Kingston Foreshore Master Plan

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The Kingston Foreshore masterplan was originally prepared by Colin Stewart and MCC architects. Cox Architecture was engaged to prepare a detailed masterplan and a Development Control Plan to be used by the Kingston Foreshore Authority in guiding development of Kingston Foreshore. In addition, supplementary work was commissioned to prepare detailed controls of specific sites prior to their release and to undertake a planning and feasibility study for the proposed Cultural Precinct centred on the Power House heritage building group.

The site is located at the eastern edge of the East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin and is bounded to the north by the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. To the east the site addresses the Causeway. The Causeway is a remnant of the original Griffin plan for a connection across the wetlands to the Russell apex of the Parliamentary Triangle. The suburb to the east of the road is mainly government housing in an area established early in the life of the city with a strong community history. To the south the site is bounded by Wentworth Avenue a main arterial road leading to central Canberra. To the south of the avenue lies Kingston one of the original suburbs which has been redeveloped since the 1970’s to include a large proportion of multi-unit three storey developments.

By extending the Kingston grid of paths and streets through the Foreshore a permeable edge to the existing suburbs is formed. New development parcels are created as traditional blocks providing address and activity on the street. The masterplan proposes a fine grain development with a scale and rhythm ensuring that pedestrians experience changing and interesting streetscapes.

Kingston Foreshore Master Plan
  • Awards
  • Technical Information
  • Cox Team

Urban Renewal Award, UDIA National Awards for Excellence 2009

Award for Planning Excellence, Planning Institute of Australia 1999

In association with
Stewart Architecture
Kingston Foreshore Development Authority
Project Status
Completed, 2006
Key Consultants
Contractor / Builder
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