes a nine-storey office tower comprising 41,500 square metres of A-grade commercial space; an 11-storey residential towner with 300 apartments; 12,600 square metres of retail area; and car parking.

The original approval also included three separate bridges linking the development to existing buildings.

SOURCE: Mark Sawa, The Canberra Times; September 5; 2014.