Construction has started on a mixed-use residential project on one of the most prized sites in Canberra after a lengthy planning and approvals process that involved close consultation with the National Capital Authority and community groups to ensure it fits with Walter Burley Griffin’s vision for the city.
Named, appropriately enough, The Griffin, the 260-apartment, three-building project on Constitution Avenue in Parkes next to the Anzac Park West building is set in spacious grounds with views of the lake, Brindabellas and Mt Ainslie.
Canberra developer Amalgamated Property Group began preparatory work two weeks ago but the heavy excavators will be on site from today (21 September) to begin the heavy digging.
Also on site for a special soil-turning ceremony will be representatives of community groups that have been involved in the project consultation process including the Reid Residents Association, the Campbell Community Association, the Kingston and Barton Residents Association, Canberra Modern and other architectural design community members.
Development manager of Amalgamated Property Group Michael D’Elboux said the community input had definitely made for a better development.
”There is usually a lot of clashing between the development sector and community groups, but we started working with them in April last year,” he said.
”I think that makes a massive difference when you do that type of thing with the community and you actually listen.”