Canberra’s Lonsdale redevelopment gets underway

Work has at last started on one of two significant developments in Canberra’s Lonsdale St.

Alluvion on Lonsdale – a six storey, 52 apartment development – is scheduled for completion before the end of 2014, according to director Nick Bulum.

Mr Bulum, was happy to see demolition works begin last week. He said it had taken about 10 years to get to this stage. Over half of the 52 apartments have already sold and the Fred Kasparek designed development will feature office space, retail arcade, studio spaces and a range of restaurants and bars.

Canberra architect Fred Kasparek designed the initial development at 28 and 30 Lonsdale Street, which will undergo a “facelift” on the exterior to separate it from the Mode 3 development recently completed next door.

Most of the businesses in the Lonsdale Street Traders warehouse across the road will move into Alluvion on Lonsdale once it’s built, according to Mr Bulum. Then the warehouse will be demolished to make way for the Palco Apartments that will house 80 apartments and a mixture of retail and dining spaces.

“It’s sort of a new concept for retails – there’s little pods in front of a strip of shops, there’s a day spa, a boutique hotel with a little swimming pool bar on the second floor, and there’s this little cave concept of restaurants that has an internal courtyard. This building’s going to be amazing.”

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