Canberra developer Doma Group has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of the 16ha heritage-listed Canberra brickworks site into a low-rise, mixed-use precinct.
Masterplan architects SJB, alongside a team of designers and experts, have conceived the design vision alongside the developer for the site.
In this TUD Plus Briefing, SJB studio director Emily Wombwell unpacks the $500 million-plus heritage project.
The site is approved for a maximum of 380 residential dwellings in a mix of stand-alone houses, terraces and apartments.
Wombwell said the inner-city site was the starting point for Canberra in that it was built to produce the bricks used for the national capital’s first building.
She said the site’s current condition was that of a raw industrial site, inaccessible to the public and overgrown.
“So, it’s a good time for us to move the buildings into their next phase of life,” she said.
Wombwell said that as part of the tender process SJB had undertaken with Doma, it had been proposed six other architectural firms collaborate on the project.
“Given it is 16ha and there’s going to be multiple buildings, we felt it wasn’t seen to be designed by one hand and that it was more organically developed, as cities generally are,” she said.