FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently asked questions
How many dwellings will be built on the site?
The Yarralumla Brickworks will be a boutique low-density development in the Inner South of Canberra developed in accordance with the Territory Plan and the Yarralumla Precinct Map and Code, with a maximum of 380 dwellings spread over the vast 16.1ha site. Doma was selected by the ACT Government as the developer for the site based on a master plan that will form the basis of the development.
What provision is being made for parking?
Requirements for parking will be set through the Estate Development Plan process. However, DOMA have committed to delivering a minimum of 200 non-residential car parks within the development in addition to the residential requirements as prescribed by the applicable codes. All 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are planned to will have two or more car spaces.
What is happening to the heritage buildings?
DOMA intend to retain the majority of the existing heritage buildings and either repurpose them for commercial/retail uses or make them safe and leave them as ‘relics in situ’ as an acknowledgement of the site’s significant industrial heritage. Those relics that cannot be made safe without major intervention and some small more recent additions may be demolished.
What will happen with parking during construction?
DOMA are required to obtain a TCCS-approved Traffic Management Plan which includes construction vehicles movements surrounding the site. Contractors need to comply with this document and requirements of onsite construction parking. Given the vast size of the Yarralumla Brickworks site, all required contractor parking will be able to be catered for on site.
Residents will be kept informed of traffic management plans ahead of civil works commencing. We will also maintain strong and open lines of communication with neighbouring schools and childcare facilities to ensure any concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
How will dust and noise be managed?
Bloc, our builder, will prepare an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the project using their ISO14001 independently accredited Environmental Management System. The plan will consider dust and noise and be regularly reviewed to ensure its effectiveness.
In relation to dust control, wherever possible, potential sources of dust, such as the excavation process itself, transfer point and routes for trucks will be evaluated to determine means for minimising dust emissions. This will include, as applicable:
- Considering the use of water for dust suppression;
- Isolation of excavated areas and transfer points;
- Trucks to be covered when travelling off site or hauling over long distances; and,
- Minimisation of exposed soil surfaces and regeneration as soon as practical.
In relation to noise control, items that will be considered in the development of the EMP include:
- Ensuring all construction plant and equipment is properly maintained;
- Installation of shade cloth or similar on building scaffold;
- Clearly identified vehicle corridors that will be restricted to control vehicle movements on and around the site;
- Vehicle speeds will be limited to walking pace;
- Non-program critical noisy works will be undertaken during approved hours;
- Plant and machinery use near adjoining buildings will be limited where practical; and,
- Delivery routes and permissible delivery hours will be agreed with project stakeholders and communicated to all drivers.
Will any roads be closed during construction?
It is not anticipated there will be any full road closures as part of the construction process. There may be times, however when the southern lane of Denman Street may need to be closed to allow the required off site works to be complete.
This would be required for the safety and security of the contractors, local residents and businesses.
Any road closures required, whether partial or full through construction need to be approved by TCCS ahead of the event.
What are the landscaping plans for the site?
A comprehensive tree survey has been commissioned and will be provided to the ACT Government as part of the Estate Development Plan submission.
The landscape plan also includes the creation of a large publicly accessible park, complete with ornamental lake, approximately 1,000 new trees planted and a new playground and fitness trail created that follows the path of the former railway that originally carried the bricks from the site to Old Parliament House and beyond.
The amount of publicly available green space being created by the development is equivalent to 8 full sized football pitches!
How will I be kept informed?
We are following ACT Government Guidelines to ensure best practice engagement with the community during the delivery phase of the project. This website will include:
- regular updates;
- answers to frequently asked questions;
- details of community consultations; and,
- contact details and links to further information
Residents can also subscribe on this site to receive email updates. Notifications of activities such as partial road closures will also be communicated via letterbox drops to residents in the local area. We have established a toll-free telephone line for community enquiries, operational during business hours, in addition to community information sessions.
We will engage with all interested residents and resident groups, including proactively sending information to all those who participated in the EDP consultations.
What will the environmental performance of the precinct be?
DOMA are committed to delivering the Yarralumla Brickworks development as a 5-star Greenstar Communities project, as rated by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). This will mean that the development will be considered as Australian Excellence when assessed against governance, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation by the GBCA.
When will the work commence?
DOMA are required to undertake significant consultation and achieve a number of design milestones with the Suburban Land Agency before a final Estate Development Plan and the first Development Application is lodged. At this stage it is anticipated that work on the new buildings will not start until mid-2021 and the precinct is likely to be delivered in a number of stages over the following 4 or 5 years. The adaptation of the Brickworks heritage buildings and the opening of the Quarry Park will be timed to take place with the completion of the first stages of residential development, ensuring a lively village is present when the development first opens to the public.
Will there be a variety of designs?
DOMA will deliver a variety of residential products across the site, including boutique apartments, townhouses, separate title terraces and individual detached houses on blocks ranging in size from from 550m2 to 1800m2. The development is designed for owner-occupiers who are looking to up-size or down-size, but we anticipate that it will initially attract investors who may wish to move in as their life plans progress.
To avoid homogeneity in the building design, DOMA will work with a number of leading architectural practices from across Australia to design different precincts or building to ensure an architectural variety and richness of design.
Will there be public access?
The public areas of the site will be owned and managed under a community title scheme owned by the owners of dwellings of the site. Whilst this means that it will be private land, easements will be registered on the Crown Lease that ensure that there is always public access to the Quarry Park and the Railway Playground, main footpath networks and fitness trail. Commercial use of these areas by the public will be restricted and further rules may be put in place by the Community Title to ensure that the condition of the parks can be maintained to a high standard.
The purpose of the community title scheme is to ensure that the vast landscaped areas are maintained to the standard that the development deserves and also to take advantage of smart water saving measures that allow water collected from the roofs of each of the apartment buildings to be used to irrigate the park and ensure that the lake is always topped up.
Who is currently managing the site?
The land is still owned and maintained by the ACT Government, with DOMA becoming legal custodians of the land once the final Estate Development Plan is approved. Any queries or concerns relating to the land that arise ahead of this milestone should be directed toward the ACT Property Group.
How will the developer deal with the environmental factors currently found on site?
A full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared as part of the approval process. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the Environmental Protection and Biodiverstity Conservation Act and will identify and address all ecological, biological and environmental issues arising as a result of the development.
What is happening with the contamination?
As part of the approval process, Doma are required to have an Independent Contaminated Land Auditor approve the site for its intended use and these audit findings are subsequently endorsed by the EPA. Whilst the Territory provided Doma with extensive contamination information, the independent Auditor has requested further testing, so the full picture is known. Once this testing is complete, Doma will complete a Remedial Action Plan to address all contamination issues which will be approved by both the independent Auditor and the EPA prior to the commencement of any work.
Where can I register my interest to purchase?
To keep up to date with marketing material and information regarding sales please visit http://brickworksyarralumla.com.au/. The site provides the ability for you to register your interest to purchase from DOMA ahead of any public release of the development.