Geocon to build Canberra’s tallest tower

Geocon to build Canberra’s tallest tower

23 March 2018

Canberra-based developer Geocon is set to build Canberra’s biggest-ever tower after the ACT government approved their $1 billion “Republic” mixed use project in Belconnen, says The Urban Developer.

Delivered over three stages, the Fender Katsalidis-designed project includes a 113-metre tower, terrace houses, an amphitheatre, boutique office space, “Melbourne-style laneway stores”, and a wellness centre and library.

At a later date, 1,213 apartments, an Abode Hotel, retail centre, and supermarket will be added.

Geocon managing director Nick Georgalis said the 113-metre tower will look completely different to anything else in Canberra, with a 100 per cent glazed façade.

“We’re delighted that the ACT Government shares our vision on this project, and of the scope for exciting, well-planned development in town centres,” Georgalis said.

“No-one can accuse Canberra of being boring or stuck in the past with this type of project going ahead.”

It will be the second significant high-rise tower development designed by Fender Katsalidis to be called Republic, sharing its name with Melbourne’s Republic Tower, completed in 1999.

The tower is designed to embrace the adjacent Lake Ginninderra, say the architects.

“In its built form the composition of buildings is redolent of the unique topography of the locale – the hills and valleys, the sky and water,” they add.

Canberra is battling its original spread-out and low-density Burley Griffin-designed layout to create liveable precincts that encourage walking and reduce dependence on car transport, notes the AFR.

Last year the Fender Katsalidis-designed NewActon Nishi development of 14 storeys of apartments above two storeys of hotel won the ACT’s top award for multi-residential architecture, as well as a commercial architecture gong, was won by NewActon Nishi, a Fender Katsalidis-designed development.

Last year Geocon purchased the Garema Centre mall in Canberra’s CBD for $13.35 million, with plans to turn it into a $100 million luxury hotel.