Constitution Place – a vibrant urban hub
You will see that some exciting new changes have been taking shape around the Canberra Theatre Centre with the building of Constitution Place. Inspired by Walter Burley Griffin’s design for the capital, Constitution Place will be a 12-level commercial, hotel and dining precinct that will connect to The Canberra Theatre Centre via the laneway between the theatre and the Legislative Assembly.
The development will include a number of cafes, restaurants and retail outlets in addition to a three-level basement carpark with over 600 spaces. The site will accommodate offices for the ACT Government, a beautiful new Adina Apartment Hotel Grand and numerous restaurants and retail.
We are particularly excited that the new precinct will offer an exciting and innovative space which will lend real vibrancy and colour to the cityscape with an activated food and beverage laneway connecting Constitution Avenue with The Canberra Theatre Centre. It will be a space where indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly merge.
Importantly, the precinct will include a new public car park that will almost double the amount of car parks with 250 public spaces as well as 300 private car parks for tenants and guests of the hotel. In the future, the new carpark will allow Canberra Theatre Centre to offer patrons pre-paid, guaranteed parking.
Constitution Place is being developed by the same team behind the transformation of Canberra Airport and the development of Canberra’s most remarkable new suburb, Denman Prospect. Construction began in late 2017 with expected completion in 2020.
How will this affect you?
Perhaps the biggest impact the building site will have upon Canberra Theatre Centre patrons is the loss of our south side car park. Having said that, much thought and consideration has been put in place to support car parking in the city during the project’s construction. A temporary car park will be created on the grassed area near The Playhouse to provide 80 spaces, the reconfigured car park opposite the Sydney Building will yield an extra 51 spaces, providing in total 131 spaces, or over half the number of spaces removed during construction. Mobility parking lost during construction will be replaced park-for-park, approximately eight mobility spaces will be affected.