Doma chosen to develop Yarralumla Brickworks site

The Doma Group has won the right to develop the Yarralumla Brickworks site, with a planned 380 new homes and other development.

Doma was chosen among five companies which put in bids last year, two of which were shortlisted.

The government made the announcement on Tuesday, but provided no detail about Doma’s plans for the site – nor the price paid by the developer.

Doma, a company headed by Jure Domazet, beat a consortium made up of the Coda Property Group, Lendlease and Canberra Contractors.

The company has recently also won bids for the Dickson Motor Registry site, where it will build offices for 1000 public servants, as well as 280 apartments.

Doma previously developed the Hotel Realm precinct in Barton and a number of buildings on the Kingston foreshore.

It is also developing a large carpark in Dickson, which will house a Coles supermarket, a project that has had a patchy planning history.

Last year, it bought the former CSIRO headquarters next to Campbell High School on the edge of Mount Ainslie, where it plans to build an apartment block, and has sought permission to demolish the CSIRO buildings.

Urban Renewal Minister Mick Gentleman said Doma’s Yarralumla proposal was “an exciting long-term solution for this unique heritage precinct which will open up the site to the Canberra community”.

The proposal was for “a garden city that meets the requirements of 380 residential dwellings in a mix of stand-alone houses, terraces, and apartments designed to harmonise with the character of the site and existing Yarralumla streetscapes”, he said. But he provided no further detail about precisely what would be built.

The Land Development Agency would negotiate “to agree principles for project delivery of Doma Group’s tender”. After that, more detail would be released, he said.

Published on 11/04/17, full article here