Step closer to start of construction for ACT’s Kingston Arts Precinct

The Place Brief has been completed for ACT’s Kingston Arts Precinct (KAP) following a consultation process with the local community and key stakeholders.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it will act as a guide for the Suburban Land Agency (SLA), artsACT, architects, landscape architects and urban designers in preparing the design proposals for the precinct.

“NH Architecture team has been engaged by SLA as the Principal Design team, while RPS AAP Consulting and Turner Townsend will deliver project management and quantity surveying services for the project,” said Minister Barr. “Throughout 2023, the design team will develop a detailed design that reflects the KAP Place Brief.”

“Over the next 12 months, the project team will develop a concept design for the new subdivision and arts buildings.

“Further engagement with the community and arts organisations will take place through different stages of the design to prepare submissions for formal approvals that will permit construction to commence.

“Engagement is already underway to ensure community input on incorporating Ngunnawal language across the precinct and the development of the new ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art space.”

Construction on the Kingston Arts Precinct is expected to begin in 2024/2025.

ACT Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne welcomed the consultancy appointments as well as the release of the Place Brief.

“The Place Brief complements and furthers the work of the Founding Strategy, released in September 2022,” said Minister Cheyne. “The vision and values identified through community consultation align strongly with the arts sector’s vision.”

“Also final is the KAP Arts, Cultural and Creative Plan, it provides a more detailed strategy which addresses ways to engage artists over the design, construction and operational stages.

“They were both developed with input from the community and key stakeholders and as such there are recurring themes in each document.

“Together these documents will guide the future place facilitator and design team, helping them to meet the growing needs of our artistic community.”

Astrid Jenkin, Director of NH Architecture said the company was thrilled to be involved in the project.

“We bring extensive experience in precinct design, sensitive heritage restoration and the realisation of contemporary arts facilities with our work on high profile projects like The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation and the Queen Victoria Market Renewal,” she said.

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