Since the announcement of Geocon's successful tender in July, the Kingston Arts Precinct proposed design has been shared through the first phase of community engagement which focussed on informing interested community members and organisations about the project. This first 'Tender Concepts release' phase is now complete.
Retaining 'the Chapel' will form part of the Tender Concepts design review. Both Geocon and SLA have agreed to look more closely at the 1948 Switch Room, commonly referred to as 'the Chapel', that was approved for demolition in October 2014.
Consequently the approved Development Application for the demolition of the Chapel will expire in early October and will not be relied on when Geocon's development proposal is assessed on its own merits.
Other questions raised during engagement conversations with the architect and the project team have highlighted a number of other considerations which will also feed into the next stage of Tender Concepts design development as well. It is anticipated that this phase will take more than six months to allow further studies to be undertaken to inform ongoing discussions with the community and regulatory agencies.
ArtsACT, SLA, Geocon and Fender Katsalidis have also worked with arts organisations that will move to the precinct in developing their design requirements of the arts buildings. The 'resident arts organisations have a pivotal role in collaborating on the design directly with the architects to ensure their current and future needs are met.
A Community Panel will be established by end of September as an effective forum that will remain throughout the life of the project and will include a broad cross section of community representatives.
A dedicated community engagement site has been established where Architect's presentation of Tender Concepts, upcoming events and project development can be found. Community is encouraged to participate through www.kingstonartsprecinct.com.au to find out more.
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Section: Rachel Stephen-Smith, MLA | Media Releases
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